PU attack issue: Taseer criticised Punjab govt
Taseer flays Punjab govt laxity on PU issue
Lahore, Apr 07: Governor Salman Taseer has criticised the Punjab
government, saying it is embarrassing that none of the miscreants
involved in thrashing and injuring a Punjab University (PU) teacher has
been arrested so far.
'The Punjab police have to arrest them to
set an example so that no such unfortunate incident takes place in
future,' the governor, who is also chancellor of the PU, said on
Tuesday while talking to the media persons at the university. He
visited the PU to inquire after Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch,
Principal PU College of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Baloch, the chairman of the PU Disciplinary Committee, was attacked by
dozens of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists in his office on
April 1. Besides damaging Dr Balochís office and official car, the
Jamiat activists also attacked the VC Office and his official residence
after the university expelled some students, belonging to the IJT, for
The Punjab governor said those involved in the incident were the same who had opened fire on some PU students in November last.
that time too I had asked the government to arrest those involved but
to no avail,' he said, adding that everybody knew who these people were
and where they lived.
To a question, Taseer said law and order and education were subjects of the provincial government.
is also unfortunate that the Punjab province, having population of 80
millions, and bigger in size than many European countries, does not
have a regular minister for education,' he maintained.
Taseer further said it was right of teachers and students to continue
protesting till the arrest of the responsible people. To a question, he
termed the statement of Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Munawwar Hassan against
the PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as unfortunate, saying that the
incident must not be made a political issue. The governor said the day
of incident was indeed a black day not only for the PU but for all the
universities of the country.
'The incident has made headlines
internationally as the PU is a prominent institution not only in
Pakistan but in the world,' he said.
Earlier, talking to Dr
Iftikhar Baloch, the governor said he was in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh and
Islamabad owing to which he could not come to inquire after him earlier.
VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Pro VC Prof Dr Jamil Anwer, Registrar Prof Dr
Muhammad Naeem Khan and other faculty members were also present.
Iftikhar Baloch informed the governor that he and his family members
were still receiving threats from the IJT activists. He said it was
unfortunate that no-one was arrested yet. He was also critical of the
Punjab government, saying: 'If the government is determined, it can
arrest the culprits even in six hours.'
General Prof Javed Samee said many teachers had been receiving frequent
threats, adding that it was responsibility of the government to take
action against the miscreants.
Earlier, Senior Advisor to Punjab
Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, during his visit to the
residence of Dr Iftikhar Baloch at the PU, said the government would
ensure the sanctity of teachers as well as educational institutions. He
said all possible steps would be taken for the maintenance of law and
order and protection of teachers. He also issued instructions to the
police to arrest those who attacked Dr Baloch.
Advisor to CM
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, MPA Zaeem Qadri, Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, CCPO Lahore
Pervez Rathor, SSP Suhail Ahmed, VC Dr Mujahid Kamran as well as
teachers besides media persons were also present
Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa held a meeting with police officials and the PU
administration in the VC office and directed the authorities concerned
to award punishment to the responsible so that no untoward incident
could happen in future.
He said the chief minister had taken a
serious notice of the incident and issued instructions to the law
enforcing agencies/police to eliminate the hooliganism from the
'The government will provide all-out cooperation
to the university administration for the maintenance of peaceful
atmosphere and no individual or organization would be allowed to
disturb the academic atmosphere in the educational institutions,' he
Meanwhile, the PU Academic Staff Association
(PUASA), after its general body meeting at the Institute of Chemical
Engineering and Technology again staged a peaceful protest.
rally was led by PUASA Acting President Dr Abdul Ghaffar and Secretary
General Prof Javed Samee on the fifth consecutive day to record their
protest against the IJT activists attack on Prof Dr Baloch.
Samee said classes would not start till the arrest of the culprits
nominated in the FIR and peaceful atmosphere for academic and research
activities with a guarantee of foolproof protection to the lives and
property of teachers and students.
