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Arrest of al-Qaeda operative from PU raises eyebrows
Lahore, Sep 11: The
arrest of an al-Qaeda operative from the Punjab University (PU) hostel
last week should be an eye-opener for the varsity administration as well
as the government.
Five years ago in September, the
PU administration had recovered ammunition, including five Kalashnikovs
(AK-47), hundreds of rounds of assault rifles and 12 hand grenades near
the very hostel No 1 where a sensitive agency personnel nabbed the
suspected militant on September 3 this year.
occasions, violence-related incidents had taken place at the Punjab
University in the past and most of the time, outsiders boarding in the
varsity hostels were found linked to such incidents. Almost every time,
the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) was alleged for being involved in such
incidents which is also evident from many FIRs registered against its
activists by the PU.
There had been many student groups
at the Punjab University but the varsity had been a stronghold of the
IJT, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), in the past.
the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran took a firm stand
against the Jamiat and closed down its offices at both the campuses of
the varsity after taking charge in 2008. However, the student
organisation continued proving its existence at the varsity by holding
various events, including a big general convention at the varsity's New
Campus in 2011.
Sources in the PU administration alleged
that the nabbed suspected al-Qaeda operative was provided shelter by the
Jamiat activists at the hostel. However, Jamiat denies the charge,
terming it a conspiracy by the present administration to defame and
malign the country's largest student organisation.
sources also claimed the captured activist was not a foreigner, saying
initial investigations into the whole episode revealed that he had even
led prayers at prayer room of the hostel No 1 more than once.
IJT's popularity graph sharply declined at the Punjab University when
it "facilitated" the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief
Imran Khan during the emergency rule of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf
It is pertinent to mention here that the JI
student wing had been opposing the Musicology Department of the
university since its inception in 2006, terming it against the Islamic
principles. Ever since the launch of MA Musicology programme, the
classes are being held at Alhamra, The Mall, as PU management failed to
shift the same to its campuses, either at the New Campus or Old Campus
fearing a backlash by the IJT.
Many of the PU faculty
members believe that had the Punjab government supported the varsity
administration in clearing hostels from outsiders and non-student
elements by conducting police operation, many of violence-related
incidents might not have happened.
They are of the view
that the presence of alleged al-Qaeda operative is also failure on part
of government because of its indifferent attitude towards the country's
oldest and largest university, having 30,000 on-campus students. They
also argue that if strict police action had been taken against the
outsiders and those providing shelter to them in the past, the situation
would have been different today.
However, many other
faculty members see the same sheer failure on the part of PU
administration, observing as to how it could not keep an eye on
suspicious persons with its own security mechanism comprising an army of
security guards headed by the chief security officer. They also
question as to how the administration could not stop the entry of
outsiders after a clean-up operation suggesting the university admin
should devise a proper security plan with the help of relevant agencies
and implement the same.
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PU MSc results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has announced the results of MSc Economics
(Morning/Replica) semester system, session 2011-2013. Meanwhile, the PU
has issued written date sheets for the BS in Computer Science (first,
second, third and fourth year), 2nd annual examination 2012 and 1st
annual examination 2013. Details are available on the varsity website
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Teachers call off protest rally
Lahore: The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) has called off its
protest rally and sit-in as a result of a successful dialogue with
Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan.
leadership of PPLA has expressed full satisfaction over the Punjab
government's response to their genuine demands and hoped that promotion
process of all cadres of college teachers will become more rapid in near
According to a handout issued on Monday, a
delegation of the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association led by its
President Prof. Dr. Zahid Ahmed Sheikh met Provincial Minister for
Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and presented various proposals to
bring betterment in the promotion process of professors and lecturers in
It was decided in the meeting that a
three-member special committee, comprising of representatives of the
PPLA, will prepare a working paper regarding pay protection and upgrade
of tentative seniority list of all cadres of the teaching staff working
in public sector colleges. The recommendations of this special committee
will be sent to the departmental promotion committee working under the
Chief Secretary Punjab for implementation after a proper legal vetting.
Mashhood Ahmed Khan announced constitution of an anomaly committee in
the Finance Department to look into technical reservations of various
stakeholders. The minister assured delegation about the resolution of
their genuine demands with all sincerity and said that working paper
regarding promotion of college teachers will be implemented without
undue delay provided the aspirants will fulfil terms and conditions for
Additional Secretary Higher Education
Punjab Waqas Ali Mahmood informed delegation of the fact that more than
five thousand and five hundred college teachers have been promoted
during the last fiscal year.
He gave an assurance to
implement all features of the special package given by Chief Minister
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for professors and lecturers in a phased manner.
President PPLA Dr. Zahid Ahmed Sheikh and his colleagues promised on
the occasion that they will extend all-out cooperation to the department
of Higher Education in completing non-available service record of those
aspirants of promotion whose ACRs and other service documents are
missing causing uncalled for delay in their promotion. The news
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First PhD in immunology
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has awarded PhD degree to Dr Nadeem Afzal in the subject of immunology.
It is the first PhD degree in immunology awarded by the university, a press release issued on Monday.
The research topic of Dr Nadeem Afzal was "The role of genetics and immune mechanisms in pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy".
UHS pathology department's head Prof A.H. Nagi supervised the research.
The thesis was evaluated by Prof Mustafa Musa from School of Medical
Sciences, USM, Kelantan, Malaysia and Prof Zahid Shakoor of College of
Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr Nadeem Afzal is currently serving as Associate Professor at UHS Department of Immunology. Dawn
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