IJT cricket tournament at Punjab University kicks off

LAHORE, May 25(Daily Times): The four-day Punjab University cricket tournament (challenge cup 2007) organised by the PU chapter Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) kicked off at the New Campus on Thursday evening, while students slammed university authorities for failing to curtail the group's increasing influence within the institution.

IJT PU chapter Information Secretary Kashif Malik confirmed that 125 teams, mostly from different PU departments, had registered for the tournament, adding that each team had paid an entry fee of Rs 200.

He said that the winning team would be awarded Rs 50,000, while the runner-up would receive Rs 25,000. In addition, Malik said, prizes would be awarded to the best player, best bowler and overall best performing team at the concluding ceremony of the tournament, scheduled to be held on May 27.

He also stressed that the IJT student wing saw no harm in organising sports events for PU students, adding that it had placed posters advertising the tournament around the New Campus, Old Campus and PU Hailey College of Banking and Finance (HCBF), located near Old Anarkali. However, while all posters carried the IJT insignia, they also carried a statement saying that the tournament had in fact been organised by the PU Talaba Taqreebat Committee.

Meanwhile, IJT Pakistan Central Information Secretary Hamid-ur-Rehman confirmed that former cricket legend and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan had been the chief guest at the tournament's inaugural ceremony. Jamat-Islami MNA Hafiz Salman Butt, IJT Pakistan nazim Nasrullah Khan Goraya, PU chapter IJT nazim Muhammad Ayub and other IJT office bearers and a large number of IJT activists had also attended the ceremony, he added.

On the same day, a number of PU students said that they were concerned by the growing influence of IJT within the university, adding that the PU administration had failed to take action against those members of the group who had been involved in organising events not authorised by the university.

One student, who wished not to be named, pointed out that although PU had in May 2006 banned all forms of political activity within the university premises, it had failed to take action against the IJT for organising an Islamic conference along the main corridors of the university in March of this year.

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