Allama Iqbal Medical College student's death issue
Did AIMC hush-up girl's death?
Lahore, Apr 08: The administration of the Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC)
has been accused of covering up the death of Abeera Shahid, a fourth
year student, who was killed during an outstation research tour under
mysterious circumstances. According to the administration, Abeera's
death was "an accident", but her family insists the college tried to
hush up the issue and did not lodge a complaint with the police to
probe the matter.
The parents of the deceased were reportedly
pressurised into not taking any action and told that any action would
bring a bad name to both the family and the institution.
have alleged that the young man accused in the matter is still enrolled
in the college and the administration had not taken any action against
him, rather going out of their way to protect an individual, who
reportedly, is the son of a senior bureaucrat.
relatives and fellow students have demanded that Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry take suo motu action so that the death of an innocent girl
does not go unpunished.
Sequence of events: Sources in the
AIMC administration said that Abeera went to an outstation
research tour with the head of the college's research committee and
another fourth year student, Umair Mushtaq, on February 20, 2010.
They chose to travel in Umair's car instead of requesting a college van.
also disclosed that the students left in the morning but did not return
until late in the evening. Abeera's body was brought to the hospital by
Rescue 1122 personnel.
It was also learnt that Umair is son of
an influential bureaucrat, belongs to a wealthy family and drives a
Toyota Corolla with an official (green) number plate. There are various
rumours circulating regarding the circumstances surrounding Abeera's
death. Some even claim that Abeera's body was found in Umair's car,
which was parked inside college premises, while others say Umair had
abandoned her and fled the scene of the crime.
students, requesting anonymity, said that Umair was the
head of the college's research committee and had taken Abeera to some
place situated near Sheikhupura Road saying that they were going there
to conduct research on some health-related issue.
the administration, headed by Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram, had warned
all students to "keep their mouths shut" about the incident to avoid
facing tough disciplinary action.
They stated that the college
principal had also launched an internal inquiry over the issue but its
findings were not revealed to the students.
There is also
confusion regarding who accompanied Umair and Abeera on that fateful
day, because most of the students said the two were not alone.
Abeera's family members abstained from commenting on the issue.
a close relative of the victim's family said that the
administration had given them four different accounts of how Abeera
He said the principal visited their house and told them that the death was "just an accident".
they said the car skidded and Abeera fell outside through the
windscreen. Then they said the car accidentally hit the divider and she
received serious head injury causing her death, then they claimed that
a tyre burst and the car went out of control severely injuring her and
the final story they fed us was that a door accidentally opened when
the car was being driven at very high speed causing Abeera to fall
outside," the relative said.
He said Abeera was very precious to
them so the family did not want to make the issue public, adding that
the woman who administered Abeera's last rites told the family that
there were scratches on Abeera's face and body.
The relative also added that Umair and his parents came to their house and met Abeera's parents and begged for forgiveness.
Dr Javed Akram said that the college administration had
nothing to do with the incident. The principal said Umair and Abeera
were having an affair and had gone on the tour without informing the
administration. When asked about the condition of Abeera's body and why
he had not filed for an autopsy, he said whatever action he took, he
took it at the request of Abeera's family.
He also said he had
launched an inquiry into the incident, adding that the committee's
findings agreed with their account of events.
He said that
despite being the head of the research committee, Umair was not
authorised to conduct any research without informing the college.
Akram called the incident "an accident", adding that Umair was still in hospital, recovering from his injuries.
said the two were having an affair and several students had informed
the administration that the girl claimed she was going to marry Umair.
father, Mushtaq, who is currently the Nankana Sahib executive district
officer (Health) said that he had nothing to say on issue,
adding that his son would be the best person to talk to.
Umair and his family abstained from commenting on the issue as Umair
neither met the scribe in person nor did he respond to any of his
"Administration is trying to hide the truth, let the public know the truth.."
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
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Non-payment of salaries, increments sparks new controversy at KC
Lahore: Contractually employed Kinnaird College (KC) teachers – who were sacked
by the Board of Governors (BoG) last year and later reinstated by the
Lahore High Court (LHC) – have alleged that KC Principal Dr Bernadette
Dean is 'persecuting' them by freezing their salaries and not giving
them increments on their revised contracts.
The teachers alleged
that Dr Dean had revised the salary packages of all faculty members in
2010 and had awarded increments to her "favourite teachers", depriving
those who had protested against her. They also claimed that the
reinstated teachers had not been paid their salaries, and that the
principal knew about this.
No idea: However, KC Principal Dr
Dean said she was not aware the teachers had not been paid and that no
faculty member had contacted her about the matter. She said the
contracts had been revised according to the institute's policy and
without any discrimination, adding that no teacher had been targeted.
The teachers that were sacked by the KC principal last year on December
23 are set to start a fresh campaign against her for not being paid
their salaries and the revised contracts issue.
Last year, Dr
Dean sacked four regular and three contractual teachers, a move after
which a campaign was launched by teachers and students to show their
concern about the sacking of the seven teachers. These seven faculty
members were among those who had opposed the appointment of KC's
first-ever registrar, Dr Naima Khurshid.
Punjab Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the issue and formed an inquiry tribunal
to submit a report to him on the matter. Later, the LHC restored all
regular and contractual t teachers on January 22.
inquiry tribunal presented its report – later supported by Higher
Education Department's recommendations – in which they advised the CM
that both the registrar and principal should be removed from their
positions and that these posts should be advertised.
recommendations were also sent to the KC BoG for implementation,
however the KC registrar submitted her resignation on March 19. The
situation calmed down after that, only to heat up again as teachers are
set to campaign against the salary and discrimination issue.
A number of KC faculty members on Wednesday said they would launch
protests against the principal. A contractual teacher, Zarina Rizvi,
said she had been restored to her position by the LHC, but "after being
restored, KC did not pay me my salary for four months, even when other
contractual teachers were getting paid".
She said she had lodged
a complain with KC BoG Chairman Dr Alexnader John Malik, but she was
still not paid for the four months.
Sadaf Munir, another
contractual teacher, said Dr Dean was "targeting" her, and had not
revised her salary package. "I have an MPhil degree and according to
college policy, all MPhil degree holders are getting Rs 40,000, but in
my new contract I am still getting Rs 29,000," she said.
notice: Another faculty member said the teachers were planning to file
a contempt notice against the principal and would start a protest
against Dr Dean, "as she is still in office even though the Higher
Education Department recommended the BoG remove her".
said the KC BoG had revised teachers' packages according to the
criteria for MA, MPhil and PhD-qualified faculty members and that they
had set a salary structure. "The salary packages of all contractual
teachers were revised on merit and in accordance with the college's
rules and no teacher has been targeted," she said, adding that the
teachers should have called on her if they were not paid, "but no one
registered their grievances". Daily times
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