Harvard University honours Malala | Karachi schools security

Harvard University honours Malala
Cambridge, Oct 01: Malala Yousufzai has been honoured with Harvard University's humanitarian award of the year.

Malala was at Harvard University on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust said she was pleased to welcome Malala because of their shared interest in education.

Malala, 16, said she hopes to become a politician because politicians can have influence on a broad scale.

She spoke nostalgically about her home region, the Swat Valley, and said she hopes to return some day.

She called it a "paradise" but described it as a dangerous area where militants blew up dozens of schools and sought to discourage girls from going to school by snatching pens from their hands. Students, she said, reacted by hiding their books under their shawls so people wouldn't know they were going to school.

"The so-called Taliban were afraid of women's power and were afraid of the power of education," Malala told hundreds of students, faculty members and well-wishers who packed Harvard University's ornate Sanders Theatre for the award ceremony.

Malala highlighted the fact that very few people spoke out against what was happening in Swat region.

"Although few people spoke, but the voice for peace and education was powerful," she said.

Malala also described waking up in a British hospital, where she was taken for emergency treatment following the assassination attempt in Pakistan.

"And when I was in Birmingham, I didn't know where I was, I didn't know where my parents are, I didn't know who has shot me and I had no idea what was happening," she said. "But I thank God that I'm alive."

The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, paid a special tribute to Malala in a message read publicly during her award ceremony.

"Your courage," Mr Jagland said, "is sending a strong message to women to stand up for their rights, which constitutes a precondition for peace." ap

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SMIU VC's book on Quaid-e-Azam published
Karachi: A new book written by noted scholar, academician and Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah titled "Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah: Education, Struggle and Achievements" has been published.

The book focuses on the life of the great leader who is credited with creation of the largest independent Muslim state in the world in 1947. The book particularly focuses on the earlier life of Quaid-e-Azam as well as his education: the aspect which has escaped attention of many of his biographers/historians. It has also included copies of his educational records as available at three of his alma-maters i.e. Sindh Madressatul Islam, CMS School and Lincoln's Inn, London.

The book has been divided into 12 chapters, namely: Parentage and Childhood, Education at Sindh Madressatul Islam, Studies in London, Offer of PhD, Career in Law and Politics, Marriage with Rattanbaie, Parting of ways, Pakistan Resolution, Achieving Pakistan, Blueprint for the New State, the Last Journey and His Last Will. The book contains pictures relating to various periods of Jinnah's life. It has been design by Shaista M Ali who had also designed SMIU Press' earlier book, "A Monograph on Sindh through the Centuries".

The author Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh writes in the introduction to the book that there are many aspects of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's life, which are still shrouded in mystery and need further research. One such aspect is his early life and education.

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IGP orders tightening security around schools
Karachi: In the wake of media reports about scare and concern among the people about the growing incidents of kidnapping of public and private school children, Inspector General of Police (Sindh) Shahid Nadeem Baloch on Saturday directed the Additional IG Police Karachi to tighten security measures around all schools in consultation with their respective administrations.

According to a press release issued here, the IGP directed the police to keep strict vigil around the educational institutions at the opening and closing hours, and asked the schools' administrations to issue identity cards to their staff and students and do not allow any unauthorised person to enter their institutions.

Besides, they should also issue special identity cards to parents or domestic servants or drivers detailed to pick and drop the students. Not only this, they also obtain written undertakings from the parents and guardians showing their trust on whom they had deputed to carry their children to and from the school.

The IGP further instructed to keep the schools' proximity clear of unauthorised persons. All vehicles that carry the children should be issued stickers by the respective school administrations while their parking should not be allowed in school premises, he directed. The news

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SHC adjourns hearing of plea for MBBS evening classes
Larkana: The Larkana circuit bench of the Sindh High Court seized with a petition seeking permission for the launch of MBBS evening classes at the Chandka Medical College adjourned the hearing on Monday to Oct 9 when the petitioners' counsel sought time to ascertain that the Supreme Court was also hearing two identical cases.

Counsel for the petitioners Ms Murk Rohira and others said the petitioners had qualified for admission to the MBBS evening class after having cleared all entry tests.

They had nothing to do with the controversy over evening classes between the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University's management and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council; therefore, they should be allowed to begin their studies at the earliest, said the counsel.

The panel of lawyers for the PMDC argued that since the launch of MBBS evening shift was not approved by the council, it was contemplating sending a reference against the SMBBMU vice-chancellor and director of admissions to the National Accountability Bureau. The university was not authorised to allocate additional seats as its authority rested with the PMDC alone, they said.

Counsel for respondents VC of SMBBMU and its director of admissions produced documents in the court to prove that the Supreme Court was also hearing two identical cases.

They showed copies of the apex court's letters in a case filed by Ms Murk Rohira, one of the petitioners in the present petition, and a petition field by Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, general secretary of the Pakistan Medical Association, Karachi, versus PMDC over the issue of MBBS evening shift.

The PMDC lawyers said that Supreme Court had taken notice of a news story published in a national daily about the launch of evening classes by the SMBBMU.

They said the PMDC had requested the apex court to stop the illegal programme as it was not approved by the council and the request had been accepted. The document carrying the apex court's order would be filed in the court within a week, they said.

In the light of the revelations by respondents' lawyers, the petitioners' counsel sought time to ascertain the facts and agreed to the adjournment of the hearing to Oct 9. Dawn

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