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IJT threatens Pharmacy College principal's family

LAHORE, April 18(Daily Times): The family of PU College of Pharmacy principal Prof Dr Muhammad Jamshaid has received threatening phone calls from the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).

A PU official said on Tuesday that the family of Prof Jamshaid, who left for China on an official tour on Sunday, received such calls on Monday and Tuesday. The official said that the family had sought security from the PU authorities.

"On Tuesday, PU vice-chancellor Lt Gen (r) Arshad Mahmood, Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan and some senior PU officials visited the residence of Dr Jamshaid," the official said. He added that the VC directed the registrar to make security arrangements for the family of Prof Jamshaid.

PU registrar Dr Khan said that the PU vice-chancellor had strongly condemned the act. He said that the PU administration had traced the callers, and they had been identified as IJT activists. Dr Khan said that the PU administration had shared the information with the police.

However, PU IJT nazim Muhammad Ayub denied that anyone associated with the IJT had threatened the family Prof Jamshaid. He said that some PU officials were tarnishing the image of IJT by spreading disinformation. "The IJT respects all teachers. No IJT activist can think of committing such shameful act," he added. He said that the IJT condemned such acts. He said that the PU administration should trace the callers and shared the information with the IJT.

About the disruption of the Pharmacy Festival, Ayub said that the IJT could not allow anybody to hold musical concerts at the varsity.

The FIR lodged by the PU administration on Monday against the people who disrupted the festival of the Pharmacy College, includes information on Prof Jamshaid's receiving death-threats.

Pharmacy students protest against IJT: Students of the Punjab University (PU) College of Pharmacy on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration at the college lawns against the IJT for disrupting its festival and beating-up some teachers and students.

Most of the protesters were clad in black and wore armbands. Banners and posters inscribed with slogans 'terrorism and extremism not accepted', 'shame on IJT for beating-up teachers and students' and 'we condemn IJT for ransacking the Pharmacy festival' were displayed.

Following the protest, some teachers and students of the Pharmacy College held a press conference at the Committee Room of the college.

Addressing the press conference, the acting-principal of the college, Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad, Pharmacy Festival chairman Dr Farrukh Zia Khan and lecturer Muhammad Zeeshan Danish, said that strict action should be taken against the IJT activists for disrupting the festival on Saturday evening.

They said that IJT activists had damaged windowpanes of the main hall, crockery worth Rs 350,000, a multimedia projector, computers, a plasma screen, studio lights and a sound system.

They said that the festival management held a meeting with the IJT and sought its help in maintaining peace during the festival.

Zeeshan Danish said that after the incident, he had received several threatening calls from IJT activists.

Parents of students were also present on the occasion. They said that the IJT had deprived the students of a peaceful learning environment at the varsity by imposing its agenda. The mother of a girl student said that she had attended the week-long Pharmacy Festival with her Family and that she had not noticed any un-Islamic activity. A large police contingent was deployed outside the Old Campus during the protest.
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