Salaam Teachers Day or Black day
Teachers to observe 'black day'
Islamabad, Oct 05: This time around,
teachers have decided to commemorate World Teachers Day as 'Black Day,'
which otherwise is celebrated as Salaam Teachers Day, because of the
killing of Swat University's Vice Chancellor Dr. Farooque Khan.
Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association
(FAPUASA) has announced a countrywide strike and demanded of the
government to take immediate steps for the security of academicians.
President Kalim Ullah lamented that the government had announced 50 per
cent raise in salaries of employees of universities but nothing
practical has been done so far. "The government had promised to release
funding for raise in salaries just to end the series of protests. It is
October 4 now, but universities haven't received even a single penny,"
Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA)
Press Secretary Muhammad Tahir, while talking to the media, said that
Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali assured them that
the problems of teachers would be resolved on immediate basis but
nothing practical has been done so far.
He said that the condition of
teachers is the same from day one as no government addressed their
issues. "In many cases, teachers waited for 25 years for promotion from
one grade to the next," he said.
He said that the current situation
has triggered a sense of deprivation among teachers so those who have
been serving for many years must be promoted according to the time-scale
promotion formula. "Many teachers are not getting salaries for many
months after their reinstatement," he added.
Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza, in her message on World Teachers' Day, has
urged the nation to pledge for enhancing the respect and dignity of
teachers in society as ordained by our religious, social and cultural
She said: "We should take all measures to restore dignity,
honour and respect of teachers in society to promote education in real
She said that teachers were instrumental in the
nation-building because they give vision and direction to young people
who are future of a nation. "Teachers serve as a guide to deliver people
from darkness of ignorance, show them the light of knowledge and put
nation on the path of development and progress," she said.
that teachers besides teaching also concentrate on promoting wisdom,
integrity, character and tolerance among students so that they could
become good citizens.
The speaker said that a nation could only
prosper if it gives due respect and honour to its teachers. She
regretted that in the past teachers had been neglected in our society.
"Teaching community is an important segment of society and all steps
will be taken to resolve their problems," she assured while adding that
teaching has been universally acclaimed as one of the noblest of
APP adds: National Commission on the Status of Women
(NCSW) strongly condemned the cowardly assassination of psychiatrist,
religious scholar and Vice Chancellor of the Islamic University of Swat,
Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan.
The cold-blooded murder of Dr. Farooq has
caused grief and anguish across the country. Dr. Farooq was a mild
mannered person who unflinchingly supported the rights of women and
religious minorities, and spoke out boldly against extremism and
violence. His vision of a moderate Islam reflected the true spirit of
the faith and represented the values that the vast majority in this
country adheres to.
Dr. Farooq's murder is regrettably the latest in a
series of target killings in the country of those who stand up against
barbarity and ignorance. Such crimes against humanity continue to be
perpetrated because criminals have been allowed to operate with
impunity. Flawed legislation, such as the Qisas and Diyat Law, permit
criminals to buy or threaten their way out of being punished for their
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HEC gets Rs1.1 billion as teachers remain defiant
Islamabad: Making an attempt to cool down the employees of public sector
universities who are all set to observe "World Teachers Day" as black
day the government finally released an amount of Rs1.1 billion to the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Monday.
According to the
reliable sources, the HEC had demanded Rs5.8 billion additional
recurring grants from the government in order to pay 50 percent increase
in the salaries to their employees besides 15 percent increase in
pension and medical allowance however only Rs1.1 billion has been
HEC Chairman Javed Laghari confirmed
that the government has released the amount of Rs1.1 billion. "We are
very pleased and hope that we together with universities would be able
to work for the betterment of education sector besides promoting
research culture in the country," he said.
He expressed hope that the
Federation of All Pakistan University Academic Staff Association
(FAPUASA) would call off the strike to be held on today (Tuesday).
However FAPUASA President Kaleemullah rejected any possibility of
calling off the strike and said that they would continue their struggle
until the pledged amount was not released at once. "This is not the way
of releasing money. Whenever we mount some pressure, government makes
some announcement," he said.
