Quaid-i-Azam University former employees
QAU reluctant to restore 2 staffers
Islamabad, Dec 06 : Defying the orders of Labour Court Islamabad, the
administration of Quaid-i-Azam University is using delaying tactics to
impede the reinstatement of its two former employees of grade-1 who were
compulsory retired on false charges.
Shabbir, ex-bearer, university's boys hostel, and Muhammad Shahid, cook
of a mess at the university, were compulsory retired by the university
levelling false charges of misconduct as the employees had refused to
obey the university's decision to work under a contractor.
employees refused to work and went on strike, as, according to them, it
was unjust to ask the government employees to work under the
supervision of a contractor. Both Muhammad Shabbir and Muhammad Shahid
were leading the employees on the issue so they were targeted by the
administration and disciplinary proceedings were initiated against them
by serving a charge-sheet back in March 2004. At that time UA Ahsani was
the vice chancellor of the university.
employees were charge sheeted on account of their involvement in the
activity of unlawful trafficking of contraband one-and-a-half litre
liquor by a sweeper. During the inquiry they were proved guilty and
compulsory retired despite that the employees had expressed their
reservation on the members of the inquiry committee.
that the employees moved the court against the decision and the court
after years of hearing in its detailed judgement on November 24 has set
aside the decision of compulsory retirement from service and converted
into withholding of two increments and reinstated the employees into
service with back benefits.
order available with The Nation states that "the available evidence was
very weak, therefore, such a harsh action was not warranted against the
petitioner. The penalty ought to have been awarded in commensurate with
gravity of the offence and not beyond that.
Circumstances of the case, factually calls for lesser penalty and
withholding of two increments from pay of the petitioner would suffice
in this case".
It further stated that
except statement of the sweeper no other evidence was available to the
respondent against the petitioner. And nothing has been placed on record
that they were ever found under the influence of liquor or any one
witnessed them taking, possessing, transporting, or selling liquor or
supplying the same to anyone else. So there was no evidence available to
the inquiry committee to proceed against the petitioner.
the university administration instead of implementing the orders has
been considering moving the high court to further prolong the
implementation. The poor employees and their families have already
suffered a lot for almost seven years due to loss of jobs and to get
justice and now the refusal of the university administration to
implement the decision can be a fatal blow for them.
Registrar of the University, Shafiq-ur-Rehman, when contacted said, "We
cannot deny the court decision as we have not got the court decision
yet to implement it. We have asked our lawyer to contact the court so
that the decision can be implemented." He said the rumours to move the
high court on the issue were baseless.
Vice Chancellor of QAU, Masoom Yaseenzai, was also contacted repeatedly
to get his point of view but he did not attend his cell phone.
"It was a wonderful venture by Dr. Fouzia Farooq. Madam, Keep it up... you!"
Name: Sohail Khan
City, Country: London
"Such activities should be a regular part of the university."
Name: Rizwan Ali
City, Country: Islamabad
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QAU holds crafts exhibition
Islamabad: The Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University
organized arts and crafts exhibition with an aim to provide platform to
the students to exhibit their talents and regional cultures.
exhibition was jointly organized by the students and the faculty of the
Department of History. Vice Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University Prof
Dr Masoom Yasinzai inaugurated the exhibition and appreciated the
efforts of the students and faculty. Students displayed almost 600 items
of their artwork in four different categories including personal art
and creativity, regional crafts, collections and display of talent.
purpose of the initiative was to educate the students to cherish and
celebrate diversity instead of intolerance that leads to violence "The
exhibition is a huge success since it has achieved the desired aim of
creating a sense of unity" said Fouzia Farooq a faculty member of the
The participation of the
students was overwhelming good that brought not only items representing
culture of all provinces but the novel pieces of art created by them.
Different regional stalls were allocated to the students from each
region where they stood and explained their arts and crafts to the
visitors. There were also live performances of Rubab, Sattar, Tabla and
Balochi Chapp (musical instrument) by the students, which were
appreciated by all. The response from the students and faculty of other
departments of the Quaid-i-Azam University was enormous.
The students from other universities of twin cities also visited the exhibition.
Quaid-i-Azam UniversityThe exhibition was a successful attempt to reflect the soft image of Pakistan and to promote regional harmony. The nation
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Schools receive new threats
Peshawar: Different schools in the suburban areas of the provincial metropolis have received
fresh threats from militants, asking the staff and students to avoid
these institutions as they are promoting 'infidelity', according to
They said that the threatening pamphlets purportedly issued by a
hitherto unknown group 'Jamaatul Tawheed Wal Jihad' were pasted on the
walls of some schools.
Senior Superintendent Police Ijaz Khan, when contacted, confirmed
that the threats were received by several schools in Gulbarg and Bahana
"We will provide security to these educational institutions to ward off any sabotage act," he said.
"We inform all the teachers, watchmen, school transporters and
particularly students and their parents to avoid these educational
institutions, which promote infidelity. It is better to stop here then
repenting later. So far the blowing up of schools was a warning, after
it everyone would be responsible for themselves," the pamphlet said.
It added that their jihad would continue against infidels till
implementation of the divine law as the present system was against
Islam. The Pakistan government committed intolerable atrocities against
the Mujahideen, seminaries, mosques and the Holy Quran, it alleged.
"Thousands of innocent children, women and elderly people have been
killed in the military operations in Bajawar, Waziristan and Mohmand
agencies and Swat," the pamphlet, carrying the name of Ameer Abu Mansoor
A resident of Nauthia, an area adjacent to Peshawar Cantonment, said
that in their area women teachers of private schools started wearing
burqa after receiving the threatening pamphlets. "The fresh threats have
spread fear and panic among the teachers, students and their parents,"
Sources said that pamphlets were received by schools in Regi, Gulbarg, Nauthia, Bhana Mari and other areas.
SSP Ijaz Ahmed Khan said that security would be provided to those
schools, which received the threatening pamphlets. "It is an old modus
operandi of militants just to spread panic among people," he said.
Regarding security measures adopted by police, he said that police in plain clothes were deputed on the schools.
"I have directed the police officers concerned to visit such schools frequently and keep check on suspected elements," he said.
He added that the watchmen of the schools were provided guns, asking
them to be vigilant and remain on the rooftops of the schools and inform
police in case of movements of suspected elements in the areas.
Militants have destroyed more than a dozen schools on the outskirts of Peshawar during the last two months.
Since emergence of militancy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, so far more than
700 schools have been destroyed, depriving many students of their basic
right of getting education. Dawn
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