University of Faisalabad acting VC restrained from working

LAHORE:11th august: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Wednesday restrained University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) acting-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan from working and directed the varsity’s pro-vice chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal to look after the varsity’s affairs. The chief justice held that the acting-vice chancellor would neither preside over syndicate meetings nor take any administrative decision. The chief justice asked the chancellor of the university to decide the matter regarding appointment of a permanent VC of the university or the interim charge given to pro-VC. The chief justice postponed for a week the further hearing of an application of Prof Dr Sarwar, who had challenged the appointment of Dr Iqrar as acting-VC. Counsel for the applicant Ahsan Bhoon said that Dr Sarwar had filed a petition challenging an advertisement published in the print media on August 22, 2016 for the appointment of the VCs to the agriculture universities in Punjab that was pending before the LHC. He said that during the pendency of the plea, a division bench of the court, headed by the chief justice, had announced the judgement, setting criteria for the VCs appointment in Punjab. He said that after the pronouncement of the recent judgement of the divisional bench, it was obligatory for respondents to advertise the VC post afresh in accordance with the law. He alleged that just to accommodate Dr Iqrar, a close relative of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, the old criteria had been adopted, which was illegal. He said that Dr Iqrar had already enjoyed two tenures. He said that during the pendency of the petition, the respondents should be directed to hand over charge of the VC post to the pro-vice chancellor. He prayed the court that Dr Iqrar be directed to hand over the charge of his office to the pro vice chancellor. He further requested the court to direct the Punjab government to issue fresh criteria for the appointment of VCs.Published in Daily Times,

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