57 Pak students deported in 7 years
Islamabad, July 30: As many as 57 Pakistani students have been deported from foreign countries, allegedly involved in suspected terrorism and other illegal activities, during the last seven years.
Among the 57 deported Pakistani students, 27 were deported from China, 17 from Cuba, one from Switzerland, one from Serbia, one from Netherlands and 10 from the United Kingdom.
During a Senate question hour, Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed that the charges on these Pakistani students include breaking the university and local laws, not paying the tuition fee, poor discipline, assault on police officers, suspected involvement in terrorist plots and being threats to the UK national security.
Pakistani missions, in a written reply he said, provided all possible assistance to those students, during their study program, before and after their expulsion.
The missions provided lawyers' access to the students in the countries where the local laws allowed. However, no access to the lawyers was provided to the students studying under scholarship program-mes, which were fully funded by the host governments. Those students were deported on disciplinary grounds, the Minister informed.
He further added that the government has taken every possible measure to request the host governments to revise their decisions regarding the expulsion of these students. To another question, the Minister informed the upper house that as many as 19 Pakistanis are being currently detained at the US detention facility in Bagram.
A team of the Pakistani embassy, in Afghanistan, has visited Bagram and met with the concerned authorities for the release of Pakistan detainees, said the Minister.
A formal request has also been made to the US embassy in Kabul for the release of these detainees.
The joint task force 435, which is dealing with the Bagram detainees, have recommended to the concerned authorities to hand over the detainees to the Pakistani authorities, he informed.
"Our embassy is continuing to pursue the matter with the US embassy, in Kabul, for these Pakistani detainees, in the US detention centre in Bagram," he added. The nation
Youth parliamentarians pay homage to crash victims
Islamabad: Youth Prime Minister Hassan Javed Khan, who lost his life in the tragic incident of Airblue plane crash in Margallah Hills on Wednesday, had so many plans to make the last four-day session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan (YPP) 2009-10 a memorable event. Unfortunately, the last session became memorable but because of the death of Javed and his six other colleagues.
With their eyes filled with tears and grief writ large on their faces, Members Youth Parliament (MYPs) dedicated last session of YPP 2009-10 to their friends, who lost their lives in the plane crash. The session started with one-minute silence in the memory of those, who lost their lives and a joint prayer for the families and souls of the departed.
The session was also joined by the family members of Hassan Javed Khan who are currently in the city and are passing through the painful procedure of collecting the dead body of their beloved son. As the body is unrecognisable, the couple has given blood test and is waiting for the result. "It is a very hard time. May Allah give us strength to bear this grief," said Javed's mother, who broke into tears many times while listening to the good words said by her son's colleagues during the session. She said that Hassan was about to leave for higher studies in UK.
Youth Parliament members said that bodies of three MYPs have been recognised and handed over to the families that include Youth Minister for Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Prem Chand, Youth Information Minister Syeda Rubab Zehra Naqvi and Youth Shadow Minister for Information Bilal Jamaee. "The families of other three are waiting for the results of DNA test," said MYP Hanan Abbasi.
Relatives of late Youth Shadow Minister for Information Bilal Jamaee also attended the reference organised in the memory of departed MYPs at the start of the second day. The MYPs mounted poster sized pictures of their lost colleagues on the wall and lit candles. They also organised Qura'an Khwani in the evening.
The house started its proceedings with a Calling Attention Notice by Hassan Taseem Ahmed that invited the attention of the speaker towards tragic incident. The Calling Attention Notice was followed a resolution presented by MYPs Ayesha Bilal Bhatti and Ehsan Naveed Irfan. At the end they played a clipping prepared by MYPs as a tribute for their colleagues.
The resolution mentioned, "the house mourns death of the six youth parliamentarians, who were assets of this country. The house extends its deepest condolence to their families and friends and demand that the inquiry regarding the plane crash should be held in an efficient and speedy manner so that such disastrous incidents can be avoided in the future."
The aggrieved members looked visibly shocked and in the state of disbelief as most of them found it hard to control their tears while expressing love for their colleagues. Every member was given a chance to speak and share memories regarding their lost colleagues. "It is painful not to see Bilal's face around. He was so particular about attending the session regularly and never missed even a single one proceeding but this time was destined not to attend the last session," said Isbaur Rehman.
Imtiaz Ali Khoro from Sindh was the only MYP from Sindh who missed the unfortunate flight, as he had to come two days before the schedule. "We used to discuss politics and resolutions through out our way to Islamabad. We were like a team," he added.
The MYPs vowed to take forward the mission of those who lost their lives. "Our biggest tribute to our deceased members could be to carry out their mission and vision for which our six members were travelling and lost their lives," they said.
They protested against the marking of the coffin of one of their colleague Prem Chand as 'Kafir.' "It was shocking. He could have been marked as Hindu or non-Muslim, but using the word 'Kafir' is the worst example of intolerance," said MYP Muneeb Afzal.
Ehsan Naveed Irfan, who stayed in the hospital till early morning to help hospital staff in identifying the body, praised the hard work of all those involved in the operation but called for more coordinated efforts and improved equipment. "No doubt we have dedicated people but we need more of them with improved capacity so that they can handle the situation in best way," he pointed out.
The MYP remembered Rubab for her hard work and determination, praised the maturity of Syed Arsalan Ahmad and paid tributes to the spoken skills and extraordinary sense of humour of Bilal Jamaee. "We wish that our leadership becomes like these six bright stars," said one MYP.
Another feather in PMDC's cap
Islamabad: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has got a pat on its back from the US government for ensuring quality medical and dental education in the country.
During a meeting with US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson in her office on Thursday, PMDC Registrar Dr Ahmad Nadeem Akbar received an American government's letter, which declared the standard of Pakistan's medical and dental education at par with that of the US'.
