Punishment to Quaid-i-Azam University students
Quaid-i-Azam University students punished for campus brawl
Islamabad, Oct 19: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has expelled 10 students
for a year, and awarded lesser punishments to 23 others, for their role in the
ugly ethnic clashes that rocked the campus over the weekend.
sources said on Sunday that an emergency disciplinary committee constituted by
the vice-chancellor decided the punishments after inquiring into the brawls
between students belonging to Punjab Council and Mehran Council in which guns
were also used.
All those punished have the right to appeal to the QAU
Syndicate against the action taken against them.
Dr Aslam Baig, dean of
the Natural Sciences department and resident officer of the university said that the committee found the 33 students guilty of rowdyism, smuggling in
weapons, attacking rivals or helping the two councils which represent, like
other bodies, students of different regions of the country studying in the
Dr Baig said: "The committee saw to it that the guilty was
punished, but not in a way that destroyed his future."
About the 10
students expelled from the university - five each from Punjab and Mehran
councils, he said they had been expelled for two semesters for their involvement
in bringing in weapons and firing shots to terrorise their rivals.
Besides the expulsion, the committee imposed a fine of Rs25,000 on each
of them and asked them to quit the university hostel if they were residing
Another 12 students - six each from the two councils - were
expelled from the hostels for attacking their rivals.
They were found
leading their group from the front. They were also fined Rs15,000 each.
Three more students were expelled from the hostels for defying the
university administration's orders to calm down and settle their differences
through negotiations. They allegedly put up resistance instead.
students were served warnings for their participation in the brawls and
attacking their rivals. However, all the students can appeal to the university
syndicate against the punishment awarded to them. The syndicate would review the
inquiry and the punishment when any appeal is submitted to it, according to Dr
QAU will communicate to the families of the students the action it
took against their ward for creating law and order situation and spreading
ethnic bias, he added.
Dr Baig said the university will reopen on
Thursday and the students arriving to resume their studies will also be reminded
of behaving responsibly and maintaining discipline and academic atmosphere at
QAU was closed after ugly clashes between the ethnic groups
of Punjabi and Sindhi students over hostel accommodation on October 13 and 14
after which all nine boys' hostels were emptied of their residents.
"i knw there is missing understandng but why all schoolers take ths punish ."
City, Country: larkana,pakistan
"council system should be baned.and there should be only one organization and there should representatives from all rigions.this is the only way to unity. "
Name: hamid zia
City, Country: okara,pakistan
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Schools temporarily closed
Islamabad: Many private schools in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and
Islamabad have been temporarily closed due to security concerns, however, there
is no specific threat to any of the educational institutions, it was learnt on
The closure of schools, especially English-medium institutions,
has not been confirmed by government quarters, and it is believed that the
school administrations have taken the decision on their own.
media reports that besides the twin cities, some private schools as well as
those being run by the Federal Directorate of Education in other cities would
also remain closed for few days. Dawn
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Delay in issuance of UK visa by British High Commission
Islamabad: I have been reading stories in different newspapers
about visa delays by British High Commission Islamabad and UK Home
Secretary Alan Johnson has meet President Zardari and PM Yusuf Raza Gilani and
this issue been raised by them. However one is dismayed to note that they have
been mostly talking about students visa and business visas etc.
want to appeal to British High Commission and Mr Alan Johnson Home Sectary UK
that there are some other type as well, such as settlement visa and allowed
appeal cases etc.
We are victim of these delays as well. Our appeals
have been allowed by Asylum and Immigration Tribunal UK. Many people are waiting
for so many months for a call and some are waiting for their passport back. I am
victim of this process as well I have re submitted my passport and it was 3
months ago. There are people in worse condition too. I know some people who have
been waiting for more then 6 months without a reply. We are away from our
families and partners for a long time as it took more than a year for appeal. It
is indefensible for the British High Commission to take so long just to stamp a
And more worrisome is that there is no time frame for such of
cases. If we call Gerry's they say time frame is INDEFINITE which is totally
unfair. This inordinate delay has even broken many marriages. There are some
unfortunate persons who in accordance with requirements of law submitted TB
certificate with their applications. If six months elapse the application is
liable to be returned for a fresh TB certificate which is very bothersome. This
is absolutely unfair.
It is good to learn that the British High
Commission has a mind to clear the backlog. I am sure the authorities in British
High Commission will take a compassionate view of all visa cases. The news
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PPLA Call to regularise lecturers
Rawalpindi: The Punjab Professors and Lectures' Association (PPLA)
Rawalpindi chapter on Sunday threatened to launch an agitation from October 31
if the provincial government did not regularise the services of 77 lecturers
working in eight degree colleges in the city.
According to a press
release, PPLA Rawalpindi chapter President Mohammad Ilyas Qureshi and Secretary
General Rauf Ahmed Shah demanded that the provincial government should also
regularise the services of the lecturers like it had done in case of 150,000
They said all the 77 lecturers had been working on
contractual basis since 1998 and had not got any pay increase during the period.
He said they were imparting education to girl students but the
provincial government had turned a blind eye to their problems.
said they were not provided annual increments since 1998 and forced to rely on
the fixed salary despite the skyrocketing inflation. They said the ever
increasing inflation had made the teachers' lives miserable as they were finding
it difficult to make ends meet. Dawn
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