Students' protest for Nawaz Sharif | IIUI convocation

Students remain in forefront during protest
Islamabad, Feb 27: Students belonging to different schools and colleges of Islamabad and Rawalpindi Thursday appeared on various roads of the twin cities, especially Faizabad, where they not only stopped the vehicles but also damaged them.

The aggressive students were seen holding sticks and bats, stopping every passing vehicle and damaging those whose owners refused to comply with their demands. "I hardly allowed after showing my identity as journalist while another journalist had the same experience at Zero Point when the students blocked the road by burning tyres and damaging vehicles.

The students' protest during the early hours of Thursday proved that they had not attended their educational institutions, aloof of their examinations to be held next month. According to the information available, the SSC examinations of Federal Board are scheduled for mid-March while those of HSSC Part-I and II are to be held during mid-April.

On the other hand, examinations of Class 1-9 are scheduled in the first two weeks of March whereas the board examination for Class 5 are to commence from today (Friday).

The involvement of students in the protests not only means the loss of their academic year but also a threat to their lives. A student of FG College for Boys H-8/4 said that the college administration did not allow the students to enter the college gate and declared the next three days as holiday, so we jointly decided to protest against the recent decision of the Supreme Court.

The college administration when contacted denied the accusation regarding the closure of the college. We could not contact the college principal, Raja Hafeez, however his mobile phone was attended by Professor Riasat Abbassi, who confirmed that the college was functional as usual. "Everything is going according to routine, however, the students got panicked over the death of a college student, who died in an accident," he said.

Another student, Usman Hafeez, said they are least bothered about their examination results, as they could sacrifice anything to force the judiciary to take its decision back. "We all should participate in the protests irrespective of our status and interests in order to revive the true judicial system in the country," he said.

The attendance of students at FG Postgraduate College for Men H-9 was also very thin while students of other educational institutions were also absent from their classes. The administration of FG College of Commerce H-8/4 claimed that the attendance in their institution was same as usual, as almost 600 students attended their examinations for BCom Part I.

A teacher of a well-recognised private school on Sixth Road, Rawalpindi, said that the strength of students in the school was far less than routine.

"I know it's not good to keep my child at home but I am afraid of the protests that could ignite fire or some other untoward situation on the premises of the academic institutions," said Shabnam Zaidi, a mother of a Class 7 student. She said she could not expose her child to any kind of risk, so she decided to keep him at home until the situation settles down. "The boys of senior classes are very emotional and one can expect anything from them under the present circumstances," she said.

Mustafa Jaleel, a father of two kids studying in a well reputed school of Islamabad, said that Nawaz Sharif should himself request the students to calm down. "I am sure that the Sharif brothers don't want students to indulge in such activities." The News

Thesis show to open today
Islamabad: Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Arts will open its 15th Thesis show 2009 today (February 26).

Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to Prime Minister will inaugurate the event while the show will remain open for one week.

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IIUI convocation on April 11
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) plans to hold its seventh convocation on April 11.

Director Academic and Planning and Chairman Convocation Management Committee, Gulzar Ahmed Khawaja told this news agency on Thursday that degrees and medals would be awarded to over 2,200 students who completed their graduation during academic session September 2007 to August 2008.

He said all such graduates were advised to submit their clearness forms along with a copy of National Identity Card to the examination branch.

He said they would also have to deposit a sum of Rs 2,000 as degree fee (non-refundable) and Rs 1,000 as security for the convocation robes. App

Farah case review plea hearing put off
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court here on Thursday adjourned till March 3 hearings of the review plea on the single bench decision of January 16 regarding the award of additional marks to Farah Hameed Dogar.

The single bench of Chief Justice Sardar Mohammad Aslam heard a plea of Barrister M Javed Iqbal Jafferi, counsel for Iftikhar Ahmed Rajpoot, and directed the counsels for former chairman Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education to provide judgment of a division bench over an intra court appeal regarding the main petition. During the last hearing, the counsel for former chairman had stated that the review plea on its decision of January 16 became ineffective after a subsequent decision of a division bench.

The review plea was filed by Barrister Jaffery, alleging fraudulent citation of the laws during the hearing of the main case on the award of extra marks to Farah Hameed Dogar by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. He said in the main case he was not heard by the bench while his case was different from the other petitioner.

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Beaconites earn distinction
Islamabad: As many as 21 students belonging to the Beaconhouse School System northern region have blazed their way into the Cambridge International Examination High Achievers List.

According to the administration of the school, the northern region has broken all previous records with 3 girls topping in the world in Cambridge International Examinations in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics and Economics. Tabish Jaleel Shaikh, from the BSS, Islamabad, has taken international world honours for 'O' level Additional Mathematics. In addition, she has also topped in Islamabad for 'O' level Accounting. Faryal Khalid, from BEC, Rawalpindi, has topped in the world for 'O' Level Mathematics. CIE has also declared Faryal Khalid's achievement as the best results across 8 'O' level subjects.

Beaconhouse Peshawar student, Zara Durrani, topped in the world for 'A' level Economics and has also been declared as the top result holder for Physics in Islamabad.

Beaconhouse North has also bagged top three positions in Pakistan with Mashail Aman Malik topping in Advanced Subsidiary level English Language. She has also bagged the high achiever result for Sociology in Islamabad while Usman Masood topped in 'A' level Thinking Skills and Nadia Ashraf topped in 'A' level Business Studies.

Thirteen high achiever positions, in Islamabad alone, were attained by BSS students: Arsalan Adil (BMI-A) for Further Mathematics, Hira Bashir (BMI-A) for Chemistry, Mariam Javed (BMI-A) for Accounting, Mashail Aman Malik (BMI-A) for Sociology, Mehak Ali (BMI-A) for Urdu, Muhammad Junaid Farooq (BMI-A) for Mathematics, Saad Qadeer (BEC-A) for Mathematics, Zara Durrani (BSS FC) for Physics and Maria ul Mulk (BSS FC) for Law.

This result signifies the continuation of Beaconhouse's endeavours to produce world-class scholars. It is such results every year that have made the institution an internationally recognized and renowned name in the field of education.

It would also be worth mentioning that BSS has invested heavily in its teacher-training programme.

This has contributed enormously to the evolving of a credible and dedicated crop of teachers for whom this is truly a moment of honour. The News

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