KP universities & VC's abduction
KP varsities shut in protest against VC's abduction
Peshawar, Nov 10: As the government said it was engaging kidnappers
through informal channels to secure the release of the vice-chancellor
of Islamia College University, Mr Ajmal Khan, and his driver,
vice-chancellors of all public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
announced closure of their institutions in protest.
officials have said that informal contacts had been established with the
kidnappers, adding that Ajmal Khan was said to be in North Waziristan.
"Taliban have put forward their demands, including money and release of their commanders," official sources said.
An official claimed to have made considerable headway in the case. He
said a seminary in the cantonment area of the city had been raided a few
days ago on information that the mastermind was staying there. But, he
added, the man slipped away because the director of the seminary had
taken a long time in allowing security personnel to enter the building.
"If anything happens to Ajmal Khan, the director of the seminary would
be held responsible", the official said.
He said the raid had been organised after negotiations with the Wifaq-ul-Madaris.
Meanwhile, all public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were
closed on Monday for an indefinite period to press the government to
recover the vice-chancellor.
The Federation of All Pakistan
Academic Staff Association has announced a strike by academic staff in
the universities of the province and threatened to extend it to
universities across the country.
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VC's abduction: Jirga wants direct talks with kidnapp
Charsadda: A jirga of all tribes of Charsadda district has
demanded unconditional release of kidnapped Vice-chancellor of Islamia
College University Peshawar, Prof Ajmal Khan, and urged the kidnappers
to hold direct talks with the jirga members.
The jirga, which
was also attended by the relatives and family members of Prof Ajmal
Khan, said that the kidnappers should release the vice-chancellor
unconditionally in accordance with the Pakhtun customs and traditions.
The members of the jirga offered direct talks to the kidnappers to
discuss their demands for release of the kidnapped educationist. They
urged the kidnappers to release him unconditionally.
participants of the jirga also asked Awmi National Party president
Asfandyar Wali Khan and both the federal and provincial governments to
play their role in the early release of Prof Ajmal.
was attended by the elders of various tribes of Charsadda, including
Nisar Mohammad Khan, Abdullah Jan Khan, Mohammad Hashim Khan, Prof
Mohammad Shafiq, Maj (retired) Tariq, Maj (retired) Mohammad Naeem, Haji
Dost Mohammad Khan, Arshad Jan Khan, Advocate Arif Kamal, Pir Hidayat
Shah, Advocate Kifayatullah Khan, Mohammad Tahir Khan, Ahmad Jan and
Haji Farman Ali Khan.
They said that Prof Ajmal was a
non-political personality and an affectionate teacher. They expressed
dissatisfaction over the steps taken by provincial and federal
governments to recover him.
They also expressed reservations
over the statements of provincial information minister wherein he
claimed that kidnappers had not contacted the provincial government with
regard to their demands.
They said that if the government was
unaware of the kidnappers, how it became possible that the videos were
released and the demands of kidnappers remained unknown.
Correspondent from Mingora adds: The teachers of Swat district took out a
procession and marched to the press club to demand release of kidnapped
Vice-chancellor Prof Ajmal Khan. They were carrying placards inscribed
with slogans, demanding release of Prof Ajmal Khan.
teachers said that the government had completely failed to recover the
kidnapped vice-chancellor. They said that government should provide
security to the teachers.
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VC asks govt to accept captors' demands
Peshawar: A video footage of the kidnapped Vice-Chancellor of
Islamia College University, Prof Ajaml Khan, surfaced here on Sunday,
with him appealing to the government to accept the demands of his
captors by Nov 20.
"The government should accept mujahideen's
demands, which are of trivial nature, by Nov 20, failing which I may
lose my life the following day," he said.
Prof Khan was kidnapped on Sept 7 when he was going to his office from his residence.
In his first video released last month he had requested the provincial
government and leaders of the Awami National Party to get him released.
The fresh video, released to some private television channels, Prof
Khan who has grown a beard, calls upon teachers and students of the
university and sincere workers of the ANP to call upon the government
for acceptance of his captors' demands.
Prof Khan, who is
related to ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, said he had been in custody
all this time and he had earlier requested the government through a
video to accept his captors' demands, but his request fell on deaf ears.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain
said he neither knew who had released the video nor any group had put
forward any demand to the government.
In a handout issued here,
the minister said that Prof Khan was respected by the government and
all possible efforts would be made to get him released.