He said that the government was making
fun of higher education sector by playing such tactics. "There are 72
public sector universities functioning right now. How the demand of
universities could be met with only Rs1.1 billion when we are not really
sure as to when the other release would be made," he said.
that they don't want to call a strike every month to mount pressure on
government to release fund rather they would held a strike today
(Tuesday) and would continue till the whole amount as pledged by
government is not released.
The issue of HEC budget turned severe
when its approved budget faced a cut due to the floods while the
increase in the salaries of government employees made it next to
impossible for the universities to run their academic affairs smoothly.
Planning Commission of Pakistan refused to release money to HEC for the
increased salaries of employees besides for those students who are
studying on scholarship at various international universities.
first meeting of the committee constituted by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza
Gilani to resolve the issue of non provision of funds to the public
sector universities held on 21st September has hit snags due to stubborn
stance by the government officials who are apparently not ready to
provide funds pledged in the fiscal budget. The stubborn attitude of the
government had triggered series of protest demonstrations and strikes
in the public sector universities.
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Murder of Swat university VC HEC concerned over security of VCs of public sector universities
Islamabad: After the murder of Swat Islamic University vice chancellor
(VC) and renowned scholar Dr Farooq Khan, the HEC has expressed grave
concern over the security of VCs of public sector universities,
especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and urged the provincial
government to take concrete steps for their security.
the information, letters have been written to KP Chief Minister Azam
Khan Hoti and KP Governor Awais Ahmed Ghani by the HEC chairman in which
he, besides expressing his condolence over the assassination of Dr
Farooq Khan, also highlighted the severe security threat to the VCs of
"I am now extremely concerned regarding the personal safety of
vice chancellors of public universities of Kyber-Pukhtunkhwa. The
horrible murder of Dr. Farooq comes in the wake of the earlier
kidnappings of Dr Lutfullah, vice chancellor of Kohat University who was
released after more than eight months in captivity, and the more recent
brazen kidnapping of Dr Ajmal Khan, vice chancellor of Islamia College
These attacks on our eminent academic leaders are
deliberate and designed to cause chaos in our institutions of higher
learning," said the contents of the letter written by HEC Chairman Dr
The HEC chairman also mentioned that the VCs of
Khyber Pukhtunkhwa have highlighted the issue of their personal security
on many occasions and have demanded of the government to provide them
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Vice-chancellors under attack in KP
Peshawar: Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan was the third vice-chancellor of a
public sector university in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who became victim of
militancy-related violence during a period of less than one year.
Farooq, vice-chancellor (VC) of the Islamic University Swat, was shot
dead along with his assistant Saleem Khan after two attackers broke into
his clinic in Baghdada, Mardan, on Saturday and opened fire on him. He
received five bullets in his chest and abdomen and died instantly.
him, VC of Kohat University of Science and Technology, Dr Lutfullah
Kakakhel, was kidnapped by suspected militants and freed after more than
six months in captivity. He was lucky to have survived.
Khan, VC of Islamia College University, Peshawar, is still untraceable
after being kidnapped in the first week of September. All indications
are that he is alive.
Teachers and students of various public and
private sector universities are feeling a sense of insecurity after the
three incidents. Though security has been beefed up at the campus of the
University of Peshawar, senior teachers at this university and also at
other public sector universities feel uneasy due to the wave of
On a number of occasions, intelligence agencies tipped
off local police about a possible attack on educational institutions.
Private schools have also bore the brunt and suffered several attacks.
had been intelligence reports that militants were planning to attack
senior academicians, including VCs, across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and
this had spread a sense of insecurity among these teachers.
was appointed as the first VC of the upcoming university in Swat. He
was vocal in condemning the militants while the two kidnapped VCs were
never heard saying anything against or in favour of militancy.
was probably the reason that militants decided to get rid of their
staunch opponent instead of making him hostage like his two other
Dr Lutfullah was seized by militants from Darra Adamkhel
while on way to his home in Peshawar in November last year. He had
previously served as advisor to former governor Lt Gen (R) Iftikhar
Ajmal Khan was kidnapped by armed men from the Professors' Colony, located adjacent to the University of Peshawar campus.
