CMT student's sexual harassment case
Sexual harassment: Police hunt the accused
Islamabad, Oct 29: Police are hunting the three students of the College
of Medical Technology (CMT) who fled after molesting a colleague, while
his friends continued protesting the incident on Thursday.
Sources in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), which runs
the college, said the alleged molesters were natives of Waziristan and
Malakand and identified them by their initials as HU, FU and ZA - and
their victim as AH.
AH, a first year student, accuses the
warden of the college's hostel of playing dirty with him. "Since joining
the college three months ago, I was sharing a room with my classmates.
But suddenly the warden shifted me to the room of the culprits on Oct
21," he said. Asked why, he said: "He must have done that at the
behest of HU and FU."
It was the next day, he said, that ZA led
him to their Room 2126 where HU and FU forcibly disrobed him and
sexually harassed him while ZA made a video of the humiliation using his
mobile phone camera. "Later they started blackmailing me, using the
video. I then reported the incident to the college administration and to
the police," he said.
When other students learnt of his ordeal
they came out protesting which forced the CMT and Pims authorities to
suspend the two main accused on Wednesday.
But that did not
satisfy the agitated students who boycotted classes for the second day
on Thursday and staged a noisy protest outside Pims' emergency ward.
They demanded negotiations with the heads of the two institutions.
Instead, the authorities called in police which enraged the students
further. They blocked access to the Pims emergency out-patients
departments by burning tyres on the Ibn-e-Sina Road. However the police
did not confront the protesting students and just encircled them.
Later the heads of Pims and CMT sent their deputies to calm down the
protesting students with the assurance that their concerns would be
Meanwhile, the Margalla police have registered a
case under PPC 377 (unnatural offences) against the three accused who
are absconding. The charge carries the maximum punishment of
imprisonment for life or minimum two years with fine.
hitch in the case would be that while in his report to police AH accused
his tormentors of "sexually abusing" him, he told the doctors he was
taken to by police for a check up that he was "sexually harassed" and
refused to submit to medical procedure for establishing "sexual abuse". Dawn
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Police register case against 'big bullies'
Islamabad: Although police have registered a case against the 'big
bullies' allegedly involved in sexually abusing a fifteen-year-old
student of the College of Medical Technology (CMT) and the warden of the
hostel accused of facilitating the accused in the crime on the premises
of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), but the hospital
administration tried to hush up the matter by showing the medico-legal
report as normal to weaken the case.
The college hostel warden was
suspended and a case has been registered against the 'big bullies' who
allegedly molested their roommate and made a video of him in nude due to
the protest demonstration by charged students of the College of Medical
Technology at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here on
PIMS Joint Executive Director Dr. Jahanzeb Khan,
when contacted, confirmed the suspension of the hostel
warden. He told this scribe that Dr. Masood Anwar has been appointed the
new warden of the hostel. He said that action was taken against the
warden after getting report from the fact-finding inquiry committee.
"Now a full-fledged inquiry committee has been constituted to ascertain
the facts and it will submit its report in four to five days," he added.
The protesting students, however, alleged that the new committee has
been constituted to save the skin of the suspended warden, Niaz Ali.
asked about the possible legal action against the suspended warden, he
said, strict legal and departmental action would be initiated against
him, if his involvement in the incident was proved in the findings of
the inquiry committee.
Ali Hasnain, 15, a student of the Operation
Theatre (OT) Technician Course, was residing in the college hostel. His
two roommates allegedly molested him last Thursday, but he did not
report the matter out of shame and due to threats hurled by the culprits
and instead went to his home in Dera Ghazi Khan.
The alleged victim
reported the matter to the college administration on Tuesday, but they
were reluctant to take any action against the culprits. The matter was
brought into the notice of the PIMS authorities on Wednesday, but they
too failed to take any action despite giving assurance to the
demonstrating students that the matter would be resolved by Wednesday
A large number of students of the college continued their
protest demonstration on Thursday against the college administration and
the PIMS executive director for not taking action against the culprits,
who had been accused of molesting Ali Hasnain. The charged students
burnt tyres on Ibne Sina Road in front of the main PIMS gate. They also
blocked the entry of patients to the hospital.
"We believe that the
shameful incident took place at the behest of hostel warden, so he must
be suspended. On Wednesday, the PIMS executive had assured us that the
matter would be resolved by the evening, but nothing was done. Now we
are left with no option except for protesting against the college
administration and the PIMS executive director," said one of the
The students chanted vociferous slogans against warden
Niaz Ali, and demanded his suspension. The Margalla Police also reached
the spot and tried to disperse students, but they did not succeed, as
students continued their protest in front of the PIMS Emergency Ward
till their demand for the suspension of the warden was ultimately met.
