Fake degrees case buried
Lahore, Feb 17: As all the major parties have reached an understanding to get their senators elected unopposed, the issue of casting of vote by fake degree holding legislators is also buried somewhere in the process.
Both the Pakistan People's Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the ruling parties in the Centre and Punjab, respectively, have the fake degree holding MPAs in their ranks and this is said to be one of the reasons to avoid the election of senators through vote.
"None of the fake degree-holders has applied for the Senate poll on any party's ticket. However, as the senators are being elected unopposed the status of the alleged fake degree-holders has become legal in the process," said an Election Commission of Pakistan official who requested anonymity.
"Had there been election by vote of the MPAs the status of the alleged fake degree-holders would have been challenged in the ECP as well as in the court," said a legislator of the PML-Q who is against the 'selection' of the senators by mutual understanding of the major political parties.
In one such example, the ECP in January last had directed the Islampura police to register a criminal case against PML-N's Farah Deba, Afshan Farooq, Saima Aziz and Naseem Nasir, and PPP's Safina Saima Khar for having fake degrees. The ECP had found educational degrees of these lawmakers bogus upon verification.
The police station concerned has put the case in cold storage as four of the five MPAs in question belong to the ruling PML-N. "We have registered a case against the five women legislators on the direction of the ECP but no action has been initiated against them on the direction of our bosses," a source in the Lahore police said. To a question whether the ECP was pursuing the case, his reply was in negative.
The PPP also seems to be hand in glove with the PML-N over the issue and does not want to raise it at any forum.
"I think the ECP itself should have taken a serious note of the issue and declared that the fake degree-holders could not be part of the Senate election process," the PML-Q MPA said. The issue, according to him, has been buried once and for all and till the legal life of the assemblies no body from the major political parties will raise it.
SU teachers, employees demand VC's removal
Hyderabad: Members of the Sindh University Teachers' Association (SUTA) and Sindh University Employees' Welfare Association (SEWA) staged protests on Thursday against Vice-Chancellor (VC), University of Sindh (SU), Dr Nazir A Mughal.
The protesters demanded his immediate removal, cancellation of the FIR registered against the SU teachers and employees. They chanted slogans against the SU administration and observed a token hunger strike in two separate camps set up inside the SU campus and outside the Hyderabad Press Club.
President SEWA Ghulam Nabi Bhalai said that the VC and his men were giving threats to the protesters and demanded the VC's dismissal from his post forthwith. Meanwhile, classes at the university remained suspended since January 2 when Director Students Affairs SU, Basheer Ahmad Channar, was shot dead by some miscreants on the premises of the university at Jamshoro.
Aga Khan School recognises achievers
Karachi: Aga Khan School, Garden, hosted an award ceremony recently and recognised the achievements of its graduating classes of 2008 and 2011.
Prof Dr Noshad Ahmed Shaikh, adviser to the Singh governor on the HEC, was the chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was attended by parents, community representatives and the leadership of the Aga Khan Education Service.
A panel discussion presented by alumni and students demonstrated the level of confidence and achievement by the students and alumni of the school. The panellist thanked the school for providing them with opportunities to unleash their full potential and talked about how the school had enabled them to choose careers and become productive citizens of the nation.
Lively open day held at SLS School
Islamabad: An open day was held here at SLS Montessori and School, Satellite Town Campus. MPA Raja Mohammad Haneef Advocate was the guest of honour, while chief guest was Zakat Committee Chairman Mohammad Zahoor Bhatti. President Flour Dealers Association and Chairman Masalihati Committee, Police Station (Sadiqabad), were also present.
SLS Managing Director Asiya Talha took the guests for a tour of the entire premises. Children love cartoon characters and for this reason 'Mickey Mouse' greeted the children and their parents right from the main gate. Open to colours, delight, laughter and entertainment, the school was transformed into a festive look and depicting the theme of fairy tales and the world of dreams. Those who have read about Peter Pan, also know about Pixy 'tinker bell' as every girl student of the school was dressed like her character. How can the boys be left behind, so little 'smurfs' ran around everywhere entertaining everyone.
The classrooms enhanced the theme of fairy tale atmosphere. Every classroom looked like a Walt Disney characters. Cinderella was dancing in the class of Junior Montessori (Rose). Along with her were her step sisters, mother and fairy god-mother as for the boys, well they had to be content with the role of mice. The Junior Montessori (Red) presented Rapunzel. As the scene of a prince rescuing the damsel in distress was enacted. Students from Junior Montessori green were presenting the story of the 'Little Mermaid'.
'Aladin', 'Little Red-Riding-Hood', 'Snow-White with the Seven Dwarfs', 'Goldilock' and 'Three Bears' entertained the guests. There was more as the world of comic books was also resuscitated as 'Tom and Jerry', 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Donald Duck' were shown on the specially arranged cinema hall. Parents and children thronged to these viewings. The parents thoroughly enjoyed and applauded the little children for their superb presentation. The top floor of the campus housed a lavish restaurant where various stalls of eatables satisfied every ones' taste buds.
The games were also arranged where children had fun to their hearts content. A mesmerizing display of art and craftwork of the students gave the proof of abundance of talent and one must appreciate the beautiful crafts made from recycled items. The excited children pointed out their masterpieces to their parents who were beaming with a great sense of pride. The open day concluded on a positive note with the children gaining more confidence and appreciation in their abilities.
Mehfil-e-Milad at City School
Islamabad: Teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) provide enlightened guidance on fostering tolerance, mutual understanding and peace in society.
A memorable 'Jashne Amad-e-Rasul' was hosted by students, staff and management of the City School, Cantonment Nursery Branch, on Thursday. The event was beautifully arranged and well-attended by mothers, grandmothers, organisers and heads of different schools. The stage was decorated with beautiful backdrop creating the right ambience for the 'milad'. The decorations along with the soft recital of 'darood' and 'salam' created a soothing environment, leaving the audience mesmerised.
The colourful environment displayed consistency with the colour code and presented harmony among children. Later, Headmistress Naveeda Riaz thanked the audience for support and enthusiasm they showed in making the event a success. The news
VC gets extension
Muzaffarabad: AJK President Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan granted extension to the AJK University's vice chancellor Prof Dr Habibur Rehman till further orders, stated a notification issued here on Thursday.
AJKU students, members of the varsity's academic staff association and employees have extended their felicitations to the vice chancellor for the extension. Dawn