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Islamia College Peshawar VC kidnapped

'Militants' kidnap another VC
Peshawar, Sept 08: The vice-chancellor of Islamia College Peshawar (Chartered University), Ajmal Khan, was kidnapped by suspected militants when he left his residence here at Professors Colony for his office on Tuesday, sources said.

The kidnapped vice-chancellor is a close relative of Awami National Party president Asfandyar Wali Khan and Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti.

He served University of Peshawar as provost and later as registrar. He also remained vice-chancellor of Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan. He was appointed its first vice chancellor when the historical Islamia College was upgraded to the status of university in 2008.

A source in University of Peshawar said that Mr Khan was going to his office in his official vehicle bearing registration number A-9450 when six bearded men armed with Kalashnikovs stopped him and bundled him into another vehicle. His official vehicle and driver, Mohibullah, were also taken away.

The station house officer concerned, Waqar Khan said that a suspect identified as Yousuf, a resident of Khairabad area, riding a white colour Corolla motorcar bearing registration number LOR-831 was arrested at Karkhano Market checkpost. The suspect, he said, was in such a hurry that he also met an accident at the checkpost and hit a motorcyclist.

"The suspect has long hairs and his language shows that he is a hardcore criminal. He has given some clues about the gang of kidnappers," he said. A pistol was also recovered from his possession.

"Our sources believe that Taliban are responsible for the kidnapping," he said.

An official of Campus police station said that the vice-chancellor had received some threatening letters and he was provided proper security at his office and residence but he had refused to accept police guards at his residence.

The official said that the kidnappers were seen returning through the Regi Road, but it could not be ascertained if they had shifted the vice-chancellor to the nearby Jamrud area of Khyber agency or moved towards Mohmand region. "But there are maximum chances of his shifting to Jamrud," he said.

Mr Khan became the second vice-chancellor, who was kidnapped by suspected militants. Earlier, the vice-chancellor of Kohat University of Science and Technology, Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel, was kidnapped on Nov 6, 2009, and was later on set free in June last.

Some employees of University of Peshawar pleading anonymity said that the security of Professors Colony, located out of the university, was next to nil. They said that the rest of professors were also not safe in the area. They said that matters relating to security of the colony had also been brought into the notice of authorities concerned but no police guards were deployed there on permanent basis. Dawn

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VC kidnapping condemned
Bannu: The Bannu University of Science and Technology (Bust) Vice-Chancellor Asmatullah Khan on Tuesday condemned the abduction of VC Islamia College University Peshawar and asked the government to recover him early.

Vice Chancellor Asmatullah Khan said the government should provide security to the vice-chancellors in the same pattern like what the commissioners, deputy inspector generals of police and district coordination officers had been provided.

He said the vice chancellors worked hard to provide wide range of opportunities to youth of the nation to get quality education in the public sectors.

The VC said the sense of insecurity was the main hurdle for the vice chancellors in the way of maintaining productive educational environment for youths in the institutions.

It may be added that the vice chancellor of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel was released after keeping him in detention for 10 months.

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Teachers of Bahria Foundation School protest for raise in salary
Rawalpindi: After waiting for nine to ten years for salary increase and up-gradation, 90 teachers of Westridge branch of Bahria Foundation School junior and senior branches, forced at the hands of poverty and price-hike, decided to go on strike while the administration was not ready to listen to their demands and blocked their way to enter the premises.

More than 90 teachers of all the four branches of Westridge branch of Bahria Foundation School junior and senior branches here on Tuesday demanded for the raise in their pay-scale as their salary is not enough to meet the prevalent price-hike.

The teachers said that the government has increased 50% salaries of the government employees and Bahria Foundation being a semi-government organisation should increase the salary by 30% at least. The teachers started their strike on Friday, the students were abruptly given off on Monday morning and were sent to their homes at around 9.30 a.m.

All the teachers were not allowed to enter the college premises for an hour on Tuesday, as the administration was not ready to listen to their demands. The teachers said all of them are educated people and conducting peaceful protest for salary rise. The teachers who are working for the last nine or ten years were given no incentives and substantial increment. Moreover these were fined in case they were late even for a minute.

"Till now we have not been issued any service card, we want our salary packages to be revised, furthermore, we should be notified of our yearly raise. There is no differentiation between the raise and increment. We are not given our pay scale slips as the salary comes in our account. Everything should be documented and notified to us. There are even classrooms without fans in which children suffer due to tremendous heat.

There is no standby generator or UPS installed for the classes. There are other problems also like there is no staff room for the teachers, no library for children and children are also denied any recreational facility. How can we work under such conditions. Children are not allowed to do any function and no Eid Milan parties are allowed, even the Annual Day is not celebrated, no trophies are given to the students on their tremendous achievements.

Even all the teachers are called in summer and winter vacations and have to work accordingly. Vacations remuneration is paid on daily wages, which is reimbursed till February or March. Teachers who have done MSc are working on mere Rs8,000. When the parents are charged around Rs3,000 per child why can't they pay us handsome salaries. Moreover, no experience certificates are given to us after leaving the job. We are pressurised by different means to discontinue our strike. Until and unless our demands are met, we will continue our strike," the teachers said.

When we tried to meet Principal Bahria Foundation College Commodore (r) Mohammad Younis he denied to talk to this scribe.

Director Education and Training Bahria Foundation Khan Akbar said that their head office is in Karachi and all the policies are formulated there. We are only following their rules here.

"Teachers delegation is here and we are sorting the matter out. When we induct the teachers in Bahria Foundation we pay them according to their pay scale categories. Fifty per cent of our income goes to Naval Headquarters. There are 15 stages of pay scale packages and teachers are paid according to the budget. We have to meet other expenses like rent and teachers salary also.

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O level distinction
Islamabad: Hanaan-ul-Haque, a student of the Schola Nova, obtained two A* grades in Pakistan Studies and Islamiat and A grade in Urdu in the Cambridge 'O'level Examination, says a press release. Hanaan-ul-Haque is the son of Mohammad Haqbab. The news

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