Hasnain, the alleged victim, lodged an FIR with the Margalla Police on
Thursday, in which he said: "The warden of the college, Niaz Ali,
shifted me from Room No. 2115 to 2126 where students of second year were
living on October 20 against my will. I was sleeping on Thursday night
when Faheem switched off my cell phone and started teasing me. After a
while, Habibullah entered the room and switched off the light after
locking the room. They gagged me and stripped me naked. They molested me
and Habibullah made a video of me in nude. They threatened me that if I
told anyone about the incident, they would upload my nude movie on the
Ali Hasnain said that warden Niaz Ali was also a
teacher in the college. If legal action was not taken against him, it
would become difficult for him to take classes. "He must be terminated
from service for his involvement in the disgraceful incident," he
Meanwhile, the Margalla Police dispatched a team to arrest
the culprits, as they had fled to their hometowns after the matter came
to light on Wednesday. Police said their first priority would be to
recover the video camera from the culprits to prevent them from
uploading it on internet.
When asked, Senior Superintendent of Police
(Islamabad) Tahir Alam said investigation was underway after filing of
an FIR by the alleged victim. Police will arrest warden Niaz Ali after
completion of investigation while the hunt is on for the alleged
culprits. The news
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Spelling Bee: Asra of Kids University is national champion
Islamabad: Baroque spelled success for Asra Ahmed from the Kids
University Karachi who was crowned national champion of the 6th Dawn in
Education National Spelling Bee Competition 2010 held in collaboration
with the US embassy.
Asra Ahmed beamed on the stage holding a
big silver trophy before the applauding spectators - students and
teachers, friends and family.
In the 15 to 17 age category,
Asra dodged the perils of words such as "saccharine", made it around the
curly bend of "banasic" and stung her competitions to victory with the
It was as easy as spelling ABC for Asra who had been a topper since 1st grade, a poet and an editor of her school magazine.
"I knew all the words," said Asma who was planning to return next
year.Zuhair Murad from the Atchison College, Lahore, remained the runner
"Orchidaceous" landed the first-year A-level student into
trouble. "It was a great experience as always that is why I keep
And it was the first time in the nationals for
Fatima Arif Babaney of Mama Parsi Girls School, Karachi. Fatima landed
in third place when she misspelled "burnoose".
In the 12 to 14 age category, Taimoor Ahmed Mian from Karachi Grammar School was declared the national champion.
Second and third places went to Rimsha Siddiqui from Lahore Grammar School and Farah Ahmed of EMS High School, Islamabad.
Sialkot Grammar School's Aila Noor was declared the national champion in the 9 to 12 age category.
Waqar from Lahore Grammar School came in second place and Momina Imtiaq
Bahria College, Islamabad, was the second runner up.
The competition turned exciting when the winners of the 15 to 17 age group took on competition from the audience.
US Mission's Cultural Attaché Brent Beemer shared his pride to partner with Dawn to make the competition a success.
"This is the true face of the future of Pakistan," Brent Beemer said,
appreciating how students demonstrated intense expressions and
Nearly two dozen schools from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Khariyan and Gujrat came head to head in the competition. Dawn
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LHC bars FDE from making recruitments
Islamabad: The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, has barred
the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from making final
appointments until the next hearing of the petition filed against the
process of recruitment of Matric Trained Teachers (MTT) in BPS-9.
to the copy of the order sheet, Judge Rashid Sheikh said that the FDE
may continue the process of recruitment, however, no final appointments
should be made till the next hearing. The court asked the FDE to submit
their comments within 15 days.
The petitioner, Raja Mohammad Khan,
alleged that the recruitment in question is to be made as per the
criteria laid down in the posts advertised in a daily on October 13,
2010. The petitioner believed that the advertisement for walk-in
interview without written tests were illegal.
"The process of
recruitment of BPS-9 teachers, which has been announced by the FDE,
militates against Rule 12 of the Civil Servants (appointments, promotion
and transfer) Rules 1973," said the petition.
information, the FDE advertised 226 posts in newspapers for Matric
Trained Teachers (BPS-9) with Secondary School Certificate and PTC
qualification and Trained Undergraduate Teachers (BPS-14) with the
qualification of FA-FSc and CT. It is learnt that the ministry has also
forwarded a summary to the prime minister for approval, proposing that
the grade 9 and 14 should be abolished and appointments should be made
from grade 16 in all schools and colleges with the qualification of
BA-BSc and BEd, but contrary to this policy the directorate is again
going to recruit teachers in the grades, which are supposed to be phased
Moreover, according to the National Education Policy
no recruitment would be made in grades below 16 including 9 and 14 and
educational qualification required for that would be BA-BSc with BEd.
