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Demand to withdraw police from Peshawar University

PESHAWAR, Aug 7: Several students' organisations of the University of Peshawar on Monday expressed resentment over the worsening law and order situation on the campus and attacks on students.

Students' representatives called upon NWFP Governor Ali Mohammad Jan Orakzai to take notice of corruption and nepotism allegedly by Vice-Chancellor Haroonur Rashid.

Speaking at a press conference, Muttahida Talaba Mahaz president Naveed-ur-Rehman said that armed attacks on students in the university had become routine, creating a sense of insecurity among them.

The MTM comprises People's Students Federations, Islami Jamiat Talba, Pakhtun Student Federation and Chitral Students Association.

On July 31, he said, a student of the Law College Ihsanuddin was gunned down by unknown assailants and his colleague Muhibuddin sustained injuries in hostel-1.

Next day, bandits looted a student near the Aga Khan Auditorium and injected him with intoxication who was later admitted to the Khyber Teaching Hospital.

The criminals continued the practice of looting the students as another student was deprived of his car near the Razi Hall hostel. The attackers injured the student on resistance.

PSF chairman Ijaz Yousafzai, IJT Nazim Rafiullah and PkSF president Kifayatullah Marwat were present on the occasion.

Mr Rehman said that a policeman of the Campus Police attempted to kidnap a girl student of the physics department, but she was rescued when the other students made hue and cry.

The university administration remained tightlipped over the issue and no action was taken against law enforcers, he said.

The student leader said that 700 police officials had been deputed on different check-posts and police stations in the university, but they are yet to ensure security.

He alleged that most of the police officials were either directly involved in the criminal activities or supported the criminals.

The studnet leader demanded of the government to withdraw police from the university to restore peace that was essential for study.

Mr Rehman alleged that Vice-Chancellor Haroonur Rashid had appointed his relative as lecturer and added that the person did not deserve the post.

He said that the VC utilised Rs5.8 million on foreign trips that was allocated for the scholarships of students.

He said the teachers resigned from the membership of senate and syndicate in protest against the VC's corrupt practices.

The students also criticised the university's provost who spent million of amount on the visit of the blue eyed students and other luxuries.

They demanded that the government should arrest the killers, bandits, withdraw police from the university and transfer the VC forthwith otherwise students would take to streets and the government would be responsible for any eventuality. Dawn
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