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Violent IJT protest | BZU Lahore campus sealed

IJT activists go violent during protest, 21 arrested
Lahore, Dec 03: Violent protests paralysed Lahore for hours after police evicted activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) from Hostel No 16 of the Punjab University on Monday morning.

Around a dozen of IJT activists were picked up by the police from the hostel. In retaliation, the fellows of the arrested activists, boarding in PU Hostel No 15, pelted stones on police, teachers and employees. However, the situation was soon controlled after the varsity's employees retaliated in the same manner.

Dozens of police jeeps lined up on the Canal Road near the PU hostels on early Monday and entered Hostel No 16 around 6:30am. Some IJT activists gathered near Govt College of Science, Wahdat Road, a stronghold of Jamiat, and protested against the police action. One armed person, allegedly belonging to IJT, was arrested from the Punjab University after the operation.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, PU Hall Council Chairman Dr Muhammad Akhter said girls have been shifted to Hostel No 16 after getting it vacated. He said the PU teachers, employees and students were thankful to Chief Minister for taking strong notice of the incident and not accepting any pressure. He said on Sunday, Hostel No 16 was almost vacant but some 10-15 Jamiat activists tried to occupy a few rooms; the administration sought police help and the rest of the rooms were vacated from Jamiat's possession and police arrested some activists as well.

He said during the checking, three bottles of liquor, "bhung", a bullet and cards were found in the room of IJT Nazim Rao Adnan, who was illegally residing there. He said while the female students were shifting to the hostel, the IJT activists hurled some stones but the female students' determination remained unchanged. He added the hostel would cater to the needs of almost 200 female students.

Meanwhile, in a press release, IJT denied link with liquor bottles and other stuff recovered from the hostel and termed the same a conspiracy to malign Jamiat. The IJT spokesman said Jamiat was demanding construction of new hostels and new buses for the students but the PU administration had allegedly opened a new front against Jamiat. He alleged many of the activists had gone missing. He flayed Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan for speaking against Jamiat, saying instead of issuing statements, the minister should address the problems being faced by the students.

However, the PU spokesman said if a terrorist could be arrested from the room of Nazim of Jamiat, the recovery of liquor bottles and bhung was not a big issue. He said on one side, Jamiat was demanding more buses but in fact, allegedly IJT set government and private buses on fire.

Talking to media persons, outside the Punjab Assembly, Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed said police arrested some nominated people involved in manhandling and thrashing two faculty members of the PU Law College but some non-students and armed elements were instigating bona fide students to protest over this issue. He added these elements had been found linked to Taliban and had illegally occupied the PU hostels.

He said some self-proclaimed activists of a student organisation, IJT, were acting as the so-called nazims, as no student organisation could nominate its office-bearers without registration. He added over the years, the student unions were banned in Pakistan and the same law was applicable today, owing to which, activities of such organisations were illegal.

The minister said committees had been formed in public colleges and universities across the province, having the facility of hostels, to point out illegal occupants, adding the committees had been empowered to take legal action against such elements.

Rana Mashhood appealed to the parents of those students, who are stopping the academic process in Punjab University through brawl, interfering in smooth flow of traffic, snatching keys from drivers of public transport and hooliganism, not to allow their children to become tools in the hands of such elements, who are putting the educational career of young generation at stake for their vested interests.

Later, a protest by IJT activists against police crackdown paralysed traffic on the Canal Road. The situation started worsening a few hours after the sunset when scores of the IJT activists started converging at the Campus Bridge and within an hour the protest swelled considerably, leaving the traffic system collapsed within the next few minutes. Within the next few minutes, the mess stretched to adjoining areas as hundreds of vehicles finding no way moved onto the key roads.

Meanwhile, IJT activists allegedly set a bus of a private company on fire on the Wahdat Road, snatched keys of various vehicles and fled. The IJT activists allegedly attempted to stop buses near a private hospital. Some IJT activists partially damaged a bus near Dak-Khana Stop, Mughalpura. The infuriated protesters smashed the windscreen and windowpanes of the vehicle by stone-pelting. However, the protesters left the spot prior to police action.

Police sources said that Lahore police registered at least eight cases against the miscreants, two FIRs against the IJT activists under 7ATA.

Patrolling increased

Lahore police increased patrolling on roads from the University Campus to Thokar Niaz Baig. Police officers performing duty at University As per DIG Operations, at least nine mobiles had been dispatched to the troubled area, besides deploying additional force there.

Following the violent incidents, the Lahore Transport Company (LTC) CEO was forced to suspend the operation of public transport buses across the city at around 2:40 pm. This created problems for the commuters and swarms of people were seen awaiting public transport at the bus stops as they did not have information of the suspension of bus operations. The commuters condemned this behaviour.

