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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Police sources said that Lahore police registered
at least eight cases against the miscreants, two FIRs against the IJT
activists under 7ATA.
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.
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
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
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 www.pu.edu.pk.
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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
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.
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
These computers tabs will be uploaded with the course comprising the syllabus of the relevant classes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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