LAHORE:THE Punjab University Academic Staff Association, headed by its acting President Dr Abdul Ghaffar and Secretary General Prof Javed Samee, held a protest rally against the Islami Jamiat Talaba from the PU Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology to the New Campus bridge on Wednesday.
The protesting teachers were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the IJT. Earlier, in its general body, the PUASA decided that all the faculty members of the association would bring out a protest rally from the PU College of Art and Design, Old Campus, on both sides of The Mall Road without blocking the traffic to express solidarity with their colleague Prof Iftikhar Baloch, who was tortured by IJT activists.
Meanwhile, presiding over a joint meeting of all the university deans, heads of departments, college principals and teachers in Al-Raazi Hall, New Campus, PU VC Mujahid Kamran said he was doing his utmost to uphold the honour and dignity of teachers.
According to a press release, Dr Kamran said the solidarity expressed by civil society, media and bureaucracy with Prof Iftikhar Hussain Baloch had proved that the public still respected the teaching fraternity. He said the repeated incidents of lawlessness at the hands of the IJT workers had forced the faculty to launch protest for indefinite period.
He said the PU administration had no prejudice against any particular student union, rather it was only endeavoring for the maintenance of peace on the campus and wanted action against the violators of law. He said the disciplinary committee entrusted with the task to deal with delinquent students was independent in making its decisions.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jamil Anwar, Dr Mughees-ud-Din Sheikh, Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Shaukat Ali, Dr Sajid Ali, Prof Shaista Sonnu Sirajuddin, Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon and Prof Javed Khokhar said they would not return to classes unless the culprit nominated in the Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch FIR and those residing unlawfully in university hostels were arrested.
Meanwhile, Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, in a press release, expressed gratitude to his colleagues, educationists, relatives, students and leading social and political figures who had inquire after him.The news