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IJT activists not allowed to meet Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan
Islamabad, May 29, 2008: Students protested Wednesday after police stopped them meeting atomic scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan on the 10th anniversary of the country's first nuclear tests, witnesses said.

The group of around 50 students from the hardline Jamaat-i-Islami party chanted slogans against President Pervez Musharraf after they were prevented from handing gifts to Khan at his Islamabad home, an AFP reporter witnessed. "We condemn the local administration's decision to prevent the meeting," Jamaat-i-Islami student wing chief Hafiz Nadeem told reporters outside Khan's house in an exclusive area of the capital.

Students shouted slogans of "Al-jihad (holy war), our struggle will continue till Khan is freed and Musharraf is ousted from power," as more than 200 riot police equipped with shields and batons stood guard.

Nadeem said students would find another way to meet the "revered scientist, who made Pakistan's defence impregnable." The News

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Transfers rife in schools after polls
Rawalpindi: About 500 teachers have been transferred after general election on February 18, exposing large-scale political intervention into educational institutions, Saghir Alam, the Punjab Teachers' Association president, said on Thursday.

He said politicians were busy transferring teachers in their constituencies instead of doing constructive work. In many cases, he claimed, transfers were ordered without applications from teachers.

Alam said most teachers had been transferred to Chontra, Murree, Kalar Syedan, Sadar Baroni and Kotli Sattian leaving many vacancies at schools in rural areas. He claimed classes were not being held at some schools because of shortage of teachers.

Education Department officials said people used to get admissions in schools and stop inquiries against corrupt officers showing off visiting cards and letters of MNAs and MPAs. The same method was adopted by teachers to get themselves transferred to locations of their choice, they said.

They said most transfers were ordered in educational institutions following the general elections. Similarly, many officers, who were suspended or transferred in the past, had been restored to their earlier positions curtsy new parliamentarians and influential people.

Executive District Officer (Education) Chaudhary Muhammad Yousaf said government officials were not in a position to say 'no' to anyone with a visiting card or a letter from a parliamentarian.

He said people threatened and abused the staff if they refused to entertain them.

He said influential people wanted that their job be done on priority basis.

He said some staff members, belong to different political parties, put pressure on their officers for promotions and transfers.

Illyas Subhani, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) additional information secretary, said mega changes in government offices took place with the change of government. He said, "This culture should be changed."

He said interference into government institutions was made from the top. He said if head of a department were appointed on political grounds, the whole department would be politicised. He said the government should make policies to rid institutions, especially educational, of political interference.

The Asghar Mall Government College vice principal said the government had left loopholes in laws. Through quota system, he said, political leaders and influential people were adjusted in colleges.

He said the government should abolish this system, so that maximum students got admission on merit.

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Students see more job opportunities in journalism
Islamabad: Admissions to various disciplines in social and management sciences started at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) this week.

All the departments except Urdu and Persian are attracting a good number of applicants, but the Department of Mass Communication remained on top.

Surprisingly, the lecturers already serving in the government-run institutions are submitting applications for admission in the Mass Communication Department, as they want to join journalism as a profession.

"Recently, the trend to study mass communication has increased manifold and many candidates, especially females, want to become journalists," said Muddassar Mukhtar, a NUML official. He said that it was becoming hard for the university to accommodate such a large number of students.

However, he regretted that the trend to get admission in Urdu and Persian departments was declining drastically. "Students do not see good job opportunities after completing their studies in Urdu, Pakistan Studies and Persian and they are reluctant to get admission in these departments," he added.

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Literary activities at FUUAST
Different extra-curricular and literary activities stated this week at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST). Students have started enrolling their names for participation in different activities including debate contests, Mushaira and dramas based on social issues. Different committees have been set up to organise these events. Daily Times

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