Strict security instructions for private schools
Improve security at educational institutions or face closure
Rawalpindi, Oct 29: Private educational institutions would be closed down, if
they would not improve their security.
The decision to this effect was
made in a meeting between District Coordination Officer (DCO) Imdad ullah Bohsal
with the heads of private schools here on Wednesday.
The meeting was held
in commissioner office in which CPO Rao Muhammad Iqbal, MPAs Malik Yasir Raza,
Raja Muhammad Hanif, engineer Qamar-ul-Islam, Malik Iftikhar Ahmed, Tariq Kiani,
EDO (Education) Malik Muhammad Ashraf, ETO IT Amjid Iqbal Bharo, DO Rescue 1122
and heads of private schools were present.
DCO said that circular would
be sent to all the schools to appoint a teacher, as security officer, who should
be familiar with all the students of his institute and all the schools and
colleges should issue identity cards to their students.
DO revenue was
appointed as focal person about the security issues on the behalf of district
government. Whereas SP Sultan Ahmed Chadhar was appointed as focal person over
security issues on behalf of police department.
During the meeting CPO
Rao Muhammad Iqbal said, "We are forming the Mohalla committees after getting
the names of known residents of the areas from the MPAs so that they could help
the police and administration over the security issue."
of the meeting also decided to urge the hotel owners to improve their security,
which would be checked by survey teams.
MPAs would also arrange meetings
with the imam's of local mosques and would brief them about the security so that
they would inform their faithful during Friday sermons.
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Principal allied hospitals claimed innocence
Rawalpindi: Principal Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) and In-charge
allied hospitals Professor Dr Muhammad Mussadiq Khan claimed that none of the
illegal appointments of doctors and quacks at District Headquarters Hospital was
made through his office.
Referring to a statement of PML-N MPA Sarfraz
Afzal alleging that the principal is responsible for the illegal appointments,
Dr Mussadiq said that his office bears no record on appointments of
unqualified persons as medical officers and illegal appointments of doctors at
During an inquiry being conducted by anti-corruption
department, Medical Superintendent of DHQ Hospital Dr Khalid Iqbal Malik,
Medical Officer at the hospital Dr Bilal Arshad Butt, Director Finance at the
office of Principal Abdur Rashid had been arrested for their alleged involvement
in appointments of quacks as MOs at DHQ Hospital and for violating the service
Three brothers namely Salahuddin, Naseeruddin and Allauddin, who
are not qualified doctors, along with a staff nurse Riffat Shaheen were
appointed as MOs at the DHQ Hospital. The three brothers have not even passed
the SSC examination. Salahuddin was serving as Deputy Medical Superintendent
before unearthing of the scam nearly three weeks back while Naseeruddin and
Alauddin were posted as medical officers in the hospital in neurosurgery and ENT
Dr Bilal had resigned from the post of MO some
two years back and joined an NGO, but later when the CM ordered to regularise
the services of MOs on contractual basis, he was appointed as medical officer
out of the way and the office of the principal issued his salary of the last two
years amounting to over Rs324,000. Dr Bilal had been serving as DMS before his
arrest. Two other doctors namely Dr Maryam Waqar and Dr Mobeen Akhtar were also
appointed illegally as women medical officers at the DHQ
Salahuddin, Naseeruddin, Allauddin, Dr Maryam and Dr Mobeen
were appointed as MOs at DHQ Hospital by Punjab Health Department in April 2009,
however, Dr Mussadiq claimed that only Riffat and Dr Bilal have withdrawn salary
from his office. "Their salaries demand was sent to Director Finance at my
office from MS of the DHQ Hospital and Director Finance submitted the demand to
me after signing the documents," he said adding he did not suspect the DF and
signed their salary slips.
It is important that Riffat had been
withdrawing her salary as charge nurse through principal's office till May 2009,
but from June onwards, she was given salary as Woman Medical
"The three brothers, the fake doctors, along with Dr Maryam and
Dr Mobeen have never withdrawn their salary through my office," claimed Dr
To a query, he claimed that none of the said doctors and quacks
was appointed as MO at DHQ Hospital through his office instead the Punjab Health
Department appointed all of them and did not sent any copy of their appointment
to my office," he added.
An offer of contract appointment of Salahuddin as MO issued by the principal's office
bearing his signature in the beginning of March this year.
important that the posts of MOs are advertised by the principal's office and
Special Selection Board (SSB) exists for induction of staff at allied hospitals
in BPS-17 and above. According to rules and regulations, the principal is the
chairman of the SSB while other members include a member from Punjab Public
Service Commission, a representative of the Punjab government, a retired
professor and a professor from the concerned department.
interviews the candidates and the principal sends list of successful candidates
to provincial health secretary who upon principal's recommendations appoints the
MOs or officers in BPS-17 and above. Copy of the appointment latter is then sent
to the principal for maintaining record.
"It is the responsibility of the
principal to check/verify the lists of MOs prior to signing their salary slips,"
said a senior doctor serving at allied hospitals. Pleading anonymity, he said
that the principal's office should have one copy of recommended lists and one
copy of final selection/appointment of MOs.
He further alleged that
Special Selection Board for selection of staff for allied hospitals or RMC in
BPS-17 or above has never been made as per principles laid down.
