Police Training School attack widely flayed

Its an attack on sovereignty of Pakistan
Lahore, Mar 31: Major political parties have condemned the terrorist attack on Police Training School at Manawan terming it an attack on sovereignty of Pakistan.

Expressing sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives and injuries to scores of policemen in the terrorist attack in Lahore, the leadership of major political parties stressed upon the need of providing training to personnel of law enforcement agencies on modern lines to enable them to counter terrorism.

PML-N president and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has condemned the terrorist attack on Manawan Police Training School saying that the incident is regrettable and serious. Terming the attack a glaring example of security lapse, he said that this was second such incident in the City since the imposition of Governor's Rule in Punjab. He said that massive reshuffle in police negatively affected the performance of force by lowering their morale. He said that the newly appointed police officials were not capable to give their hundred per cent. He said the police officials were deployed to put pressure on MPAs and political workers to change their loyalties in the favour of government party.

Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed and newly elected JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hassan have condemned the terrorist attack on Manawan Police Training School.

In a joint statement issued here on Monday, the JI leaders termed the terrorist attack as an attack on sovereignty of Pakistan. They stated that there was clear possibility of involvement of Indian Agency Raw in the terrorist attack. They said that those involved in attack on Sri Lankan team could be behind the terrorist attack on the Police Training School.

Condemning the terrorist attack on the police training school, chairman PTI Imran Khan said that foreign elements were making efforts to destablise Pakistan. He urged the government to immediately end its support to the US in war on terror and resolve issues with the tribesmen through dialogue. He held the administration responsible for improper security arrangements.He demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits. He also urged the party workers to help and donate blood to the injured policemen.

Chairman Pakistan Awami League and former federal minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed condemned the terrorist attack saying that it was a matter of great concern for the present regime. He said the terrorist attack in broad daylight shows that the law enforcement agencies are not equipped to counter terrorist attacks. He stressed upon the need of providing training to the police employees on modern lines.

Naib Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Liaqat Baloch said that terrorist attack in Lahore was the consequence of continuing Musharraf's polices. He said that durable peace in the country was not possible without ending support to the US in the so-called war on terror. He demanded resignation of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior and Governor Punjab, immediate end to the military operation in tribal areas and recovery of missing persons.

Chairman Tehreek Minhaj-ul-Quran Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri urged the government to take effective measures to combat terrorism. He said that handful terrorists had created unrest in the country. He said that the terrorists had no religion and stringent action should be taken against them. He said the attack on the Police Training School was a direct attack on the writ of the govt. He said that involvement of foreign hand in the terrorist attack could not be ruled out, as enemies were hatching conspiracies against the country.

Chairman Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Senator Maulana Samiul Haq said the terrorist attack was a conspiracy of intelligence agencies of enemy states. He said that the enemies were working on the plan to attack Pakistan. He held Pervaiz Musharraf responsible for deaths in the country saying that hasty decision of supporting the US in so called war on terror had damaged interests of Pakistan. He demanded the government to resign on the failure of maintaining law and order in the country. Chairman Markazi Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan MNA Haji Fazal Karim said that the US, Israel and India were involved in the terrorist attack in Lahore. He said that the situation demands the government to cease support to the US war on terror.

Acting Ameer of banned Jama’at-ud-Dawa Hafiz Abdul Salam has said that anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan elements were hatching conspiracies to destablise Pakistan. Condemning the terrorist attack, he urged the government to take serious notice of increasing wave of terror and take effective measures to provide exemplary punishment to anti-state elements.

President Pakistan Democratic Party Nawabzada Mansoor Ahmed Khan and Quaid Khaksar Tehreek Hameed-ud-Din Mashraqui termed the terror attack as conspiracy against the country.

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GCU Lahore has become victim of the university administration's authoritarian governance
Lahore: Another senior professor of Government Collge University (GCU) Lahore has become victim of the university administration's authoritarian governance after the en bloc resignation of Dr Majid Naeem, head of the Computer Science department and his staff in protest against the admin stubborn attitude. This time, Prof Dr Shujaul Haq, a renowned academician and director of MPhil and PhD research projects in history department came under admin's axe.

Dr Shujaul Haq was hired on contract basis for a period of two years initially under the Higher Education Commission's Foreign Faculty Hiring programme to conduct the MPhil and PhD programmes at the varsity. He came to Pakistan two years ago leaving his family behind in London. As head of the family he supports his children from Lahore. However, after two years, he was asked to leave the university by the vice chancellor following allegations to the effect that elements behind the recent protest by struck off students for lack of attendance visited his office off and on. Dr Shuja clarified his position and rejected the allegation but it fell to the deaf ears of the administration that ordered him to get clearance and leave the university.

Dr Shuja came back home on the requisition of GCU through HEC programme after 20 years abroad, where he was Professor at London University before proceeding abroad, he served GCU, Lahore for 13 years and was known to the administration for his conduct and academic pursuits. On his return from London, he updated and designed new courses for MPhil studies on the varsity instructions and he taught it for one year in the first semester. Now, Dr Shujaul Haq had delivered only two lecturers in the running 2nd semester when he was asked to quit even though the administration knew the fact that no other person could undertake this programme. The varsity has no other option except to drop this new course and let the work done in Ist semester go waste as well as the implying funds. The PhD programme too will be adversely affected by his departure as the department is already short of PhD staff.

