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Allama Iqbal Medical College Convocation | ICU kidnapped VC

AIMC Convocation
Islamabad, Sep 21: Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) is going to organise the Annual Convocation for Session 2012-13 in the last week of October, 2013. According to a handout on Wednesday, Prof. Mahmood Shaukat, Principal AIMC/JHL, will be the chief organizer whereas Prof. Arif Tajammal will be the organizing secretary. The college administration asked the students of session 2012-13 to get their names registered in the student section of AIMC administration office until 12 October.

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Former VC of agri varsity passes away
Nowshehra: A former Vice-Chancellor of Agriculture University Jehangir Khattak, was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Pirpiai on Friday. The educationist had passed away after a protracted illness. He was father of Nadra Deputy General Manager Suhail Jehangir and Dr Faisal Jehangir and brother-in-law of former Interior Minister Nasirullah Khan Babar. His 'qul' will be held at the residence of late Nasirullah Babar on Sunday. The news

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Explain why VC not recovered yet
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Wednesday issued show cause notices to the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments asking them to explain why they have failed to recover Islamia College University Peshawar's Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan more than three years after his kidnapping by militants.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Nisar Hussain fixed the next hearing into the matter for Oct 31 asking the federal and provincial governments to explain what steps they have taken so far and why they've failed to recover Ajmal Khan.

Mr Ajmal Khan was abducted on Sept 7, 2010 along with his driver on the way to his office from house in Professors' Colony in the capital city.

Later, some video footages surfaced showing that he was in the custody of militants, who had put forward certain demands to the government for his release.

Deputy Attorney General Mohammad Iqbal Mohmand had sent an application to Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan through the Human Rights Cell of the court requesting him to take a suo moto notice of the issue, saying almost three years had passed but the provincial government had taken no step for the recovery of the vice chancellor.

He said he had filed the application as an individual and not as DAG because Ajmal Khan was a thorough gentleman, who was respected by all.

The deputy attorney general said a video footage of Mr Ajmal was released about which reports appeared in local newspapers on July 7, 2013, wherein he had requested the chief justice and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and chief minister to take interest in his release from Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. The court had included the interior secretary, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inspector general of police, home secretary, the additional chief secretary at Fata Secretariat and the political agents of North and South Waziristan agencies as respondents in the case.

The bench issued directives to the DAG and an additional advocate general Waqar Ahmad Khan.

Meanwhile, the bench disposed of a case related to the kidnapping of eight employees of Gomal Zam Dam Project as seven of them have recently been released by their captors.

The workers were on their way to Tank district from the dam site in South Waziristan on Aug 15, 2012, when they were taken away by kidnappers who later turned out to be militants.

Fida Gul, lawyer for Wapda, said efforts made by the high court and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor had borne fruit as seven of the employees had been set free.

Fata Senator Saleh Shah and MNAs from South Waziristan Maulana Jamaluddin and Ghalib Khan also appeared before the bench. Senator Saleh Shah said the ongoing security situation had adversely affected the traditional jirga system in tribal areas, creating several problems for the people.

He said tribal people were patriotic Pakistanis, who were always ready to stand for the defence of the country.

The chief justice observed that unless the jurisdiction of Supreme Court and high court had not been extended to Fata, the problems prevalent in tribal areas would continue.

Similarly, the bench referred an application filed by mother of the eighth kidnapped employee, Mushtaq Khan, to the Human Rights Directorate of the court.The applicant, Musharaf Jana, said initially, the media reported that all the eight employees were set free but later on they came to know that her son had not been released.

She requested the court to look into the matter and help in the recovery of her son.

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Over 100 schools share buildings in Peshawar
Peshawar: The functioning of three to four primary schools in a single building with no open space has been affecting the academic atmosphere and causing several problems to thousands of students and their teachers.

Officials said that only in Peshawar the number of such schools stood at around 100, of which 60 were in urban area. Of the 100 schools, they said, some were relocated from other areas for different reasons to the buildings of already functioning schools.

The establishment of new primary schools in the building of already functioning schools is illogical, according to officials in the elementary and secondary education department. With this, the number of students has been increased to an unmanageable level in the already overcrowded schools, teachers of such schools said.

Such joint schools have no proper classrooms, forcing their administration to arrange classes in the verandas and open places, as schools in urban areas are usually established on a very small piece of land.

One such example is that of the building of Government Primary School for Boys, Yousufabad, located in the city area which is currently shared by three schools. The other two schools are Government Primary School, Zaryab Colony, and Government Maktab Primary School, Yousufabad.

Similarly, three primary schools have been established in the building of Government Girls Primary School, Afghan Colony, while rooms for the fourth school in the same building were under construction, officials said. There are 15 rooms for 2,200 students with over 130 students per classroom, they said.

The three-storey building of the school is congested and it is very difficult for the small children to reach their classrooms on the third floor through stairs.

The officials said that three schools had been functioning in the four-room building of Government Girls Primary School, Jogiwara, in the interior city. It means one room for one school, they said.

During a visit to the Government Primary School, Yousufabad, this correspondent noted that the furniture provided in two classrooms was mostly broken, while students in other rooms were sitting on the muddy ground as the government had not provided them jute mates.

The Yousufabad school building has four rooms and two small verandas where 13 sections of the five classes have been accommodated.

When asked how they manage so many sections in four rooms, a teacher said that other than rooms and verandas, the students were also sitting in the narrow place between the boundary wall and veranda on the ground floor.

The students were scattered on all available ground in the school and there was no space available to even pass through.

Answering a question, the teacher said that there was no space for the morning assembly and a playground.

Pointing to the under-construction middle school on the premises of the primary school, the teacher said that with the establishment of the middle school, the number of students and their problems would increase manifold.

All such schools are short of facilities, particularly furniture and washrooms. It is impossible to manage and maintain furniture for overcrowded schools, said an official of the district education office, Peshawar. He claimed that establishment of two or more primary schools in a single building was not feasible, but it was done as local MPAs wanted to oblige voters and create some posts to appoint own people.

Additional Secretary Elementary and Secondary Education Department Qaiser Alam Khan, when contacted said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led provincial government was determined to construct schools on need basis and at proper places.

He said that many schools functioning in the same building had been shifted from other areas. Such schools were first established in rented buildings, but later shifted to the government primary schools when owners of the rented buildings asked to vacate them for different reasons. Dawn

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