PMC Ahmedi students inconclusive rustication probe
Faisalabad, June 23, 2008: A high-level committee of the Punjab Medical College
(PMC) constituted on the directives of the Punjab government is finding it
difficult to probe into the expulsion of Ahmedi students after majority of
Muslim students have refused to join the inquiry proceedings.
Only five Muslim students – Nasim Akhtar, Umm-i-Habiba, Shahid
Chaudhry, Ahtsham and Umer Farooq – appeared before the committee consisting of
Dr Farooq Mian, Dr Zahid Yasin, Dr Yousaf, Dr Zahid Iqbal and Dr Mohammad Ali.
The committee was constituted following a visit of the health secretary on June
Requesting anonymity, some committee members said that committee
had been asked to probe into the matter so that innocent students could be
restored and guilty punished. They were also 'told' to report that they had not
found any evidence that Ahmedis had been preaching their belief.
said the committee was also tasked to suggest punishment to only those students
who had pasted posters and who removed them on charges of provocation and
creating law and order situation on the campus.
They said following
strict instructions, committee members had tried their level best to engage
students to join the inquiry proceedings, but majority of them refused
expressing their distrust on the probe committee.
They said students were
of the view that the PMC academic council, which was supreme body of the
college, after a through probe had unanimously approved the rustication of
They contended that the disciplinary committee had also
registered statements of scores of students regarding the incident and came to
the conclusion that Ahmedi students should be rusticated.
members said they tried their level best to conclude the inquiry, but to no
avail. They said the committee also called the Ahmedi students to help the
inquiry committee ascertain facts.
Attaullah Qasmi, a
student who had lodged complaint against the Ahmedi students which led to their
rustication, said how a committee of five professors could be superior to the
academic council which has the representation of all heads of departments of the
He said the students would never join any committee. "We want to
go with the decision of the academic council," he said.
He said the
committee had been trying to get their desired result by exerting pressure on
students. The administration first disconnected water and power supply to boys
hostels in order to budge them from their principled position, he
Sources said students' stiff stance towards the inquiry
proceedings forced the administration to approach their parents, and they were
literally threatened with dire consequences if their children continued sticking
to their stance.
Qasmi said students protested over the treatment meted
out to them and their parents and made it clear that hurling threats would not
make them change their stance.
Inquiry committee head Dr Farooq Mian said that the committee was yet to dispatch its report to the provincial
government. However, he declined to reveal any sort of inquiry proceeding. Dawn
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