'Drug use increasing in girls' colleges'
Lahore, June 22: The use of drugs in girls' colleges in the city is on the rise, a private TV channel quoted the Punjab Anti-Narcotics Force chief as saying on Saturday. According to the channel, Brig Sajjad Ahmed Bakshi revealed during a press conference that drug use was increasing in girls' colleges. He said a large number of women were taking drugs. He also said Taliban were using drug money from Afghanistan to fund their fighting in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Teacher confesses to sodomising students
Lahore: A teacher at a private academy in Baghbanpura has confessed to the Shalamar Police that he had sexually abused dozens of his students over the past two decades.
The accused, Abdul Rehman was arrested on the complaint of a student who was himself a victim of the sexual abuse. The student complained that Rehman sexually abused his students, and then blackmailed them through videotapes he made while raping them. He said Rehman had been sodomising him since the last three years.
The police on Friday raided the academy and recovered a videodisk of one of the abuse incidents. Shalamar Police officials said that Rehman had admitted the charges, and had even said he used to trap his victims on gunpoint and later exploited them by threatening to make the films public.
The academy has been in business since 1988, and offers computing and other short courses. The police said Rehman had been sodomising his students since the beginning, and had named Abid, Arslan, Qamar, Amjad, Siddique, Hamid and Shahzor as a few of his victims.
The police said they expected further breakthrough in the case. The student said he had abandoned studies after going through the abuse, and had become a loner. He said he decided to take his parents in confidence, and had an FIR registered.
Accomplices: Rehman told the police that he also had two accomplices, who used to trap the students in different ways. Shalamar Police SHO Majid Bashir said that the police were looking for Rehman's accomplices.
Unaware public: Punjab Institute of Mental Health Executive Director Prof Dr Nusrat Habib Rana said that the urge to sexually abuse underage children was a mental disease – paedophilia, but the public at large was unaware of the condition. She said denial was no solution to the problem.
She also urged the parents to always keep their children in confidence to the extent that they would not feel shy to discuss any such incident with them, while the government should give the culprit exemplary punishment. Daily Times
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PU holds 3 exams simultaneously
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) claimed on Saturday to have saved Rs 3 millions by conducting three exams simultaneously.
According to a press statement, MA Part I, B Com Part I and Part II were being held simultaneously for the first time in the history of the Punjab University. The move by the Examinations Department is aimed at saving both time and money.
A total of 156,000 candidates, (86,000 male and 70,000 female) are appearing in the three examinations being held in 721 examination centres across Punjab province.
PU Controller Examinations Prof Zahid Karim Khan told this to vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran during the latter's visit to the main examination centre in New Campus. He said the PU saved Rs 3 million by conducting three exams. A superintendent Mrs Tanveer told the VC that due to installation of an electricity generator there was no problem of load-shedding in the centre unlike previous years. The VC said another purpose-built examination centre would be constructed in the new campus until next year. The News
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