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PMC Ahmedi students' reinstatement, IJT protests

IJT protests PMC Ahmedi students' reinstatement
Faisalabad, July 10, 2008: Scores of students of the Government College University and Punjab Medical College on Wednesday staged a protest rally and a sit-in in front of the district nazim office against the reinstatement of Ahmedi students and not registering case against them.

Two separate rallies led by Islami Jamiat Tulaba office-bearers started from the GCU and the PMC, respectively and terminated at the Zila Council Chowk. The students who were carrying banners and placards staged an hour-long sit-in in front of district nazim office. They chanted slogans against PMC administration and police for what they called dealing Ahmedi students leniently. They threw traffic out of gear while surrounded by a heavy police contingent.

In their speeches, student leaders said they would not tolerate the reinstatement of Ahmedi students who had been preaching their faith in the academia.

A five-member delegation of students also held talks with the city police officer Mohammad Aslam Tareen and demanded that administration should ask Ahmedi students, who had been migrated to other colleges, to stay away from the PMC premises.

The DIG assured the students that matter was being investigated fairly under his supervision. Dawn

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Students say LCWU returned wrong cell phones
Lahore: Several Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) students have claimed that the LCWU administration has returned the wrong cell phones to them.

Nadia Ahmed, a student, said, "The administration had snatched my Sony Ericsson cell phone, but now they are returning me a Nokia." Faria Sikandar, another student, said, "The administration has returned my cell phone but replaced its accessories."

Saman Nawaz, a student, said, "The administration has no record of the confiscated cell phones. During the drive against cell phone, teachers beat several students who were found with cell phones."

Erum, another student, denounced the LCWU administration for charging Rs 1,000 upon returning the cell phones.

LCWU Proctor Dr Suraiya said that the administration was returning correct mobiles, as they maintained careful records. She said the administration had returned 100 cell phones so far. She said they had not imposed a Rs 1,000 fine on the poor students.

In February, the LCWU administration started a campaign against students with mobile phones and confiscated any that were being carried by students. The administration also barred students from using mobile phones on campus.

After imposing the ban, the LCWU administration had deployed security personnel on the main gate, along with some teachers, to frisk students for cell phones.

LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen had said on February 1 that it was a good step and insisted that parents and students should co-operate with the LCWU administration in this regard. She had said, "Mostly intermediate students are the victims of mobile mania."

The LCWU students, while denouncing the administration, had said on February 1 that the ban on the use of mobile phones on campus was unfair. They had said, "It is discrimination because we do not know of a single institution for male students that has banned them from using their mobile phones." They had demanded on-campus mobile booths and public call offices. An LCWU official said the administration had snatched 450 cell phones from students in February. Daily Times

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