Allama Iqbal Medical College Convocation | ICU kidnapped VC
Islamabad, Sep 21: Allama Iqbal
Medical College (AIMC) is going to organise the Annual Convocation for
Session 2012-13 in the last week of October, 2013. According to a
handout on Wednesday, Prof. Mahmood Shaukat, Principal AIMC/JHL, will be
the chief organizer whereas Prof. Arif Tajammal will be the organizing
secretary. The college administration asked the students of session
2012-13 to get their names registered in the student section of AIMC
administration office until 12 October.
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Former VC of agri varsity passes away
Nowshehra: A former Vice-Chancellor of Agriculture University Jehangir Khattak, was
laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Pirpiai on Friday. The
educationist had passed away after a protracted illness. He was father
of Nadra Deputy General Manager Suhail Jehangir and Dr Faisal Jehangir
and brother-in-law of former Interior Minister Nasirullah Khan Babar.
His 'qul' will be held at the residence of late Nasirullah Babar on
Sunday. The news
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Explain why VC not recovered yet
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Wednesday issued
show cause notices to the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments
asking them to explain why they have failed to recover Islamia College
University Peshawar's Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan more than three years
after his kidnapping by militants.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Nisar
fixed the next hearing into the matter for Oct 31 asking the federal and
provincial governments to explain what steps they have taken so far and
why they've failed to recover Ajmal Khan.
Mr Ajmal Khan was abducted on Sept 7, 2010 along with his driver on
the way to his office from house in Professors' Colony in the capital
Later, some video footages surfaced showing that he was in the
custody of militants, who had put forward certain demands to the
government for his release.
Deputy Attorney General Mohammad Iqbal Mohmand had sent an
application to Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan through the Human Rights
Cell of the court requesting him to take a suo moto notice of the
issue, saying almost three years had passed but the provincial
government had taken no step for the recovery of the vice chancellor.
He said he had filed the application as an individual and not as DAG
because Ajmal Khan was a thorough gentleman, who was respected by all.
The deputy attorney general said a video footage of Mr Ajmal was
released about which reports appeared in local newspapers on July 7,
2013, wherein he had requested the chief justice and the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa governor and chief minister to take interest in his release
from Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. The court had included the interior
secretary, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inspector general of police, home
secretary, the additional chief secretary at Fata Secretariat and the
agents of North and South Waziristan agencies as respondents in the
The bench issued directives to the DAG and an additional advocate general Waqar Ahmad Khan.
Meanwhile, the bench disposed of a case related to the kidnapping of
eight employees of Gomal Zam Dam Project as seven of them have recently
been released by their captors.
The workers were on their way to Tank district from the dam site in
South Waziristan on Aug 15, 2012, when they were taken away by
kidnappers who later turned out to be militants.
Fida Gul, lawyer for Wapda, said efforts made by the high court and
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor had borne fruit as seven of the
employees had been set free.
Fata Senator Saleh Shah and MNAs from South Waziristan Maulana
Jamaluddin and Ghalib Khan also appeared before the bench. Senator Saleh
Shah said the ongoing security situation had adversely affected the
traditional jirga system in tribal areas, creating several problems for
He said tribal people were patriotic Pakistanis, who were always ready to stand for the defence of the country.
The chief justice observed that unless the jurisdiction of Supreme
Court and high court had not been extended to Fata, the problems
prevalent in tribal areas would continue.
Similarly, the bench referred an application filed by mother of the
eighth kidnapped employee, Mushtaq Khan, to the Human Rights Directorate
of the court.The applicant, Musharaf Jana, said initially, the media
reported that all the eight employees were set free but later on they
came to know that her son had not been released.
She requested the court to look into the matter and help in the recovery of her son.
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Over 100 schools share buildings in Peshawar
Peshawar: The functioning of three to four primary
schools in a single building with no open space has been affecting the
academic atmosphere and causing several problems to thousands of
students and their teachers.
Officials said that only in Peshawar the number of such schools stood
at around 100, of which 60 were in urban area. Of the 100 schools, they
said, some were relocated from other areas for different reasons to the
buildings of already functioning schools.
The establishment of new primary schools in the building of already
functioning schools is illogical, according to officials in the
elementary and secondary education department. With this, the number of
students has been increased to an unmanageable level in the already
overcrowded schools, teachers of such schools said.
Such joint schools have no proper classrooms, forcing their
administration to arrange classes in the verandas and open places, as
schools in urban areas are usually established on a very small piece of
One such example is that of the building of Government Primary School
for Boys, Yousufabad, located in the city area which is currently
shared by three schools. The other two schools are Government Primary
School, Zaryab Colony, and Government Maktab Primary School, Yousufabad.
Similarly, three primary schools have been established in the
building of Government Girls Primary School, Afghan Colony, while rooms
for the fourth school in the same building were under construction,
officials said. There are 15 rooms for 2,200 students with over 130
students per classroom, they said.
The three-storey building of the school is congested and it is very
difficult for the small children to reach their classrooms on the third
floor through stairs.
The officials said that three schools had been functioning in the
four-room building of Government Girls Primary School, Jogiwara, in the
interior city. It means one room for one school, they said.
During a visit to the Government Primary School, Yousufabad, this
correspondent noted that the furniture provided in two classrooms was
mostly broken, while students in other rooms were sitting on the muddy
ground as the government had not provided them jute mates.
The Yousufabad school building has four rooms and two small verandas
where 13 sections of the five classes have been accommodated.
When asked how they manage so many sections in four rooms, a teacher
said that other than rooms and verandas, the students were also sitting
in the narrow place between the boundary wall and veranda on the ground
The students were scattered on all available ground in the school and there was no space available to even pass through.
Answering a question, the teacher said that there was no space for the morning assembly and a playground.
Pointing to the under-construction middle school on the premises of
the primary school, the teacher said that with the establishment of the
middle school, the number of students and their problems would increase
All such schools are short of facilities, particularly furniture and
washrooms. It is impossible to manage and maintain furniture for
overcrowded schools, said an official of the district education office,
Peshawar. He claimed that establishment of two or more primary schools
in a single building was not feasible, but it was done as local MPAs
wanted to oblige voters and create some posts to appoint own people.
Additional Secretary Elementary and Secondary Education Department
Qaiser Alam Khan, when contacted said that Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf-led provincial government was determined to construct
schools on need basis and at proper places.
He said that many schools functioning in the same building had been
shifted from other areas. Such schools were first established in rented
buildings, but later shifted to the government primary schools when
owners of the rented buildings asked to vacate them for different
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