International Islamic University blasts victims

No hope for IIU blasts survivors, victims families
Islamabad, Jan 16: The compensation amount announced by the government in November 2009 for the survivors and families of the suicide blasts at the International Islamic University (IIU) though brought hope to many, yet even after passage of three months, they are moving from pillar to post to get the promised compensation.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had announced compensation of Rs 0.3 million each for those who lost their lives and Rs0.1 million were announced for around 40 injured in the blasts of October 20, 2009.

An amount of Rs1 million was also announced for Pervaiz Masih, Janitor of the Female Cafetaria who sacrificed his life and saved hundreds of female students who were present in the cafeteria when the blast occurred.

So far, 10 people have died and among injured many are still under treatment in different hospitals but there was no financial support for them from the government and the university had been bearing the expenses of treatment of the victims spending millions of rupees.

The parents of the victims have been demanding the amount from the university officials and the university had sent many reminders to the Interior Ministry as well to pay the compensation to the victims but the procedural delays on part of the ministry caused hurdles in the release of the amount.

Now the ministry has asked the university officials to wait as the summary has been sent to the Prime Minister for approval, it has been learnt on Friday. The university and family of Pervez Masih had welcomed the government announcement to pay an amount of Rs1 million for the family of Pervez who laid his life in saving lives of hundreds of female students at the university cafeteria.

The scars of the incident have still not healed and memories of the horrific blasts are still fresh in the minds of the victims and their families. Not only victims but their whole families have suffered due to the attacks on an educational institution.

Though the university has given a job to the brother of Pervez at the campus but his widow, Shaheen, still has been waiting for the compensation and families of other victims are also passing through hard times. The nation

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IIU Daycare Centre
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has welcomed an announcement of financial support by the Ministry of Women Development for upgradation of the Daycare Centre at its female campus under a programme for the economic empowerment of women.

The ministry has announced a grant of Rs8.7 million for the IIU Daycare Centre. The university runs this centre to enable working mothers to go to their workplaces with ease. There are about 160 female teachers and 200 women at the female campus, ranging from BPS-1 to 17.

Meanwhile, the IIU Department of Urdu has published second issue of its first academic and research journal. It includes research papers of renowned scholars. Another prominent feature is its archival annexure, which includes unpublished pieces of writings and manuscripts by reputed writers at local and international level.

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NUML, one of the most prestigious institutions in Pakistan
Islamabad: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) has clarified news items published in a section of press, says a press release issued here on Friday.

It is stated that NUML is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the country. A number of its graduates and students are working at various tiers of organisational hierarchy in both national and international organisations. Hence the interface of NUML with various national and international organisations and societies is based on the enabled and empowered community of enlightened graduates.

The news items published in various esteemed newspaper are based on a positive intent aiming at the accountability of the management, which works in support of the esteemed academic activity mentioned in the foregoing part.

A rapidly growing institution demanded a number of administrative actions, again with a positive intent, to accelerate the pace of academic expansion and consolidation. The audit for the year 2008-09 was mainly an attempt to critically examine the various managerial processes, which not only supported the physical expansion but also facilitated the academic growth and excellence.

Since the university management had nothing to hide therefore it volunteered all information to the audit authorities with a view to facilitating their inspection and to have their guidance on various procedures.

Consequently a number of observations were raised by the auditors, which were replied with appropriate documentary evidence. This followed a series of meetings between the audit and the University management to share view, get guidance and to make notes for future compliance.

Subsequently audit observation statements were brought down to 6 from a total of 17. The final observations were then conveyed to the Higher Education Commission for convening the DAC along with a number of other Universities. On the 7the of January 2010 the DAC was convened and all 6 paras were discussed and decisions were taken.

In the light of the foregoing facts, the university management is of the view that the 2 news items mentioned earlier though were done with a positive intent, but were not reflective of the reality. The university's management is resolute to make all necessary corrective measures to improve the efficiency of its administrative and financial dispensation.

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Medical colleges establishment
Islamabad: The federal government has planned to establish two medical colleges in Balochistan at an estimated cost of Rs 200 million. According to official sources, one medical college will be established in Khuzdar at a cost of Rs 100 million while another will be set up in Loralai at the cost of Rs 100 million.

They said an amount of Rs 400 million would be used for extension and development of the BMC Complex, Quetta, while the government had also made a plan for extension and development of the Cancer Hospital, Quetta, at an estimated cost of Rs 300 million.

They said the government would establish a 300-bed hospital with trauma centre in Keamari Town, Karachi, which would cost Rs 1,500 million.

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Action against banned outfit
Peshawar: The Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) here Friday alleged that the activists of a banned organisation tried to create sectarian hatred by staging a rally at the Postgraduate College Kohat, and urged the government to take stern action against the group.

ISO Divisional President Qalander Bangash said a particular group, which he avoided to mention, was bent upon destroying the peaceful academic environment at the college.

The ISO activists had clashed with the workers of Farooqia Students Organisation the other day. Some students had sustained injuries in the incident and the college building was also damaged. He claimed that their rival group chanted slogans against them, but they remained peaceful.

He urged the government to arrest those who tried to disturb the peaceful environment of the college. The news

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