Equally appreciative was Patterson of the Pakistani medical and dental community's high professional standards.
Talking after the meeting, Dr Akbar thanked the US ambassador for her and her government's appreciation of the PMDC's work. "Such third party analysis and views help us achieve excellence. We are ensuring provision of quality medical and dental education to local and foreign students in the country by all means and acknowledgement of our good work locally and internationally boosts our confidence. We are thankful to the American government for the appreciation," he said.
According to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council registrar, the US analysis and comparability is used by various US educational agencies and countries of the world as a determinant for gauging the quality of education standards in a given country and is instrumental in grant of education opportunities to the students of that country and job opportunities to graduates in the US and across the globe.
Students show their talent at FJWU
Rawalpindi: An art exhibition was held at the Fatima Jinnah Women University on Thursday where the work of Fine Arts students was displayed.
The show assembled the thesis work of the masters students as part of their degree requirements and featured art objects in the field of oil painting, calligraphy, textile, graphic designing, printmaking and photography. The students' work was displayed throughout the buildings of Fine Arts, BCA and Communication Sciences Block. A large number of the faculty and students appreciated their display work.
FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, who was the chief guest inaugurated the exhibition.
While applauding the efforts of the students, she said that it was a visual and artistic delight that reflects creativity and imagination of the students. "It is the renewal of the traditional art and how it is being revived in the new millennium. Keep searching for the stars and for artists only sky is the limit", she said. The show included of the exceptional display of the 38 students using different mediums and in different areas of Fine Arts. The students were enthusiastic about the work and their parents were pleased at the outcome. The discipline of oil painting featured striking and eye catching depictions of 'textures and cracks in 'earth', 'doors' and 'hand postures' as a visual language. The students explored different themes in printmaking like imaginative aspirations and dreams, beautifully and with unique angles, etc. In the discipline of calligraphy the students of FJWU worked on dynamic pieces of art influenced by Islamic Art in Calligraphy such as a combination of the Islamic Art 'Kufic' and 'Naskh' calligraphy portraying the verses of the Holy Qura'an. Teaching of 'Nafs' in Islam and composing Qura'anic verses and 'Hadith' related to it in 'Kufic' and 'Naskh'. Creating calligraphy in 3-D forms of Faith in Allah.
The exhibition was a blend of unique art objects truly portraying the creativity of the students. The unique work done in the discipline of ceramics surrounded the viewer with powerful depictions of iconic figures in a pleasantly surprising contour of mud.
In Graphic Designing the artefacts of Ayesha Wali Khan, Gul-e-Rana, Hira Kaleem, Maimoona Shaheen, Noor Fatima, Saba Khateeb, Sehrish Fatima, Hifza Abid, Nayab Khalid, Rida Bakhtiar, Nadia Jehangir, Zainub Akram Barlas, Noor-ul-Ain and Salma Iftikhar were on the display.
In textile the works of Ammara Zafar, Ammara Zamir, Rabia Sagheer, Sobia Mobeen, Summiyah Latif Awan, Mubeen Ajmal Khan, Nabeela Naz, Sandeela Chaudhry, Anam Khushi and Mahjabeen were displayed. The news
Varsities urged to focus on genuine research
Mansehra: Creative and genuine research is the hallmark of the universities and the basic duty of a varsity teacher is to explore and generate new ideas and innovative techniques for their recognition in the modern scientific world.
This was stated by Prof Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah, Vice-Chancellor of the Hazara University, while speaking at the concluding session of three-day symposium organised with collaboration of Higher Education Commission on Thursday.
In the recent past, research in life sciences has recorded great breakthroughs by opening news possibilities to focus on both classical and applied research. The phenomenal discoveries in genetic engineering and cloning for boosting and enhancing the agriculture production, improving the seed and breeds with the application of advanced DNA technology have been solving the challenging problems of basic food needs to the population around the world, Mr Sakhawat informed.
He said expanding horizons due to research oriented competitive base required active collaboration and cooperation among the researchers throughout the world.
The vice-chancellor said that the research culture would have to be given top priority to feed our rapidly increasing population. It is astonishing to note that the research development allocation in the industrialised countries was much higher as compared to the Third World countries, where even the clean drinking water was not available to teeming millions who live n slums, he added.
"We hope that this symposium must strive to develop the basic research facilities and the object of the research scientists must be to explore facts and truths with the maximum degree of precision and accuracy while dealing with the statistical data in this regard", he said.
The symposium will be useful if it comes up with a clear roadmap for overcoming the problems encountered by the students and teachers. In this regard, the basic concept of research, the research approaches for writing these and to public papers in the internationally recognised journals should be given special focus, maintained Mr Sakhawat.
Researchers and representatives of more than 58 research institutes and universities shared their valuable experience, knowledge and views during the symposium. Dawn
Students showcase projects
Islamabad: Institute of Space Technology (IST) on Thursday showcased the projects of the students of Aerospace Engineering and Communication system.
Almost 27 Projects jointly developed by 52 students of IST included wind tunnel project, design and fabrication of cockpit stimulator of ATR-42-500 (aircraft), flight dynamics models of aircraft flight stimulator, design and control of CNC router machine.
The projects of communication included design and development of low power cost satellite imaging payload using COTS with fault tolerance. App
IIUI school launch
Launching of the International Islamic University public schools and media briefing by the IIUI President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui will be held at the Faisal Mosque Auditorium at 4pm.
A lecture on "Rule of law problems in Pakistan: the case of daughter's traditional share in patrimony in the Punjab", to be delivered by Dr Azam Chaudhry, Associate Professor, National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS), Quaid-i-Azam University at the Trust for Voluntary Organisations (TVO), 28 Embassy Road, G-6/4 at 5pm. Dawn