LAHORE: Members of the Punjab University Syndicate and the Academic Staff Association (ASA) on Saturday condemned the conspiracy of character assassination of senior teachers through fake orders and demanded the Punjab government to operate in PU hostels against the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), besides setting up a police checkpost there to maintain law and order.
They were addressing a press conference at the PU Executive Club, which was attended by syndicate members, including Professor Dr Shaukat Ali and Javed Sami, and ASA executive members, including President Dr Amir Sarwar.
Speaking on the occasion Amir Sarwar said that a specific political group, after the defeat in syndicate and ASA polls, had started targeting two senior teachers – Prof Dr Shaukat Ali and Javed Sami.
He said that union member Munir Awan had lodged a fake complaint of harassment with the Model Town Police Station against Prof Dr Shaukat Ali and tried to get a case registered against him. Prof Shaukat Ali said that a specific political group had made the Punjab University hostage as it had representation in the elected bodies of the university.
He said that the modus operandi of the group was that it used to politically pressurise the university administration to get decisions in their favour.
On the contrary, the present administration had started to make decisions on merit, upon which the political group started to “make noise”, he added.
Prof Shaukat was of the view that the police had declared the incident of harassment, described by Munir, as fabricated. He said that the court was moved against the teachers, which also cancelled their (teachers’) arrest warrants that had been issued earlier. Javed Sami said that the attempt of using court orders through conspiracy was made by the group that had been involved in “negative activities” on campus.
He was of the view that two FIRs had been registered against Munir Awan on harassing teachers and calling them names. Sami said that Munir was terminated from services 18 months ago, but he still visited the university frequently and “threatens teachers and employees”.
PU ASA and Syndicate members demanded the government take action against the group. They also requested Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take notice of the campaign of character assassination of teachers.Daily Times.