Raids have been conducted in parts of Peshawar and also in Khyber Agency for his safe recovery.
is grandson of Dr Khan Sahib, former chief minister of West Pakistan
and the then North West Frontier Province and elder brother of Khan
Abdul Ghaffar Khan, commonly known as Bacha Khan.
Apart from the three VCs, the family of a directress of Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was also targeted.
Her son was kidnapped from outside their house in Hayatabad town in Peshawar and released a few days later.
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FAPUASA condemns murder of Swat VC
Islamabad: Strongly condemning the assassination of Dr Mohammad Farooq,
Vice-Chancellor of the proposed Islamic University, Swat, Federation of
All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) has
announced complete strike on Oct 5 which is "Salam Teachers Day" and
instead observe it as a Black Day in all the universities of the
Dr Farooq, a renowned researcher in Islamic Studies and
expert psychologist, was running his own clinic in Mardan in addition to
working on creating infrastructure of the proposed university. He along
with his gunman was killed Saturday at his clinic by two unknown
assailants in Mardan. Earlier, he served as a Shura member of
Jamaat-e-Islami for sometime. He also contested National Assembly
election from NA-6 as a candidate of Islamic Front.
Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar, President, and Prof Kaleemullah Breach,
General-Secretary, FAPUASA, from Lahore and Quetta respectively,
demanded of the government to pay at least Rs50 lakh to the family of Dr
They also condemned the callousness of KP Governor Owais
Ghani who is also Chancellor of all state-universities in
Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa. They said that his inaction led to the kidnapping
of two VCs, the whereabouts of Prof Ajmal Khan, VC of Islamia College
University, Peshawar, are still not known. Both the office-bearers
demanded immediate dismissal of the K-Pakhtoonkhwa Governor and
providing security to the academia in all the provinces, K-Pakhtoonkhwa
and Balochistan in particular.
The FAPUASA said that complete strike
will be observed in the country on International Day of Teachers known
in Pakistan as 'Salam Teachers Day'.
They said that there will be no
classes and demonstrations will be held in all the provincial capitals
and Islamabad. It appealed to all the teachers to participate in the
They also condemned Higher Education Commission and Ministry
of Finance which despite promises did not release a single penny to any
university so far.
The teachers had observed a strike on Sept 22
against the drastic cuts in the budget for higher education. The prime
minister later had announced release of required funding but nothing
happened till the filing of this report.
Meanwhile, the Academic
Staff Associations of Quaid-i-Azam University, National University of
Modern Languages, Allama Iqbal Open University and International Islamic
University also condemned the daylight murder of the VC and announced
to follow the strike call of their federation.
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Universities mourn killing of Dr Farooq
Peshawar: The public sector universities observed three-day mourning on
the killing of Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan, vice-chancellor of Islamic
A condolence meeting held at the Khyber Medical
University was presided over by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad
Hafeezullah. The meeting condemned the killing of Dr Farooq Khan and
urged the government to take effective measures for the security of the
The meeting was also attended by Registrar Dr
Fazal Mahmood, Treasurer Abdul Siddique, Director Academics Prof Dr Shad
Mohammad, Controller of Examinations Prof. Dr Shahnaz Akhtar,
Consultant Research and Development Dr Tasleem Akhtar and others.
participants of the meeting paid glowing tributes to Dr Farooq Khan for
his meritorious services. They also expressed sympathy with the
bereaved family. Meanwhile, Quran Khwani was offered in all the
universities on the university campus Peshawar for the departed soul of
the slain vice-chancellor. The national flag also flew at half-mast in
the universities to mourn Dr Farooq's death.
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Call to arrest killers of VC
Lahore: The teaching fraternity and students, while strongly condemning the killing
of religious scholar and intellectual Dr Farooq Khan who was also Vice
Chancellor of the proposed Swat Islamic University, have demanded
immediate arrest of the killers. The Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) and student
organizations, including Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), said the government
had failed in stopping kidnappings and killings of the teachers. The news
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