Girls' hostel evacuation 'not under IJT pressure'
LAHORE, Sep 30, 2007: Punjab University (PU) administration would not take
any decision regarding evacuation of the girls' hostel under the Islami
Jamiat-e-Talaba's (IJT) pressure, says PU registrar Dr Naeem Ahmed
He said, "About 3,000 girls are studying in the PU. Due to shortage
of hostel facilities for girls, they are already in hot water." He said the PU
administration would not allow anyone to create problems for female students. He
said that PU was planning to construct new hostels for girls.
Council deputy chairman Sami Uzair said, "We are discussing evacuation of girls
hostel, but the authorities of hostels 14 and 19 are not willing to vacate their
hostels." He said the hall council would not take any decision against the
wishes of the students.
Dr Tabassum Jamal, warden of the hostel 7,
however, told an entirely different story. She said no hall council authority
had approached her regarding evacuation. She said PU acting VC Dr Arif Butt
wanted to gain the IJT workers' trust. She said she would not accept any
pressure regarding the evacuation.
Aalia Ahmed, a boarder, said girls
were living in the hostel's mosque due to insufficient rooms. PU VC Prof Dr Arif
Butt on Saturday visited the girls hostel and met with the hall council
authorities. Daily Times