Students condemn Sialkot's killing
Students strongly condemn Sialkot's brutal killing incident
Rawalpindi, Aug 28: Students of different schools
strongly condemn the brutal killing of two brothers in Sialkot at a
talk held at Jack and Jill Montessori and High School here on Friday.
students vent out their emotions and feelings and talked about the
apathy, lack of injustices and drastic behavioral changes of the
society. This apathy that is prevalent in our society talks a lot about
the negation of basic human rights of Pakistani citizen.
speaking on the occasion, Principal Jack and Jill Montessori and High
School Tahmeena Mailk said that why are we so insensitive, why are the
members of civil society so silent, why the police so callous and
indifferent and why has this behavioral change come about?
citizen of a just and peaceful nation we must speak up. Change always
come to a nation when we say no to injustice, say no to Human Rights,
say no to corruption and say no to what unbecoming of a Muslim. A crowd
stood there as silent spectators and saw two innocent brothers
mercilessly beaten to death. Even if they were guilty, is it fair to
take the law in their own hands. It was the law enforcing agencies
responsibility to take up the matter, instead of leaving the boys at
the mercy of culprits.
The culprits must to brought to book and
exemplary punishment should be meted out to them. If they are set free
then this act of barbarism would be repeated again and again and
lawlessness would prevail," she said.
Tahmeena Mailk asked the students to exercise restraint and patience first at home, then finally in the society you live in.
students of SLS, Grammar, Silver Oaks and Happydale said that every
time such incidents appear on the media, commissions are made for the
inquiry but after sometime the matters are hushed up. The students
urged the higher authorities to come out of their air-conditioned rooms
and give justice to them. It's the students we're talking about not
Director SLS School Asiya Talha said that this
matter came into limelight through media by someone who made a video on
his cell phone. Everyday so many incidents occur but we don't get the
slightest idea of the atrocities being meted out on innocent lives due
to 'karo kari', child abuse, 'haq bakshish' etc. "We must stand now
against the corruption of the government and cruelty of feudal lords. I
fail to understand why no other Mukhtara Mai is coming and why we don't
have any other Edhi.
Maria Haroom explained the Islamic perspective
of peace and tolerance to the students in detail. "We are witnessing
the same atrocities that were prevalent before Islam. It is because we
don't understand the teachings of Quran, we don't open the Holy Quran
and understand its meaning," she said.
National Programme Manager
SPARC Mohammad Imtiaz Ahmed said that it was a shame that the people of
Sialkot were making movie as if it was a wedding or a function they're
attending. Even the law states that they are innocent until proven
guilty. He urged the students to write letters to parliamentarians
strongly condemning the incident. The news
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NUML students, faculty flay police's role
Islamabad: The students of National University of Modern Languages
(NUML), Friday, staged a protest demonstration on the campus against
lynching of two brothers in Sialkot and torture of female students of
Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
Around 350 students of
different departments of the university gathered at the parking area of
the campus and shouted slogans " We Want Justice" and "Justice Denied is
Faculty members of the university also joined
them. They carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans against
the perpetrators of Sialkot incident and the Bahawalpur police for
torturing female students of the medical college.
Sialkot incident "shameful" and "act of barbarianism" which had further
tarnished the image of the country, they demanded that the perpetrators
must be apprehended and awarded punishment. They also condemned the
Punjab police for its role as silent spectator during the killing of the
brothers by the mob. On the media reports that the two brothers were
robbers, they said the issue must not be politicised and even if they
were burglars street justice should not be prevailed and people should
not take law into their hands.
The students also condemned the baton
charge of female doctors by police personnel at the campus. They
demanded registration of an FIR under the Anti-Terrorism Act against the
DPO who ordered the policemen to baton-charge female students and
The students said the "brutal" treatment meted out to the
medical students by the Punjab police was an "inhumane act" and the
height of highhandedness on the part of police officials.
demanded of the federal and provincial governments to look into both the
matters and provide justice to the bereaved family and QAMC students.
sought from the Punjab government to overhaul and reform the police
force which instead of protecting human lives lowering sanctity of
female students and remain silent spectator if such barbaric Sialkot
incidents occur. The nation
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Still waiting for a technical college
Rawalpindi: The slow pace in which the provincial government is
pursuing the establishment of a technical college/institute in
Rawalpindi is depriving youth in the city - and in the district - access
to quality technical education.