He said the PUASA action committee would meet on Wednesday (today) to finalise a strategy for stepping up the protest campaign. The news
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Academic staff associations condemn IJT attack on PU professor
Islamabad: Academic Staff Association (ASA) of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Tuesday condemned the
manhandling of Punjab University (PU) Chairman Discipline Committee
Professor Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch allegedly by Islami Jamiat Talaba
Addressing the meeting specially convened to
discuss the situation and plan further strategy, all the members of ASA
expressed their solidarity with the professor and assured him their
full cooperation in seeking justice.
They demanded the Punjab
government and PU vice-chancellor (VC) to award exemplary punishment to
the IJT activists, who, they said, were responsible for roughing up the
They also demanded registration of FIR against
those involved in the assault. Meanwhile, meeting of Federation of All
Pakistan ASA has been called to devise future course of action.
would be held at AIOU's auditorium on April 19 at 11:00am in connection
with Allama Iqbal's death anniversary. Renowned scholar Justice (r) Dr
Javed Iqbal will present special papers in the function. AIOU VC
Professor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi will preside over the function, while
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Dr Abdul Hafiz will also
address on the occasion.
Earlier, the ASA of Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU), Islamabad had also taken serious note of the incident
of hooliganism by Punjab University's (PU) students against the
Principal, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences and PU's
Discipline Committee Chairman Professor Dr Iftikhar Baloch.
President Dr Aitzaz Ahmad and Secretary Dr Gulraiz Akhter condemned the
incident in strongest possible terms. They demanded the Punjab governor
and Punjab chief minister bring those responsible to justice.
president said that if those responsible were not immediately punished,
he would summon an urgent meeting of ASA' Executive Council to chalk
out a strategy for the future. Meanwhile both the secretary and the
president expressed full solidarity with the injured professor and
assured their unconditional support to the teachers of PU. Daily times
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PU MBBS, DTCD results
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department announced the results of
various examinations on Tuesday. According to a press statement, these
exams included MBBS, Final Professional (Re-Organized Scheme), Annual
Examination 2009, MBBS, Final Professional (New Re-Organized Scheme),
Annual Examination 2009 and Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases
(DTCD), Annual Examination 2007. The detailed results are available at
PU website: www.pu.edu.pk. The news
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Feb 19 violence: 16 IUB students expelled
Bahawalpur: Committee on indiscipline and misconduct (CIM) of
the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) on Tuesday expelled 16 out of
46 students for one to two years along with a fine of Rs6,000 each
involved in the Feb 19 violence.
According to a notification
issued by the university registrar, the 16 students included 13 of the
engineering department, two of economics namely Qadeer Hasan and
Hasnain Altaf and Usman Sohail of media studies.
expelled from the engineering department are Saad Naseer, Sheraz Aslam,
Usman Ali, Yasin Minhas, Habibur Rehman, Abdul Samad, Mudasar Yousaf,
Waseem Abbas, Zainul Abadin, Waseem Akram, Ishaq Ahmed, Nokaiz Tariq
and Rana Irfan Ali.
Besides, eight students were fined to the
tune of Rs6,000 each while 13 were placed under probation from three
months to one-year period and nine were acquitted.
notification said: "The competent authority reserves its decision on
the recovery of damages of breakages, loss and destruction of
university property. A decision on the recovery of Rs4.4 million loss
suffered by the university will be formulated, finalised and announced
It further said reported loss of Rs500,000 by Ali
Hall residents through destruction of their valuables and property
would also be recovered through a separate order. The notification
concluded with a ban on entry of "guilty" students to all university's
Earlier, a number of students of other departments
joined the protest initiated by their fellow students of engineering
college of the IUB.
The striking students claimed that
students of other departments joined the protest rallies taken out on
Tuesday on the premises of Baghdadul Jadid campus.
protesters lamented that the university administration did not take
steps to resolve the issue due to which their future was at stake. The
engineering college students have been demanding restoration of their
sacked principal and students.
