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Violence on campuses : Universities black day

Violence on campuses: Universities observe black day
Lahore, Apr 13: All universities in the country observed a black day on Monday to protest against a life attempt on Punjab University professor Iftikhar Husain Baloch as well as incidents of violence in Islamia University Bahawalpur; National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad; Government College University, Faisalabad; and Kohat University, Kohat.

On the call given by Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) President Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar, teachers wearing black gowns, displaying black ribbons and badges and carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-IJT slogans staged protest rallies in their respective cities.

The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) also staged a protest rally in front of the Lahore Press Club.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Akhtar, who is also PUASA president, and PUASA general-secretary Javed Samee expressed their satisfaction over the fact that three out of four suspects nominated in Prof Baloch's case had been arrested while the father of the fourth suspect had also been apprehended. Resultantly, they said, the one-item agenda of the ASA for the arrest of the miscreants, who had attacked the professor, stood fulfilled to a great extent.

The ASA office-bearers expressed the hope that the remaining accomplices of the main accused would also be nabbed at the earliest. They resolved that they would not rest until the respect and honour of the teaching community was restored and the culprits, who had ruined the academic peace and good reputation of the oldest and the largest seat of higher learning of the country, were taken to task.

The PUASA would now hold its general body meeting at PU's Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology on Tuesday (today) at 10am and later the participants would leave for PU Old Campus where they would bring out a protest rally at 11am. The teachers will march from Old Campus to the Chairing Cross.

GCU FACULTY: The Government College University, Lahore faculty members and administrative staff have also condemned the assault on Prof Baloch.

They demanded an immediate action against those who carried out the attack and said that such events sabotaged the peaceful environment of educational institutions. Dawn

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"Our educationists have had to embark on a critical cause of reclaiming the higher education institutions from goons, thugs, and religiously-politically motivated mafias masquerading as student organisations. The Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT), the student wing of the Jamaat-i-Islami, has held the Punjab University (PU) and other colleges in Lahore in their iron grip through terror for the last 36 years. In an encouraging move to resist this continuing regime of violence on campus perpetrated by the IJT, teachers participated in countrywide protests marking a 'black day' on an appeal from the Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) to categorically condemn IJT's culture of savagery. The faculty seems to have finally run out of patience after the IJT's attack on the chairperson of the PU disciplinary committee, Professor Iftikhar Hussain, who was beaten black and bloody by these goons the other day. It is the first time that teachers from 55 universities from across the country united to protest against the IJT. Before this, the university and college administrations were more or less silent spectators of the IJT activities. The IJT has enjoyed impunity for far too long. Educational institutions are meant for encouraging thinking and welcoming differences in opinion with tolerance, but the PU seems to have been held hostage by the politics of IJT, which has never failed to use violence and force to impose its own brand of Islam. The undisputed avowal of teachers and civil society actors to declare zero tolerance for the IJT shenanigans must send a strong message to the Punjab government that it is time for officials to take concrete measures to stop the violent threat to higher education posed by the IJT."
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PU tells colleges to rein in IJT
Lahore: The Punjab University has warned the Govt College of Science, Wahdat Road, and Govt Islamia College Civil Lines, of cancellation of their affiliations if they failed to control their students from becoming part of Islami Jamiat Talaba in agitation against the university.

It is learnt the warning letters were issued by Punjab University (PU) Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan in the backdrop of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) recent demo and wall-chalking against the PU administration.

Govt College of Science, Wahdat Road and Govt Islamia College are strongholds of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and are situated near the PU New Campus and Old Campus, respectively. An official of the university, seeking anonymity, said the IJT did not enjoy support of PU students in the protest demonstrations against the varsity. He said, owing to proximity of both the colleges, Jamiat, the student wing of Jamat-e-Islami (JI), managed to gather scores of students for demonstrations against the university.

He said it was shameful on part of IJT that, despite being involved in thrashing a faculty member of the PU, its activists were protesting against the varsity administration. It is pertinent to mention that PU teachers have been observing complete academic boycott after some IJT activists thrashed and injured PU College of Earth & Environmental Sciences (CEES) Principal Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch on the April 1st.

The official said Govt College of Science and Govt Islamia College had been "hijacked" by the IJT over the years, adding the government should take measures to clean the institutes of the Jamiat activists as well.

PU Registrar Dr Naeem Khan confirmed the issuance of warning notices to the two colleges, saying the principals of both the institutes had been asked to identify those involved in agitation and coordinate with police in this regard.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, Professors & Lecturers Forum president Prof Dr Matloob Ahmad Rana and other office bearers have demanded the government take notice of threats being received by many teachers of Govt Islamia College Civil Lines.

"The college administration is bent on turning the college into Mansoora (JI headquarter)", the statement reads. It added the central executive council of Professors & Lecturers Forum (PLF) was held on Monday which condemned the PU incident and demanded the government take stern action against those responsible.

The PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA) on Monday also organized a protest demonstration against IJT outside Lahore Press Club and demanded the government ensure arrest of those involved in incident as soon as possible so that the academic activities could resume at the university.

On the call of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) various institutes of higher learning across the country observed a Black Day on Monday and condemned the April 1st incident. The teachers also demanded the government take measures for ensuring recovery of Kohat University's Vice Chancellor who was kidnapped a couple of months ago.

The PUASA also announced that the association would hold its general body meeting at 10am in the Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology on April 13, and later the participants would leave for PU Old Campus in buses where they would take out a huge protest rally at 11am which would culminate at the Chairing Cross near the Punjab Assembly.

Dozens of IJT activists also held a demonstration outside the Press Club on Monday and, condemning the incident, demanded the government take notice of expulsion and rustication of students at the PU.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, the Government College University (GCU) Lahore faculty members and administrative staff also strongly condemned the assault on Punjab University professor Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch. They demanded an immediate action against those who carried out the brutal attack. They said such events sabotaged the peaceful environment of an educational institution. The news

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10th Convocation of UoB on April 17
Quetta: Tenth Convocation of University of Balochistan would be held on April 17.

Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi who is also Chancellor of University would be chief guest.

Three hundred and fifty Girl and Boy students who have done their PhD, M Phil and passed out other department would receive degrees at the convocation.

Rehearsal for the convocation would be held 4 pm April 16 at Gymnasium hall. Ppi

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KMC to reopen on 17th
Peshawar: After the phase-wise reopening of University of Peshawar (UoP), NWFP Agricultural University (AU) and Islamia College University (ICU), the management of Khyber Medical College (KMC) Monday announced to resume academic activities from April 17. The NWFP University of Engineering and Technology (UET), according to sources, would reopen on April 19 after a thorough review of the situation. Full-fledged educational activities restarted in the UoP on Monday. It had reopened on Saturday but attendance of students was thin on the first day. The Agricultural University reopened on Monday. The UoP campus was closed down on March 20 for an indefinite period after the riots. The management banned all students' groups and warned that the violators of the ban would be expelled. The news

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