AAUR student Murder case at university cafeteria

AAUR student 'murdered, not killed by muggers'
Rawalpindi, July 19: The episode of mobile snatching incident in which a student of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agricultural University, Rawalpindi, was killed on Friday night turned out to be a case of murder, when a number of students revealed that some students gunned the BSc (Honours) student minutes after a scuffle at the university cafeteria.

On Saturday morning, a group of university students, with the impression that Mohammad Shahzad shot dead when he offered resistance to the muggers snatching his mobile phone near Shamsabad Chowk staged a protest demonstration outside the university premises.

Muhammad Javed Iqbal, son of Abdul Hafiz, a resident of Iftikhar Colony, Ward-6, Nankana Road, Shah Kot, Nankana, lodged a complaint with the New Town Police Station saying that his younger brother Muhammad Shahzad was a student of BSc (Honours) at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agricultural University. He said that Rana Safdar, son of Rana Amir, a fellow student of Mohammad Shahzad, told him that he had dinner with Shahzad and Usman on Friday night and later Usman took Shahzad out of the cafeteria at about 10 p.m. "I was told that two bike-riding men gunned Shahzad down in the presence of Usman and fled away."

However, City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Rao Iqbal said, "It is a clear-cut murder case and not a mobile snatching incident that took the life of Mohammad Shahzad." He said that the investigators have collected the evidences and recorded the statements of eyewitnesses, describing it as murder. He said that the police have registered the case against the assailants on the complaint of victim's brother.

The CPO said that Usman and one of the other students were missing and the police were trying to trace them out, adding that Usman was the prime accused who disappeared soon after the occurrence.

Responding to a question, Rao Iqbal said that dozens of former students of Quaid-i-Azam University and Arid Agriculture University, who were rusticated from their institutions for their involvements in illegal activities, gathered in front of the university on Saturday and created law and order situation.

He said that the police resorted to baton-charge and hurled teargas shells to disperse the protesters, but the angry protestors suspended the traffic by burning tyres. The police, later, arrested 20 agitators and booked them under sections 427/186/353/149/148/341 and 337-H2.

Meanwhile, heavy contingents of police have cordoned off the university premises after searching the hostels while different police parties have been sent to hunt down the prime accused, Usman and his friend. The News

AAUR reopens tomorrow
Rawalpindi: Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) will reopen on Monday after remaining closed following murder of a student in a mobile snatching attempt on Friday, said the university spokesperson. The murder ignited a protest by students, prompting the university administration to cancel examinations. He said the situation had come to normalcy and examinations would be resumed on Monday. He appealed to the students to stay calm. Daily Times

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Fashion & Textile students display exquisite artwork
Islamabad: Dazzling outfits and house decor accessories presenting a unique amalgamation of traditional craft and trendy cuts attracted a large number of visitors to a fashion and textile exhibition held here on Saturday.

Iqra University's Department of Art & Design conducted a two-day exhibition that displayed modern as well as trendy handmade decorative items in exotic colour combinations along with amazing embellishments, prepared by more than 100 students of Textile and Fashion, individually and in groups.

Mariam Zafar, a student of Textile Designing who had on display her superb screen painting work, said that the exhibition is one of the best opportunities to project the students' artwork.

Mariam said people generally are not aware of the sophistication offered in shape of exquisite hand work in this era of machines but such exhibitions help create awareness among the masses to appreciate hand work.

Mariam Mehdi, a student of the University's Fashion Department, while referring to the trendy dresses put on show, said the students take inspiration from different themes in order to come up with formal, semi formal and cocktail dresses. "Each and every step including pattern making, sewing and illustrations are conducted by the students themselves," she said.

Faculty member of the Fashion and Textile Department Muneeza Ahmed apprised that conducting such exhibitions is a regular feature of their department to appreciate and encourage the students. "Every year, we arrange this exhibition where students in groups or individually work on some exclusive project, which is displayed for sale at the exhibition," she said.

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HEC rectifies website errors
Islamabad: After the publication of a story of misleading HEC website,' the commission has moved to rectify most of the errors in stages, but something still remained to be addressed.

On the page for HEC-recognised social sciences journals, one line says that W, X, Y categories are acceptable till June 30, 2010, for BPS. The very next line adds Z also. Why two lines were used to convey a rule, which could be given in just one line exclusively reserved for appointments? The different statements may cause confusion for the would-be applicants.

Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Science and Pakistan Journal of Science which were shown as in X and Y respectively under the title of Z category have been placed in the X and Y categories respectively. When asked Hakim Ali Talpur Assistant Director Quality Assurance, whose name appears on the page for further details said that a meeting held some time back had given the two journals Y status and a further meeting upgraded proceedings of PAC to X as by then it was meeting our required criteria.

Another interesting aspect is that all other journals seeking upgradation are still under-consideration according to the website. Talpur said that there are deficiencies so their cases are pending.

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IIU admissions
Islamabad: The last date for submission of applications to all faculties of the International Islamic University, (IIU) is Monday (July 20) said Director Academics IIU, Shagufta Haroon in a statement issued here Saturday. The News

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FJWU VC for people-friendly policies
Rawalpindi: Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan on Saturday called for a necessity to devise sustainable and people-friendly policies.

According to a press release, she was addressing closing session of a three-day international conference titled 'Governance and Public Policy: Issues and Challenges'. She said the conference would help researchers formulate people-friendly policies and outline resource management. She termed the event a fruitful initiative that had directly addressed issues of the community.

The FJWU organised the conference on the university premises. A good number of people from Pakistan and Bangladesh atten-ded the moot that discussed how a society could deal with challenges related to policy making. Daily Times

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