UoP sexual harassment case | Karak University NOC
Body formed to probe 'sexual harassment' of UoP girl students
Peshawar, Feb 22: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly here Tuesday constituted a special
committee to probe the alleged sexual harassment of girl students by the
teachers at the University of Peshawar (UoP) and award exemplary
punishment to the "black sheep" earning a bad name for their noble
Deputy Speaker Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi
announced the names of the special committee members headed by the Chief
Minister's Adviser on Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani. He made the
announcement after a threadbare discussion on the adjournment motion of
Pakistan People's Party (PPP)'s Nighat Orakzai.
Orakzai, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP)'s Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, Information
Minister Shah Farman, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-Nawaz)'s Sofia
Shahid, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)'s Rashida Riffat, Ayesha Naeem
and Deena Naz will be the members of the committee.
mover, Nighat Orakzai, observed that the girl students were being
sexually harassed by the teachers at the University of Peshawar. She
said this was causing concern to the parents as the harassment had been
taking place for the last several years.
that she had raised this issue in 2011 as it was ruining universities
and the girl students were saying goodbye to education.
PPP lawmaker reminded that the issue was discussed during the tenure of
the previous ANP-PPP government, but action couldn't be taken against
the accused as by then the assembly's term had expired.
asked the PTI-led government to take strict action against the "black
sheep" in the teaching profession and save the future of the innocent
The lawmaker and the entire opposition were not
satisfied with the reply given by Mushtaq Ghani, Adviser to Chief
Minister on Higher Education.
Senior Minister Sirajul Haq
argued that since no particular case had been mentioned in the motion,
it would be advisable for the adviser and the mover to hold joint
investigation into the issue and take action against the criminals.
parliamentary leader Mohammad Ali Shah Bacha, QWP's parliamentary
leader Sikandar Sherpao and its lawmakers Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, Sultan
Mohammad Khan and Meraj Humayun Khan and JUI-F's Munawar Khan Marwat
termed the matter serious and urged the chair to refer it to the
assembly's standing committee.
Minister for Information
Shah Farman supported the opposition's stance and said such incidents
were unacceptable. "Keeping in view the worsening law and order
situation in the province, we would have to be extra vigilant. The chair
should constitute a special committee of women legislators to seek
details of the incidents from the victims," he added.
of the opposition Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan in an emotional speech said
it was a painful and sensitive issue and should be taken seriously.
"This is a very serious issue. It does exist and let us tackle it as our
daughters and sisters are getting education here (UoP)," he stressed.
suggested holding of an in-camera session and said its report should be
kept secret. He added they would have to stop this injustice being
meted out to the daughters of the nation.
said she had proof, but intentionally kept some names secret. "If the
government was not serious about it, I would mention the names and then
the government would be responsible for the consequences," she warned.
Ghani said he wanted to take action against the criminals and referring
the maters to the assembly's standing committee would delay action.
joint opposition postponed discussion on the law and order situation as
a mark of protest against the absence of the chief minister, chief
secretary, IGP, and home secretary in the assembly. Opposition lawmakers
said the responsible officers should have been there during the debate
on law and order situation in the province.
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Hazara varsity gets new VC
Mansehra: The Higher Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on
Friday appointed Dr Sohail Shahzad as the new vice-chancellor of Hazara
University, following expiry of the previous VC's contact term.
A press release issued by the university said that Dr Shahzad had
been affiliated with the university for the last eight years while
working on different posts. He has also served as dean of the law and
administrative sciences in the university. Dr Shahzad, who has his PhD
from the University of Peshawar and MS from the School of Economics from
England, also served as country consultant of the United Nations
Development Fund. Dawn
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HEC awards NOC to Karak University
Karak: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) issued the No Objection Certificate
(NOC) to the Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak vide notification
The Vice Chancellor
of the University, Professor Dr Muhammad Ibrahim Khattak expressed his
heartfelt gratitude to the authorities at HEC and congratulated the
employees of the University for the extraordinary achievement.
press release here on Friday stated that the authorities of the Higher
Education Commission inspection team visited the University on January
31 to examine and evaluate the University's potential and commitment to
meet the HEC standards.
The authorities expressed
satisfaction over the overall performance of the University and keeping
in view the University's compliance with the HEC standards issued NOC.
Vice Chancellor further informed that the issuance of the NOC to the
University was the reflection of the HEC confidence in the performance
of the University. He expressed his determination to make the University
an internationally recognised research oriented centre of learning,
where learners and researcher would come across the world to get
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IJT flays UoP admin
Peshawar: An office-bearer of the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) on Sunday accused
the Peshawar University administration of backing a group of students
that, he alleged, was involved in the firing at participants of a walk
and injuring a student.
In a press statement issued
on Sunday, the IJT President for the University of Peshawar Campus,
Hafeezullah, alleged several activists of the Pakhtun Students
Federation were nominated in a first information report for resorting to
firing on their procession, but no arrest was made so far.
alleged the university administration was providing protection to those
who disturbed the peaceful environment at the university and injured a
student. In order to save the PkSF activists, he alleged, the university
administration lodged a FIR against the IJT office-bearers and charged
them with torching some rooms in the university hostels. The news
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