"For the sake of humanity we have always strived to get every kidnapped person released and will continue to do so," he said. Dawn
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Kidnapping of VC
Peshawar: Coming down hard on the provincial government for its failure
to secure the safe release of kidnapped Islamia College University
Vice-Chancellor Ajmal Khan, administrations of public sector
universities of the province announced on Monday to close down all the
varsities and its constituent institutions till further announcement.
emergency meeting of the vice-chancellors of public sector universities
presided over by Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan and held at the University of
Peshawar decided that all academic activities, including examinations,
admissions, tests and interviews for jobs had been suspended for an
indefinite period. The University of Peshawar convocation, scheduled for
November 13, was also postponed.
A resolution was unanimously passed
by the participants, asking the federal and provincial government to
take every possible measure for the recovery of Ajmal Khan and his
The meeting was called after the footage of the
kidnapped vice-chancellor was aired on various television channels. In
the message, Ajmal Khan appealed to the students, faculty and activists
of the ruling Awami National Party (ANP) to make serious efforts for his
release and negotiate with his captors.
He said that it might be
his last message, as his captors had fixed November 20 as deadline for
acceptance of their demands. He referred to the kidnappers as the
'mujahideen' in presence of three armed men holding Kalashnikovs and a
knife in a threatening posture.
Taking immediate action after the
release of the video on Sunday, the Federation of the All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
chapter, announced boycott of classes for an indefinite period.
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Students demand early recovery of Dr Ajmal
Peshawar: Student outfits of Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan People's Party
Monday staged protests in Peshawar and Takhtbhai, demanding early
recovery of kidnapped Vice-Chancellor of Islamia College University,
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), Peshawar University campus,
staged protest outside the Peshawar Press Club on Monday and demanded
the immediate recovery of the kidnapped Ajmal Khan.Carrying banners and
placards inscribed with slogans, the protestors asked the government to
quickly move into action and recover the official.
Led by IJT Nazim
Raees Gul, the speakers deplored that the vice-chancellor was kidnapped
two months back but nothing practical had been done for his recovery so
far.People's' Students Federation (PSF), student wing of Pakistan
People's Party, also held a protest here Monday to press the government
for safe recovery of the Vice-Chancellor, Islamia college University,
Ajmal Khan, and acceptance of other demands.
Led by Malik Amjad and
Aminullah Farooqi, the protestors were carrying banners and placards and
chanting slogans in favour of their demands. They asked the government
to immediately recover the kidnapped vice-chancellor and end the unrest
among the students and teachers. The speakers observed that conspiracies
were being hatched to push the PSF to the wall but they vowed to foil
all such moves against the organization. The protesters also asked the
party leadership to reorganize the student body.
adds from Takhtbhai: Activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba on Monday
staged a protest to press the authorities to make concerted efforts for
the recovery of the kidnapped Vice-Chancellor of Islamic College
University, Ajmal Khan.
Led by IJT officer-bearers Pervez Khan and
Sohail Ahmed, the students gathered outside the Takhtbhai Press Club and
chanted slogans against the government. They said that the government
had failed to secure the release of the vice-chancellor. "The
authorities are least interested in making serious efforts to get the
vice-chancellor released," one of the speakers said while addressing the
students. The IJT leaders asked the government not to waste any more
time and negotiate with the kidnappers to secure safe release of Ajmal
Khan. The news
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Students block roads over shortage of teachers in Swabi
Swabi: Students of two degree colleges held separate protest
demonstrations and blocked roads here on Monday against the failure of
the government to provide the required teaching staff to the colleges.
Students of government degree college Zaida blocked the Topi-Zaida road near Zaida police station disrupting traffic.
They were chanting slogans against the government and local
politicians, alleging that the latter had made tall claims but did not
take any practical action to this effect. They said they were without
classes since September due to non-availability of the teaching staff.
Over the past one week this was the second blockade of the road by the
students of the college to press for their demands. They dispersed
peacefully when they were assured by the officials concerned that steps
had already taken in this connection.
Similarly, the students
of government college Yar Hussain blocked Yar Hussain-Chota Lahor road
against what they called "an extreme shortage of the teachers for many
months." The protesting students said due to shortage of teachers their
precious time was being wasted. They said whenever they met the
principal of the college he assured them of doing the needful but his
words could not be translated into deed.
The students also
alleged that officials at the directorate of colleges,
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa adopted dodging tactics because their children
studied in elite institutions. Later, officials of the district
administration assured them that steps would be taken for the provision
of the staff. Dawn
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