Teachers’ Front demands ex-PU VC’s name be put on ECL

LAHORE:09 January:A group of teachers from Punjab University have demanded of the provincial government to put the name of former provisional vice-chancellor’s name on the exit control list (ECL) and a thorough investigation should be carried out against him for alleged irregularities. A statement issued by the Teachers’ Front on Monday stated that the teachers demand that Dr Zafar Moin Nasar should not be given a safe passage and instead legal action should be initiated against him. The statement added that teachers were celebrating the exit of the former VC. The statement stated that Dr Nasar proved to be a very controversial vice-chancellor. It said that after taking charge, he fired 45 senior teachers and after much criticism from academics, he was forced to withdraw his decision. It said that Dr Nasar’s qualification for the post of the vice-chancellor had been challenged in the Lahore High Court and his policies would have a long-term negative effect on the varsity. The statement said that the teachers’ community would not rest until action was taken against him. “Members of the Punjab University Academic Staff Association and Senators appeal to the chief minister and chancellor to not give him a safe passage and conduct a thorough investigation against him and recover millions looted from the Punjab University,” the statement stated. Meanwhile, the Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) – the elected representative body of teachers, supported the former provisional vice-chancellor. In a statement, ASA President Javed Sami condemned the statement by the Teachers’ Front and said that Dr Nasar was an honest man as well as being a pro-merit vice-chancellor. He said that the teachers’ community supports all the initiatives taken by him, including holding selection board and bringing peace to the university campus among other things. He said, “The teachers’ community has already rejected the Teachers’ Front for supporting the illegal activities during the tenure of the former vice-chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran.” Sami said that the faculty would not accept any attempt at character assassination of Dr Zafar Moin Nasar.” He demanded of the Punjab government to immediately advertise the vacant post of the vice-chancellor. He said that the government should ensure that that a permanent vice-chancellor be appointed so that academic and research activities at the varsity could continue. Earlier on January 5, provisional vice-chancellor Dr Zafar Moin Nasar resigned from his position. His resignation came after claims of government’s pressure to handover land of the varsity as well as allegations of Dr Nasar’s involvement in financial and administrative irregularities during his tenure. However, Dr Zafar Moin contended that he had been under immense pressure by the provincial government to provide two kanals of land of the Punjab University to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The government had asked for the land to build a mosque which was going to be demolished due to the development work on Orange Line Metro Train project.Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2018.

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