It is reported that he made repeated representations to the VC GCU requesting that he should be allowed to complete the course and he would find another place in September. But VC refused to respond to any of his representation.

MPhil students of the history department staged a protest demonstration against the action and demanded reversal of the decision to relieve Dr Shujaul Haq. They also condemned indecent behaviour with the senior academicians, which ultimately hit the career of the students.

PU to solve all promotion cases
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has issued instructions to solve all the promotion cases of the varsity. He also directed to prepare first seniority list, under which officials would be promoted as Admin Officers, by today (Tuesday). He was chairing a meeting of Administrative Officers here at New Campus on Monday. It was decided in the meeting, after issuing seniority lists for promotion of officials as Admin Officers, promotion lists of all remaining cadres would be prepared in few days. It was also decided that the lists of promotion cases of deputy librarians would also be issued in this month.

Entry ban on private vehicles in PU protested
Lahore: Islami Jamait Talaba (IJT) activists staged a protest demonstration at New Campus of Punjab University Punjab against the varsity management that imposed ban on the entry of private vehicles including motorcycles in the university premises.

They blocked the canal road and chanted slogans against the management and demanded open entry in the university premises. The charged students who were carrying placards and banners claimed that imposing ban on the vehicles was totally unjust. They said that parents and relatives of the students who visit the university from far-flung areas have no stickers to enter the university premises so this system would cause inconvenience to them.

They said the vice chancellor wanted to victimise the students of Islami Jamit Talaba so that they could not continue their study smoothly. In the meanwhile IJT Nazim Qaisar Sharief said that IJT would continue its healthy activities and in the next month a grand cricket festival would be held in the varsity. The winning team will be given cash prize of Rs 100,000 and the runners-up will be given Rs 50,000. Tradition of 'Book Fair' will continue and a committee has been formed under the supervision of Hafiz Hamdullah.

When contacted, spokesman of the PU said that the decision was taken keeping in view the law and order situation in the country. He said that regular visits of outsiders was revealed by the vigilance staff following which this step was taken and the sole purpose of was to protect the students and public property.

He said that management was also preparing a strategy for the entry process of the outsiders which would be announced soon. The Nation

PU results declared
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of MA Persian, Part-II, Annual Examination 2008, MSc Psychology, Part-I, Annual Examination 2008 and MSc Psychology, Part-II, Annual Examination 2008.

PU and Aitcheson College win the Urdu and English debates
Lahore: The Debating Society of GC University Lahore hosted 14th Annual GCU Parliamentary Debates Contest - 2009 at the Bokhari Auditorium of GCU. 48 debating teams from all over Pakistan competed in the event. Punjab University Lahore and Aitcheson College Lahore won the Urdu and English debates respectively. Imran Khan from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the contest. Ayesha Ahmed from the Lahore University of Management Sciences got the award for the Best English Speaker of the contest.

Mr. Mansoor Ahmed, a retired diplomat and a distinguished Old Ravian, was the guest of honour at the final round. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Mansoor Ahmed recalled the prime time of his youth which he had spent at Government College Lahore. He expressed joy and satisfaction that the traditions of excellence in academics and oratory have been carefully preserved. He appreciated the argumentative skills of the orators and wished them good luck for their future.

The Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore, Dr. Khalid Aftab said that the GCU has a tradition of liberal education and we are putting our concerted efforts to provide the students with the best educational facilities. He said that the motto of GCU is "Courage to Know" which is the best motto of enlightenment. He said that it was tradition at GCU that the students learned as much from the cultural milieu of their alma mater as they did from formal learning environment inside the classroom. He thanked the guest of honour, the participants and the adjudicators for making the event memorable. He congratulated the winners and the hosts. Prof. Dr. Saadat Saeed, Chairperson Department of Urdu, Prof. Asif Saeed Chairperson Department of Economics and Ms. Fouzia Shaheen Director Academic Links were present among the audience. F.P. Report

5-day training workshop of UVAS begins
Lahore: A five-day training working on "Disease Outbreak Handling Investigation and Reporting" began at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) here on Monday. The Institute of Continuing Education and Extension (ICE&E) of the UVAS in collaboration with the Strengthening of Livestock Services Project (SLSP) arranged the training course for the capacity building of veterinary officers in disease outbreak handling, investigation reporting. The veterinary officers (VOs) from Lahore, Sheikhupura, Okara, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Jhang, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Sargodha, Bhakkar, Mialwali, Bahawalpur, Khanewal, Multan Muzaffaragarh, Layyah, DG Khan, Chakwal and Gujrat are participating in the training course. The training workshop will continue till April 3.

Bird show at UVAS
Lahore: The Pet Centre of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in collaboration with Budgerigar Society of Pakistan organized a bird show at its City Campus on last Sunday. This was the first distance judging based' show in which Mr Nigel Anthony from Australia performed as judge via video conferencing. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr.Muhammad Nawaz inaugurated the show which continued the whole day. A large number of bird fanciers participated in the show and a variety of birds were exhibited on the occasion. App

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