On the other hand, the
university administration claimed that that they had offered a
`workable' solution to the striking students, who were adamant on
restoration of the sacked principal. Dawn
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'Flawed policy causes Rs 160m loss to BISE'
Lahore: Employees Welfare Association of the Board of
Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore has claimed that
the board has to incur a loss of Rs 160 million during fiscal year
owing to 'wrong' implementation of chief minister's decision to waive
off admission and registration fee from students of government schools.
A press release said that an important meeting of the EWA was
held on Tuesday, which criticised chief minister's 'ignorance' and
'silence' over the issue and 'conspiracy' by board's administration and
the bureaucracy in this regard.
The meeting chaired by EWA
President Muhammad Aslam Gujjar said those in authority knew it very
well that except examination fees, the boards could not survive. It
observed the government assured immediate release of grants after
recent protests but nothing had been implemented so far.
statement also claimed that BISE Lahore had to face additional loss of
Rs 140 million owing to recent 50 per cent increase in remuneration for
marking of answer papers.
The association demanded of the CM to take notice of the issue and immediately release grant for the BISE Lahore. The news
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Lahore: University of Education will held the second international
conference on "Realizing the Millennium Development Goals Through
University spokesman Zabir Saeed said
experts would present papers in the conference. Delegates from many
countries will participate in it, he added.
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HEC Inter-University Hockey UC Punjab, GCU Faisalabad triumph
Peshawar: University of Central Punjab and Government College University,
Faisalabad teams off to flying start after recording victories on the
opening day of the HEC Inter-University Men Hockey Championship, which
got under way here at University Campus ground under the aegis of
Directorate of Sports University of Peshawar here on Wednesday.
Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Professor Dr. Azmat Hayat was
the chief guest on this occasion. He also declared the Championship
open in which teams from all 13 Universities are taking part. Punjab
University would defend its title.
Initially 64 teams of the higher education institutions took part. The
teams had been divided into eight different zones and two teams each
qualified for the final round, the University of Peshawar is hosting.
Before the start of the matches, the players of all the participating
teams were introduced to the chief guest Professor Dr. Azmat Hayat.
Speaking on this occasion he said that sports and extra-curricular
activities are integral part of a student life and it leads to a
healthy body and fresh mind.
He said that although situation in this part of the country is not well
but participation of such numbers of teams in the event is evidence
that people want peace in this part of the world and all provinces have
full faith on our arrangement.
Although we have remained world champions four times but Pakistan's
performance in hockey is not well for the past few years. However, we
know this very fact that this country has produced legendry hockey
players over the years and this very ground has produced players like
Qazi Mohib, Rashid Junior, Brig. Hami, and players like Akhtar Rasool,
Samiullah, Kalimullah, Hasan Sardar, Shahbaz Senior and Junior and many
more players exhibited their skills on the same grassy surface. There
is no reason if the current young players show such commitment then we
can definitely regain our lost pride in hockey.
He appreciated the efforts of Bahre karam, Director Sports for
organizing such an event and praised his efforts for keeping University
Sports at par with the national level. The final of the Championship
will be played on April 9. Registrar University of Peshawar Sherinzada
Khattak, Controller Examination Iftikhar Hussain Khan and other staff
members were also present in the opening ceremony.
Earlier, in the opening match UoC Punjab beat Islamia Bahawalpur by
3-2. Full-back Ihlaq Bhatti sounded the board in 13th minute while
inside right Akmal and Asghar scored one goal each in the 34th and 50th
minute while for Islamia Bahawalpur Usman and Kamran scored one goal
each in the 24th and 60th minute.
In the second match GCU, Faisalabad defeated Hazara University by 8-0.
Zeeshan Akhtar, Furqan and M. Imran scored two goals each in the first
session while Mohsin Nawaz and Hasnain Ahmad scored one goal each to
make 8-0 tally. The matches were supervised by Qazi Najum-ur-Rehman,
Abdul Baseer, Farmanullah and Naeem Khan while Salim Khan and Yahya Jan
acted as field judges. App
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