The PC-1 of a Rs500
million-technical college project in Rawalpindi was recently rejected by
the chairman of the Technical Education and Vocational Training
According to the zonal manager of Tevta,
Mohammad Rashid, the project was rejected because of its site: it was
away from the city centre and the locality lacked basic facilities.
rejection of the PC-I has delayed the effort to establish a polytechnic
institute in the city offering technical education courses like Diploma
of Associate Engineering (DAE) and Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech).
has been deprived of a public technical institute ever since the
Government Rawalpindi Polytechnic College was closed down in 1984 and
the building taken over by the army-run College of Electrical and
Mechanical Engineering, previously based in Quetta.
While Tevta –
formed in 1999 through a provincial ordinance -- has established and is
running a string of technical institutes and colleges in Punjab, it has
yet to do so in Rawalpindi city and district.
There are some 24
institutes in the province which offer the DAE programme, including
four in Lahore alone. The other cities which already have technical
institutes include Sialkot, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Jhelum,
Mianwali, Attock, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan,
D.G. Khan, Burewala, Layyah and Jaranwala.
B.Tech programme is
available in five of these institutes, as well as in the Government
College of Technology in Rasul, District Mandi Bahauddin.
dearth of a government technical college in Rawalpindi has left youth
wanting to pursue technical education at the hands of private
institutions which charge high fees yet have no proper facilities.
private technical student, Aqeel Ahmad said: "Students here are
bearing the heavy burden of fees in private technical institutions. They
are also facing difficulties in getting admission in government
technical colleges in other cities. Even when they do get admission
there, they have to face problems of accommodation and transportation."
private student, Mohammad Usman, said: "Every government has been
harping on enhancing global competitiveness in Pakistan without
recognising the importance of technical education. The students of the
fourth largest city in the country are being deprived of a proper
technical college." "How can we achieve our goals with such a fragile
educational infrastructure," he lamented.
technical student, Rehan Ali, an engineer, had this to say: "A mega city
like Rawalpindi without a government technical college testifies to the
sincerity of our leaders and city managers in building the future of
These youth, like many others in Rawalpindi, hope
that Tevta will be able to resolve the land problem and establish a
technical college in the city as soon as possible. Dawn
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FJWU sends relief goods to flood-hit areas
Rawalpindi: Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University Prof. Dr .Saeeda Asadullah Khan launched a campaign for flood relief at FJWU.
campaign was aimed at helping all destitute and displaced; affected by
the natural calamity and university administration encouraged active
participation from all the faculty and staff to donate generously in
cash or kind. The university administration decided to help people of
flood-affected areas by supplying articles of everyday usage every week.
week the first truck loaded with relief good including medicines,
clothing, beddings, food items along with water purifying tablets was
sent to Nowshera Kalah (Doaba) and Mohib Banday. A team of eight people
went along with the first flood relief truck of Fatima Jinnah Women
On Saturday (28 Aug) another truck would be dispatched
to Eeysa Khel inside Mianwali. Two-days salary of faculty and staff
above 17 grades and one-day salary of staff 5-16 grades is being
donated for Chief Minister Fund for Flood Relief and Rehabilitation
with Bank of Punjab. Fatima Jinnah Women University is playing an
active role in fund raising campaign for the flood-affected people.
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Female teachers seek exemption from special duty
Peshawar: Female teachers who have been assigned
with the special duty of looking after flood affectees have asked the
government to review the decision as they are faced with numerous
One of the teachers said that they were
staying at their schools from dawn to dusk waiting for the flood
affectees in the month of Ramazan, but they have yet to receive any
affectee so far.
She said none of the women affectees were living in
any camps alone as they were staying along with their male family
members at various schools, but the female teachers have to stay at the
empty girls' schools all the day long and wait for the affectees to
"We also stay at our empty schools late in the evening,
which is tiring. We are not looking for an excuse to shirk our duties,
but staying at school late in the evening does not serve any purpose,"
"We want the government to review the decision. The
female teachers at the schools, where the affectees are not staying,
should be exempted from the special duty," she said. The news
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