IJT activists clash with police in Lahore
Lahore, May 19: The Mall Road, near Istanbul Chowk, Town Hall, on Friday turned into a combat zone after the police used tear gas and baton charged protesting activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). A number of Jamiat activists and two policemen were injured in the clash when protestors pelted stones on the police and the latter resorted to baton charge them.
Reportedly, more than 50 student activists were also arrested. However, according to SSP Operations Sajjad Munj only six protestors were arrested. The SSP said anyone taking law into hands would be dealt with sternly.
In a separate incident, two buses of a private company were set on fire in Samanabad and Township area, after The Mall episode. Police believe Jamiat activists are involved.The IJT on Thursday had announced organising a rally from the Punjab University (PU) Old Campus, The Mall Road, to the LHC to protest against the Punjab government's failure to nab killers of one of its activists, Awais Aqeel.
Awais, which Jamiat claims was a PU student, was killed near the varsity's Hostel No15 on May 13. However, the PU administration claims Awais was no more a student of the varsity as he failed in LLB Part-I Annual Examination 2011, under roll number 1927.
Friday's protest was led by IJT Punjab Nazim Rasul Khan. Jamiat activists from various educational institutions, especially from the nearby Islamia College, Civil Lines, a stronghold of Jamiat, participated in the protest.
The situation turned violent near the PU Old Campus when the protesters were stopped by the already deployed police from moving forward. Police resorted to baton charge after the protestors pelted stones on them. The police also used tear gas shelling and aerial firing to disperse the activists. The protestors also beat some policemen with sticks.
A great traffic mess was observed on The Mall and many adjacent roads, causing inconvenience to commuters.
A PU official, seeking anonymity, said Islamia College was a stronghold of Jamiat owing to which it managed to bring dozens of students on roads. He said the Punjab government should also launch an operation at the college, just like it had done at the Punjab University, and end its hegemony there.
It is pertinent to mention that Jamiat has been accusing the PU administration of involvement in the killing of Awais Aqeel.Aqeel was allegedly killed by Abrar Watto -- an ex-Jamiat activist and a member of Shahbab-e-Milli -- Imran Tarrar and three unidentified people nominated in the FIR.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Friday afternoon, JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch -- who was flanked by JI Lahore president Ameer ul Azim and other office bearers -- strongly condemned the police torture of protesting students and termed it a brutal act. He demanded that students arrested on The Mall for staging protest be immediately released.
Liaqat Baloch alleged that both the PU administration and the provincial government were providing support to the killers. The case had become a test for the Punjab government, he added.
He also demanded the constitution of a judicial commission to impartially and comprehensively probe the murder of Awais Aqeel to unearth the reality.
To a question, Liaqat Baloch said Abrar Watto was removed from Jamiat after he was found involved in criminal activities. Jamiat had in fact helped the PU administration to rusticate him, he added.
IJT demands FIR against PU administration
Lahore: IJT has demanded registration of an FIR against Punjab University (PU) administration for alleged negligence with regard to the recent incident of killing of a student on the campus.Addressing a press conference on Thursday, IJT Pakistan Nazim Muhammad Zubair Safdar, also announced that Jamiat would organise a protest rally on The Mall against the killing of the student, Awais Aqeel, on Friday (today). They demanded removal of the PU vice chancellor and resident officer.
IJT holds protest against killing of student
Rawalpindi: College boys belonging to the Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba held demonstrations in their educational institutions to express their concern and anger over the killing of an IJT activist in Lahore the other day and the failure of police to arrest the killers.
After pack-up time, students, headed by Osama Ozair, gathered outside the Asghar Mall College and took out a protest procession raising vociferous slogans throughout the way to Benazir Bhutto Road to express their anger over the murder of the IJT activist in Lahore.
The protesters also created traffic blockades at different points between Committee Chowk and Liaquat Bagh by burning tyres on both sides of Benazir Bhutto Road. Traffic wardens diverted traffic to alternative routes. In addition to burning tyres, students also pelted stones.
Speaking on the occasion, the student leaders called upon the Punjab government and the Lahore district administration to direct police to apprehend the killers at the earliest. They also announced that till the arrest of the culprits students would continue their protest.
Moreover, Osama Ozair urged the Punjab government to provide security to students by enacting necessary laws. Full powers were given to police but they have failed to end violence and killings in the country, he alleged.
PU MBBS results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Friday announced the results of various examinations. These exams include MBBS 1st Professional, part-II, supplementary 2011, BFA Painting (semester system), Morning, Session 2007-11, BFA Painting (semester system), Replica, Session 2007-11, BFA Textile Design (semester system), Morning, Session 2007-11, BFA Textile Design (semester system), Replica, Session 2007-11, Bachelor of Architecture (semester system), Session 2006-11, Bachelor of Architecture (semester system), Session 2005-10, BFA Graphic Design (semester system), Morning, Session 2007-11, BSc Electrical Engineering (semester system), Session 2007-11, MSc Mathematics, Part-II, supplementary 2011, MSc Applied Psychology, part-I, supplementary 2011 and MSc Zoology, part-I, supplementary 2011. Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
Student commits suicide in Faisalabad
Faisalabad: A sixth class boy committed suicide after being rebuked by his teacher over his absence from school, while a teenager girl attempted suicide as her brother has eaten the food of her share in Faisalabad on Friday.
According to police and school sources, a habitually absent 11 years old student of 6th class set himself ablaze when his father refused to save him from the wrath of his schoolteacher. He was admitted to Allied Hospital Faisalabad for treatment, where he succumbed to his burns Friday evening.
Muhammad Umar, a student of Government MC Elementary School of Yasinabad, Warispura, remained absent from school for 10 days. When he came to school, his teacher Masood Ahmed reprimanded him and asked him to bring his father Khalid Pervaiz along with him to explain the cause of his absence. The boy went back to his home and requested his father to accompany him to school. However, his father also reprimanded him and refused to help him in this regard.
The boy then went to bazaar, bought kerosene oil and set himself ablaze. He was immediately shifted to Allied Hospital, where he succumbed to his burns. Coming to know about the death, the father Khalid Pervaiz suffered a heart attack. His condition was also reported to be serious.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry in this regard. In the second incident, a 13-year-old girl attempted suicide by setting herself on fire in village Chhuti Qureshian of district Faisalabad on Friday for not getting food on time, according to family sources.
Shumaila, daughter of Variyam, a 6th class student was admitted to Allied Hospital in a serious condition. According to the family sources, Shumaila came home from school on Friday and was shocked to know that the food kept for her had been taken by her brother Imran. Despite her requests, he did not share the food with her. In a dejected state of mind, she locked herself in a room, doused her body in kerosene oil and set herself on fire.
Her cries attracted people in the neighbourhood, who tried to put out the fire and save her life. With severe burn injuries, she was admitted to Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, where doctors declared her condition critical. The news