PU teachers rally in support of Rohingya Muslims

LAHORE:09 september:Teachers of the Punjab University took out a rally on Friday in solidarity with the persecuted Muslim minority of Myanmar – the Rohingya. The teachers’ community held banners and posters highlighting the plight of the oppressed minority. The rally was organised by Teachers’ Front and it started from the Centre for Undergraduate Studies and ended at Institute of Education and Research. A large number of faculty members, deans, directors and female teachers of the varsity took part in the rally. UN expects up to 300,000 Rohingya refugees The participants were of the view that they wanted to highlight the brutalism witnessed in Myanmar and blatant violation of human rights, coupled with the criminal silence on part of the international community. Talking to media, Teachers’ Front President Dr Sajid Rasheed Ahmed and Secretary Dr Mehboob Hussain said the rally aimed to draw the attention of world powers towards Myanmar’s Muslim massacre. They said the Punjab University was one of the biggest universities of the country and issues raised here were of utmost importance. They said that teachers of the varsity had gathered irrespective of their political affiliations and the only aim was to show solidarity with the Muslims of Myanmar. Over a thousand miles away, Rohingyas pray for a miracle Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) General Secretary Iftikhar Ahmed Tarar, Vice President Dr Shahid Ghazi, Finance Secretary Dr Muhammad Azhar Naeem also attended the rally. On the occasion, senior teachers Oriental College Principal Dr Fakhar ul Haq Noori, Faculty of Science Dean Dr Shahid Kamal, Faculty of Arts Dean Dr Mohammad Iqbal Chawla, Faculty of Islamic Studies Dean Dr Tahira Basharat also spoke to the media and described the teachers’ perspective on the whole issue.Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2017.

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