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Punjab Medical College (PMC) boys hostels sealed

Faisalabad, June 12, 2008: The police sealed the Punjab Medical College (PMC) boys hostels on Wednesday and disconnected water and power supply, forcing students to leave the premises, sources said.

Sources said a heavy contingent of police on the request of PMC administration besieged Iqbal and Seena hostels and asked all borders to vacate the premises till 3pm. After the deadline, sources said, the police locked the main gates and they did not allow any student to get their belongings.

Only foreign students have been allowed to stay, as they have no immediate means to relocate.

Sources said the deteriorated situation forced the administration to change the hostel warden, Dr Khalid, who allegedly refused to seek police assistance to get the hostels vacated. Dr Javeed Iqbal has been appointed the new warden.

Malik Yousaf, a Madina Town police officer, said the force had been deployed to avoid any eventuality. He said the police personnel would not enter the hostel premises. He said only foreign students had been permitted to stay. Dawn

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British visa centres closed
Islamabad: The British High Commission (BHC) has announced it is temporarily shutting down its visa application centres in Pakistan over security concerns. The commission spokesperson said on Wednesday that the BHC visa application centres in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Mirpur would remain temporarily closed until further notice.

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IIUI moot leaves a bad taste in mouth
Islamabad: A two-day international conference held this week at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) disappointed the university administration and students, as most of the speakers strayed from the topic 'Islam and Modernity'.

IIUI official Mehmood A Farooqi said that the conference was arranged for discussions on the topic for a better understating of Islam but speakers did not remain focussed.

Many of the speakers were found complaining about shortage of time, 20 minutes to each speaker to read the papers.

One of the students, who attended the conference, pointed out that the discussions followed by the addresses of different speakers had further confused her.

Most of the scholars preferred to comment on other's points of view. A very hot debate took place between Prof Shahid Alam and Prof Pervez Hoodbhoy when they commented on each other's presentations.

Unfortunately, they started criticising each other's personality, which left the audience surprised.

The IIUI administration was not satisfied with the proceedings of the conference, on which it had spent over Rs 800,000, said a senior official. Daily Times

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