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Rawalpindi's oldest school & encroachers

City's oldest school losing land to encroachers
Rawalpindi, Aug 03: The land of city's oldest school built for Muslims has been encroached upon through fake documents and leases.

This has been stated in a report submitted to the Supreme Court by the office of executive district officer (EDO) education in response to a suo motu notice regarding the alleged encroachment of 26 kanals of Government Islamia Higher Secondary School opposite Liaquat Bagh on Benazir Bhutto Road.

In June, the apex court took suo motu notice of the encroachment after the matter was reported in the press. The court directed the district coordination officer Rawalpindi to submit response.

The education department in its report said there were a number of encroachment cases involving the school property because all the land was not mutated in the name of the provincial government when the institution was nationalised in 1972.

The school was established in 1886 by Anjuman-i-Islam Rawalpindi. Even the mutated land was not properly managed and made part of the school by erecting a boundary wall, nor was it used for any reasonable purpose. Since the land record remained with Anjuman-i-Islam, it used the documents for their vested interests, the report maintained.

Giving details of the encroachments, the report said the school ran a plant nursery on its seven kanals leased to a school employee Farman Ali and the lease period was extended from time to time. The lessee was bounded that if he raised any construction or sold the land he would have to deposit 25 per cent of the total price pf the land in the school account at the market rate. After Farmans death, his legal heirs obtained the succession certificate from the court and transferred the lease to someone else. Later, another party claimed the land showing a sale deed in its favour and the revenue department accepted the claim.

However, the school's case is still pending with a civil judge.

The case of seven shops run by the school administration is also pending after the occupants wanted to extend the lease. A mosque built for schoolchildren has also been taken away from the school as it had no boundary wall.

The education department stated that 17 kanal land located behind the school building had also been encroached upon where houses have been built with fake documents. Dawn

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HEC gives deadline of 1 week to universities for verification of degrees
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has given the deadline of one-week to the universities to complete the verification process of the degrees of Parliamentarians as the verification of 700 degrees is still pending. According to private TV channel, HEC has written letters to all universities including Sindh and Punjab and given them deadline of one week to complete the verification process of the degrees. The report would be dispatched to Election Commission with in two weeks. The nation

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Teacher of Army-run school airs grievances
Islamabad: A leading welfare centre being run by the Pakistan Army has been found exploiting the women by issuing fake appointment letters leaving them nowhere to stand for any legal remedy.

Joint Staff Welfare Centre, Chaklala, Rawalpindi, has issued appointment letters to its teachers that neither have any record in the Centre nor do they have signature of any authority of the Welfare Centre. One such teacher was sacked by the Centre and was later was told that there never existed any contract of her appointment.

Details reveal that Ms Naila Imtiaz was appointed as In-charge Montessori Joint Staff Welfare Centre, Chaklala, Rawalpindi on December 18, 2008 by the Chaklala Joint Staff Welfare Centre but the contract which was given to her was so vague that it appeared that she has appointed herself as In-charge Montessori.

According to the contract Ms Naila was appointed for five years with six-month probation period and she completed her probation period on June 18, 2009 but was forced to leave in August 2009 without any show-cause notice or any other intimation. The contract says, "In case of any dispute or grievances with the administration, she (teacher) will forward her application to the chairperson Managing Committee (Mrs Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee), whose decision will be binding on her and will not be challenged in any Court of Law".

Ms Naila while talking to this correspondent said that she was given Rs2000 increment in March which continued till June 2009, her last salary. "After completing my probation period I went on leave as there were summer vacations and came back to work on August 5, 2009 but on august 12, 2009 I was forcefully stopped from working", said the female teacher adding: "I have not been given any record of my attendance and other necessary documents so that I could go to the court". She said that she wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan who replied under letter no. HRC 16967-G/09 dated 29-12-2009 directing her to seek legal remedy in the lower court. She said that the Joint Staff Welfare Centre held inquiries and she was never informed of the outcome. She said that she was accused of printing the contract herself.

The spokesman of Welfare Centre, Major Bokhari said that Ms Naila Imtiaz has served as Principal Montessori but went on ex-Pakistan leave during her probation period upon which her services were terminated, as every institution has a right to terminate the services of anyone during the probation period.

He said that the contract possessed by the lady teacher was neither issued by the Centre nor does it contain signature of any official of Joint Staff Welfare Centre. "She has herself signed the contract with her PA, who was her subordinate, being the witness", said the spokesman adding: "I have myself seen the papers possessed by Ms Naila and could not find anything solid in them".

Major Bokhari said that so far as the role of Mrs General Tariq Majeed was concerned she might even not know the lady hurling such allegation on her. The clerical staff of Joint Staff Welfare Centre confirmed (evidence available) that the contract was initiated from the office of Director General and was sent to the Montessori School through a peon. The staff also confirmed that the record was removed after Ms Naila spoke out for her right.

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QAU Alumni Association 'get together'
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association Pakistan would organize annual 'get together' event on Friday August 6, at Islamabad Club.

This annual event would be attended by the graduates of Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad who are well placed in different international and national public and private sector organisations. The event would be followed by dinner and musical performance by the renowned artists.

Talking to APP QAU Alumni Association Secretary General Murtaza Noor has informed that all the arrangements related to the event have been finalised. Renowned artists and musicians including Ghulum Abbas, Sarah Raza, Ustad Rais Ahmed Khan and Saqib Sultan would perform on the occasion. He requested the alumni members to collect the invitation cards from the selected spots on first come first served basis. The news

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