Notice for students not to enter public garden

Warning for students not to enter public garden
Lahore, Oct 11: A bizarre notice, worded in Urdu and installed at the Bagh-e-Jinnah in Lahore, warns students that they are not allowed to enter the public garden, unless they are on an educational trip. For this they must bring a letter from the head of their institution.

It is assumed the purpose behind the directive is to prevent young men and women from meeting at the city's largest garden or taking a stroll beneath its leafy trees. The bar on students amounts to a restriction on their right, as equal citizens, to free movement. It also deprives them of space to enjoy a picnic or to study in a pleasant, relatively noise-free environment. Dozens of students can be seen in the park at exam time poring over their books on a bench or revising lessons as a group. No one should be deprived of these simple pleasures of life. It is also a fact that many students lack a conducive study environment at home.

As for the idea of 'morality', the restriction simply means that couples seeking to spend time together will go elsewhere. If they do enter the sprawling gardens they presumably face harassment from police, often present there. We must also ask who has authorized the sign? No law exists to prevent students either skipping classes or from meeting those of the opposite gender. The kind of misguided morality we see behind this notice has already inflicted grave damage on our society. The Punjab government needs to take note of it, and adopt measures to ensure no one's rights are curtailed. Arbitrary measures such as those at the Bagh-e-Jinnah act to stifle life, add unnecessarily to the suffocating atmosphere we live in and encourage extremists who have in the past attempted to impose their own brand of morality on all of us, in some cases by using bombs and other means of violence.

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Student refused to receive medal from governor
Lahore: A LAW graduate of the Punjab University on Saturday refused to receive a gold medal from Governor/Chancellor Salman Taseer, registering his protest against the silence of the PPP government over the May 12, 2007, incident in Karachi.

The top position holder of session 2004-07 of LLB programme, Muhammad Shahid, went onto the stage but did not receive medal from the governor. He asked the governor why no action was being taken against those responsible for the 12 May incident although the PPP government knew that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was behind for it.

"The lawyers were burnt alive and people were killed publicly," he said, questioning the governor that why those responsible were not being brought to justice.

After registering his protest, the student left the stage and did not receive the medal although he was offered the medal twice by the governor. The unexpected move of the student stunned everyone present.

Talking to the media, the student said the purpose of his protest was to make the government realise its duties. He said: "I asked the governor why the PPP government was silent over the issue as the MQM was part of the government."

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Nephrology Dept working in KEMU
Lahore: King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Vice Chancellor Prof Zafarullah Khan has claimed that Nephrology Department is working up to the international standards in the university.

The VC, in a statement in response to the complaint of absence of Nephrology Department raised by Young Doctors Association, said that Dr Muhammad Anees, Associate Professor, was the head of the Nephrology Department.

He said that a total of 21 dialysis machines were working in this unit and almost 14,000 patients were being treated for dialysis per year.

As far as admission is concerned, he said these patients were admitted or kept under observation in two units of the Urology Department.

He said that Nephrology Department was also performing key role in renal transplant surgery being done in Mayo Hospital.

Besides, he said that the administration was waiting for completion of surgical tower. As soon as this project is completed, a number of beds will be available for Nephrology Ward. The news


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