The LTC got registered an FIR in the Muslim Town Police Station against anonymous attackers in this regard. The news

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IJT activists accused of harassing PU teachers
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has accused Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) activists for harssing varsity's Law College teachers, disconnecting power supply and forcibly suspending classes.

However, PU IJT acting nazim Abdul Bassam alleged that teacher Naeemullah was having a closed-door meeting with some girls in his office and the Law College IJT nazim had knocked at the door, but the teacher did not open it.

He claimed that Mr Naeemullah later came to the canteen and tortured students.

Answering a question, Bassam agreed that the college administration had locked the college canteen for being defaulter. The IJT activists later blocked Canal Road for some time to protest against the teachers of the Law College.

PUASA president Dr Ehsan Sharif, while speaking at a news conference at PU Executive Club, alleged that IJT activists also broke CCTV cameras and took along a computer after the college administration locked the canteen.

He said the IJT activists got infuriated because they used to take free meals from the canteen, adding that they misbahved and used abusive language against two teachers, Naeemullah and Imran Alam.

Dr Sharif also alleged that IJT activists also resorted to firing and locked the two teachers in a college room. Condemning the action of IJT activists, the PUASA president demanded that the chief minister should take notice of the situation and launch an operation against IJT activists.

Dr Sharif also lauded Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran for himself visiting the scene and rescuing teachers. Dawn

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MBBS revised date-sheets
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examination Department has issued revised date-sheets for the MBBS Final Professional (Re-Organised and New Re-Organised Scheme) Annual Examination 2013. Detailed date sheets are available on PU website

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PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department on Thursday declared the results of MA Punjabi Part-II annual examination for 2013.

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BZU Lahore campus sealed
Lahore: A team of the Lahore Development Authority on Monday sealed the campus of Bahauddin Zakria University (BZU) situated at Canal Road.

The team took the action against the BZU for carrying out commercial educational activity on a road where the same was not allowed under the LDA's commercialisation policy, according to an LDA spokesman.

The spokesman said since Canal Road was amongst the major city roads where any commercial activity/business was disallowed under the LDA's commercialisation policy 2011, the BZU established its campus unlawfully along the road at Ahmad Block of the Garden Town near Gulzar underpass.

The official said the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) had too got published advertisement/public notice, suspending functioning of the BZU Lahore campus because of the varsity vice-chancellor's notification regarding establishment of the campus.

On the other hand, campus' chairman Munir Bhatti termed the action a violation of the stay order issued by the court in favour of the BZU. "We had showed the stay order to the authorities concerned besides informing them about court hearing on Dec 3 (today). But despite all that the LDA team and police sealed our campus."

He said the campus administration had shifted students to varsity's Kot Lakhpat campus so that their study couldn't be affected. "We will continue our legal battle for justice," he added. Dawn

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Punjab govt to launch 'Smart Schools System'
Lahore: The Government of Punjab has decided to introduce "Smart Schools System" in the province.

This was disclosed by the Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan while presiding over a meeting to determine the areas of jurisdiction for the proposed Private Educational Institutions Commission on Sunday.

Under the proposed system, 55,000 public sector schools, both for boys and girls, will be transformed into centers of excellence through many innovative means including the provision of computer tabs of I-Pad size to all the students of 8th to 10th grade.

These computers tabs will be uploaded with the course comprising the syllabus of the relevant classes.

Provincial minister for education informed the meeting that the Punjab government will start supplying computers tablets to "Smart Schools" next year and more than 1.2 million students will be provided with this latest tool of learning every year.

The students will download their educational course in the class room through internet and in this way the kids would get rid of heavy bags filled with so many curricular books to carry from their homes to schools.

Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan further informed that the computers server of every smart school will be linked with the central digital library of the government of Pakistan. This step will enable all the students coming from various socio-economic segments of the society equal reach to the latest available knowledge in the world.

The minister termed it a significant step towards introduction of unified educational system which would ensure all the hardworking students to excel in their studies and they would have all opportunities to progress in life as the elite classes of the society already possesses, he added.

During the meeting, the minister announced that the Private Educational Institutions Commission will consist of 17 members including eight official and nine non-official members.

The non-official members will be nominated from known educationists, technocrats, philanthropists and NGOs.

The minister further announced that the chairman of the commission will be nominated from the non-official members.

He said the Commission will be authorised to monitor the working and performance of privately managed educational institutions and regulate them through issuing instructions for their improvement.

The Commission will also play role in solving issues, problems and disputes between teachers, students, parents and the administration of the private educational institutions.

Members National Assembly Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmad, MPAs Khawaja Imran Nazir and Ayesha Javed, Chairman Punjab Examination Commission Prof.

Zaffar Iqbal Qureshi, Chairman Punjab Text Book Board Nawazish Ali, Chairman Punjab Curriculum Development Authority Saleem Akhtar Kayani and Secretary Schools Education Punjab Abdul Jabbar Shaheen attended the meeting. Renowned educationists from private sector were also present on the occasion. online

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