However, sudden announcement of the MTT teachers when there is no
emergency, raised objection and many FDE employees alleged that such an
announcement has been made to "accommodate" special ones.
FDE Director General Shaheen Khan dismissed the allegation
that any vacancy has been announced against rules. "Whatever has been
done is according to rules and regulations and we will mention those
rules in the comments to be submitted in the LHC," she added. The news
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FUDC'10 starts from Oct 29
Islamabad: Khushhalibank and FAST National University, have provided
40 teams of students from all over the country with the platform to
demonstrate their debating skills at the FAST University Debating
FUDC'10 will be held from October 29 to 31 and is based on the British
Parliamentary Style of Debating. While debating will be the primary
focus of the event, social events like concerts and a formal dinner will
allow the participants to have laid back evenings after healthy
debating rounds, said a press release issued here on Thursday.
Khushhalibank has supported various
initiatives in the past through which its dedication to identify and
nurture future leaders has been witnessed time and again. The most
prominent illustration of this can be seen through the scholarships
Khushhalibank has offered to students in all leading universities of the
country. Through such sponsorships, Khushhalibank reinforces this
commitment, with the promise to support such educational and personality
"We are proud to be a part of such
an initiative which allows us to encourage and recognize the untapped
potential of our youth as we have done so in the past through our
scholarship program", Ghalib Nishtar, President Khushhalibank said.
The three day event will include
scintillating debates between teams from all over Pakistan over various
issues. The event will include workshops for the first-timers and
debating sessions being judged by expert adjudicators.
Dr. Aftab Mahroof, Director, Fast
University said "Fast Universities Debating Championships in the
previous years have proven that Pakistani students are not only
articulate but also-capable of leading our country towards a bright
future. FAST is proud to promote such talented students on a platform.
We would like to thank Khushhalibank for promoting this great cause of
nurturing our future" he added "Providing them with this platform is our
way of showing that the University values excellence in extracurricular
activities as well as academics with commitment to encourage the
participants to develop skills which will go a long way in building our
The previous Fast Universities
Debating Championships have been extremely successful over the years and
this new partnership forged between Khushhalibank and FAST is the first
step towards working together in the future for identifying and
elevating such talent. app
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Islamic Society office-bearers of FG Margalla College take oath
Islamabad: The oath-taking ceremony of the Islamic Society was held at
the Federal Government Margalla College for Women, F-7/4, on Thursday.
chief guest on the occasion was Dawa Academy Director General Professor
Sajid-ur-Rehman. The ceremony started with the recitation of verses
from the Holy Qur'aan and 'Naat'.
The chief guest distributed
certificates of appreciation among the members of the outgoing Islamic
Society. In the second phase, the newly elected society members took
oath and presented with student council badges.
ceremony, Professor Sajid-urRehman said that at present Pakistan was
facing numerous problems like poverty, unemployment, low literacy rate
and terrorism and these challenges could only be tackled by seeking
guidance from the Holy Qur'aan and 'Sunnah'. The news
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QAU to hold family festival, job fair
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association (QAUAA) is
organising 'Quaidian Family Festival and Job Fair 2010' on Friday
(Today) at Football Ground of QAU. The alumni members across Pakistan
will participate in the event with their families.
is a joint collaboration effort of Quaidian Intellectual Forum (QIF) and
QAUAA. This festival will be the first of its kind as fund-raising
event for students of flood-affected regions of Pakistan within campus. Daily times
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Students display works at college exhibition
Rawalpindi: The young students of Federal Government College for
Women, Kashmir Road, on Thursday exhibited colourful works at the
college's annual exhibition.
The pick of the event was the
artistic works by the students of Fine Arts and Home Economics
departments. Young artists displayed their works in designing, drawing,
calligraphy, portraits, tiles, textiles, cards, posters, fabric
paintings, pencil work, and figure compositions. The students employed
different mediums, including oil, pastel, water colours, in still life
The Department of Computer Sciences students
displayed software projects on population census system, examination
system, and dry port system.
The students of Biology Department
made models of cohesion water theory, transportation in animals,
lifecycle of virus, HIV infection cycle, diaphragm movement, plant cell,
coral reefs, deforestation, and digestive system.
catching corner of the exhibition was adorned by the Department of Home
Economics with embroidered kitchen sets, trolley sets, stenciling cards,
baby sets, weaving, and cushions in patchwork.
Raheel Ashraf, director Federal Government Education Institutions,
Cantonments and Garrisons, said education was not limited to textbooks
He said it was a holistic process, including skills of critical analysis, problem solving, moral reasoning and ethics. Dawn
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