Rawalpindi Medical College principal | IJT violence

RMC faculty heads support appointment of principal
Rawalpindi, March 24: The academic council of the Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) has endorsed the appointment of the institution's senior most professor as principal.

The council in a meeting held on Monday expressed its satisfaction at the appointment Dr Mohammad Afzal Farooqi, a urologist, as the RMC principal to replace Dr Mussadiq Khan.

The Punjab government recently removed Dr Khan from the office after a controversy that his son allegedly used a bogus house job completion certificate. He was the head of RMC since 2003.

After the removal of Dr Khan, the RMC students brought out protest rallies on Benazir Bhutto Road, asking the government to reinstate him.

The protesting students had termed the removal of Dr Mussadiq Khan a conspiracy and a political move.

A resolution passed by the RMC academic council approving the appointment would help the government in countering the protests and bring an end to the criticism of the appointment.

'Fake' house job certificate
The examination department of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), Karachi, has written a letter to the Holy Family Hospital's medical superintendent, asking him to verify the authenticity of the house job certificate submitted by Dr Mohammad Bilal Khan to the college.

In the letter, the CPSP's controller office wrote that Dr Bilal Khan had submitted the certificate showing he had completed his house job from HFH to appear in the FCPS-I examination and for other concessions.

The letter further said the college had learnt that the certificate was not genuine and asked the medical superintendent to verify the document.

HFH medical superintendent, Dr Fayyaz, could not be reached for his comments despite repeated attempts.

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QAU students protest IJT's violence
Islamabad: Students of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Monday staged a rally to protest the murder of a student in Peshawar.

Adnan Abdul Qadir, a student of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar, was killed by Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) for listening to music in his hostel room.

The protesting students were carrying banners inscribed with slogans against the IJT and demanded the government to arrest the murderers for imposing their version of religion in educational institutions.

The protest rally was led by Pakhtunkhwa Students Federation (PSF) and National Students Federation (NSF).

Addressing on the occasion, PSF district secretary Mazhar Ali Khan told the students that Taliban had planted their supporters in educational institutions who he said were resorting to violence and extremism.

"The deceased Adnan was a poor student and his educational expenses were being financed by others," Mr Mazhar said. Dawn

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Boards to check each other's exam papers
Rawalpindi: On the directions of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, all eight boards of the province will check the examinations papers of each other. According to sources, the Punjab CM has taken the decision after receiving several complaints regarding the process of paper checking in the examinations. Sources said the educational boards have inked agreements regarding paper checking and the process would be kept secret till the announcement of results. The process would be adopted for the examinations of SSC and FA to be held this year.

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NUML PRO laid to rest
Rawalpindi: Lieutenant Colonel (r) Ghaziuddin, a former ISPR officer, was laid to rest in the graveyard of Chaklala Scheme III here on Monday, says a press release. A large number of serving and retired army officers, journalists, friends and relatives attended the burial ceremony. NUML Rector Professor Dr. Aziz Ahmad Khan and Director General Dr. Kamran Jahangir were also present on the occasion. Lieutenant Colonel (t) Ghaziuddin, who was serving as public relations officer at the NUML, started his career as a journalist in a Karachi-based English daily. He did his MA in Journalism from Karachi University. He leaves behind his wife and a daughter. The news

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Students vow to work for country's progress
Islamabad: As many as 100 students from Karakorum University (KU), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan vowed on Tuesday to work for the betterment of the country and nation in line with their dreams.

Speaking at a symposium held in connection with Pakistan Day at the Pakistan Youth Hostel Association (PYHA), they vowed to shed their mutual differences.

They said that it was wrong to damage public and private property during protests, adding such acts added to the sufferings of common man.

Salma Abbas, a fourth year student from KU GB, on the occasion urged her colleagues to not only confine themselves to mere promises, but also focus on their implementation in order to make the country prosperous.

The audience praised the courage and patriotism of the young girl and said that it was heartening that a girl from a far-flung area had the courage to speak in front of a gathering.

Others who spoke at the function included Khalid Arshad, Mohsin Ali, Gulzar Khan, Tahir Khakwani and others. They demanded that discrimination against students belonging to the rural and disadvantaged areas must cease, as the country's constitution guaranteed them full rights.

They called for bridging the gap between rich and poor and giving rights to poor at par with the rich and wealthy.

PYHA's Honorary Secretary Agha Afzal Hussain explained the genesis of Pakistan movement to the students.

Earlier the national flag was hoisted atop the PYHA's building. National anthem was sung simultaneously. Prayers were also offered for the country's progress and prosperity. Daily times

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8 school children stabbed to death
Beijing: Eight young children were stabbed to death and 5 injured on Tuesday in a bloody rampage allegedly carried out by a former medical worker outside an elementary school in eastern China. The attacker struck in the early hours of morning, as students arrived for their classes, when he "first mingled with parents at the school gates, before suddenly pulling out his knife and slashing children," according to witnesses interviewed on the local television. Doctors rushed to treat the children, as bodies lay covered in bloody sheets at Nanping City Experimental Elementary School in Fujian province. Police officials cordoned the school, while some comforted the distraught parents. ap

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