Mussadiq when asked said that Director Finance Abdur Rashid has been arrested
because of his involvement in the matter. "I have received not a single show
cause notice on the subject from the Provincial Health Department as yet," he
Provincial Health Secretary Anwar A Khan said that the inquiry being conducted by the anti-corruption
department into the case is in progress. To a query, he said that his office is
busy working on checking records of the officials serving under the Provincial
"In the light of recommendations of the inquiry, we
would be able to asses the position of the principal RMC," he responded to
another query and added that so far they have found no reason to issue any
notification to the principal.
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Methane reserves exploration urged
Islamabad: Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, former chairperson of Higher Education Commission
(HEC), has said that methane could give much more energy than all gas
and oil deposits in the world.
Dr Atta was speaking at the
concluding ceremony of the three-day national seminar on "Challenges
for Socio-economic Development in Pakistan: Role of Science and
Technology" organised by the OIC Committee on Science & Technology
(Comstech) along with Comsats and HEC here Wednesday.
observed that if we put all oil and gas reserves of the world on one
side and methane reserves on the other side, methane would provide
greater energy than other fossil fuels. He stressed the need to explore
methane reserves in Pakistan's coastal areas.
Dr Shaukat Ali
Khan, former member of Planning Commission on science and technology,
said Pakistan needs a $300 billion investment to meet the country's
energy requirements for the next two decades, and asked the government
to make maximum use of alternate energy sources such as utilising wind
power and coal reserves of the country.
Ali Bahadur of
National University of Science & Technology said Pakistan imported
8.6 million tons of crude oil in 2005-06 costing $6.7 billion. He said
the country would need 53 per cent more of it in the next two years for
which we would give our hard earned money to the oil producing nations.
He said the proven oil reserves in these countries are fast
depleting and Pakistan needs to come up with a strategy to discover its
alternate and indigenous sources of energy.
deliberations, participants observed that energy is the lifeline of any
economy, adding that Pakistan has 28.8 million barrels of proven oil
reserves but is currently digging out only 64,000 barrels a day with a
consumption level of 351,000 barrels a day. The shortfall of 82 per
cent of the country's needs is being met by importing oil from abroad,
said Faroha Liaquat, a scientist.
The seminar concluded with
the closing remarks of Dr Anwar Nasim of Comstech, who thanked the participants.
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Classical music students mesmerise audience
Islamabad: An evening of classical music featuring students of the
Classical Music Heritage Trust (CMHT) was held at the PNCA Tuesday evening and
was attended by a select audience of music aficionados including parents and
siblings of the young artistes.
Their guru and teacher, Ustad Fateh Ali
Khan was also in the audience as were some of the founders of the CMHT as well
as former boss of the World Bank in Pakistan, John Wall, who has been a great
supporter of the CMHT and is visiting Pakistan these days. It was good to see
that most invitees arrived on time and the fact that the programme began only a
little late was also creditable.
Addressing the gathering founder
member, CMHT, Iftikhar Rashid welcomed the audience warmly and said the reason
to hold the concert was to instil confidence in the young students. He also
announced that Sardar Asef had promised to come, however he was slightly delayed
because of a meeting but they would start the programme and welcome him when he
did - setting a good precedent of not waiting for VIP's to arrive. Praising the
government for including art and culture in the next five year plan, something
which had never been done before, he said the CMHT was formed entirely on their
own initiative by seven music lovers to preserve and revive the dying tradition
of classical music and its academy had passed on 10,000 man hours of lessons in
classical music under the tutelage of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and other maestros.
Adding that this concert was their first exposure to an audience and he wished
them well, he concluded by urging the audience not to applaud the young artistes
in between their singing in case they were disturbed and went off beat but to
applaud them heartily at the end of their performance to encourage
One of the students, Faheem Bangash, acted as anchor person for the
evening and the programme began with Raja Riaz vocalizing raag 'bharvi' followed
by Samad Ghafoor ('koshak dohani'); Natasha Eijaz ('bhem palasi') Yasir Abbas
('malkos'); Kanwal Iftikhar (jon puri); Saadia Mirza in a duet with another
female vocalist whose name was not on the programme ('khamaj') Ahmed Jamal and
Ateeq ('kandhara'); Ateeq Rifhat Soofizadah ('puriya dahnaseri'); Sijjal Ali
Sadaqat ('darbari'); Faheem Bangash ('aeman') and Abbbas Ali Khan (bhagesheri).
Each student followed the tradition of paying respect to his/her teacher by
asking for his blessing and permission before starting to sing.
were accompanied by Umeed Ali on the harmonium and Shahid Jimmy on the tabla with some students also acting as accompanists.
Needless to say the audience could not refrain from showing its
appreciation and applauded the students in between their various musical
overtures by clapping as well as voicing verbal accolades, so it was obvious
that the performances were of a high standard - and it goes to the students
credit that they did not miss a beat though their may have been a slight fluff
here and there which was probably noticed only by the experts! While the formal
side of the performance was enjoyable, even more so was the fact that the
students sang as if they were really enjoying themselves - all had pleasant
expressions on their face, something which makes listening to live music more
enjoyable, the visual combining with the vocal to create a special kind of
ambience for the audience.
In the end, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan said he had
refrained from singing because it was the student's big day and
thanked the CMHT for keeping alive the tradition of classical music at its
academy and by arranging concerts. The news
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