Posts tagged ‘committee’

July 1, 2011

Pak-India working committee Petroleum committee fails to make progress

Indian companies keen to export oil to Pakistan.

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July 1, 2011

FUUAST committee to restore peace


FUUAST VC forms committee to restore peace on the campus
Karachi: Vice Chancellor (VC) Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Dr Muhammad Qaiser had formed a nine member committee, which will devise ways to restore peace in the campus. The committee will take on board the political parties that are the patrons of the student parties in the university.


The step has been taken by the vice chancellor after the fierce clashes took place between the activists of the two political parties on June 13, in which one was killed, while many others suffered injuries. The university was immediately closed and all teaching activities, besides exams and the annual convocation that was scheduled to be held on June 22 were postponed.


FUUAST VC said that the university administration had become fed up with the continued strife by the student parties therefore; it has decided to include their parent organisations to restore peace and normalcy in the campus.


“We are really sorry that the university has become a fighting arena of the student parties and the academic programmes are affected. This university is the federal university in public sector and the students are admitted on purely merit basis from all over Pakistan. These students belong to poor, lower middle and middle classes and cannot afford the cessation of their studies. Their parents send them here for education in the hope that they will become the bread earners of the family and provide some comfort to their parents. This is not possible if the student parties continue to fight. So we have decided to take into confidence various political parties to tell them to advise and control their student wings”, Dr Qaiser informed this correspondent.


The members of the committee comprises of Senior Professor of the Mass Communication Department Dr Tauseef Ahmed Khan, Dean Faculty of Business Administration Dr Salman D Muhammad, Dr Abdul Malik from the Social Work Department, Prof Syed Nasir Abbas, who is the Senator of the university; Student Adviser Muhammad Afzal, Campus Officer Prof Saleemuddin Ahmed from Geology Department, Chairman Physics Department Prof Rashid Ali Kalwar, Controller of Examinations Prof Waqarul Hasan and Prof Muhammad Iqbal from the Statistics Department.


Dr Tauseef said that it was also the responsibility of the political parties to control their student wings. “We cannot go on like this. Now it is the turn of the political parties to feel their responsibility and stop their student wings from rampage and bloodshed in the university. We are contacting the Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jeay Sindh Party and others. Many of them have promised that they will control their student wings. Others are also cooperating. We are very optimistic”, Dr Khan explained.


Dr Salman pointed out the moral decline in the society and requested the media to run awareness campaign for the students and their parents to let them know that engaging in such activities would ruin their careers.


“The civil society, the parents, teachers and of course the political parties have to come together and devise a solution that would end this meaningless confrontation. We should be allowed to pursue our academic goal and students should understand that it is in their interest to maintain peace in the university” he stated. The news

June 30, 2011

Airblue Crash: Defence Ministry refuses to submit report to NA committee

Defence Minister Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar said that the government had given a four-page detail of defence expenditures instead of a one- liner.

ISLAMABAD: The Defence Ministry refused to submit the inquiry report into the Air Blue crash accident to the National Assembly’s (NA) Standing Committee on Human Rights, on Wednesday.

Ministry officials briefed the standing committee about the investigations’ progress and admitted that they have all facts and figures regarding the accident but are not authorized to forward information to the committee, citing some legal issues which will be resolved soon, after which the report will be forwarded to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and made public afterwards.

The NA Committee, however, expressed its reservations on the non- payment of compensation to the crash affectees and directed it to be paid within four months.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar had said that officials know the reason behind the Air Blue crash in 2010, but details could not be made public at this time.

Speaking during a press briefing, Mukhtar also said that some important details regarding the attack on the PNS Mehran base had been uncovered, but these too could not be made public at this time.

These details have however been shared with the national assembly standing committee on defence in private.

Relations with the US

The Defence Minister said that Pakistan is reviewing its relations with the US on the war on terror.

During a meeting of the national assembly standing committee on defence, Mukhtar said Pakistan is spending its own money in the war on terror as the coalition support funds are halted.

He further said that losses continue to mount for Pakistan, in human and financial terms.

The defence minister denied any knowledge of the whereabouts of Mullah Omar and said that after the Bin Laden raid, even if he were here, he would have fled Pakistan.

Pakistan was expecting $500 million (Rs43 billion) in the last tranche of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), which was set up by the US Congress after the 9/11 attacks to reimburse allies for costs in supporting the US-led war on militancy. On April 25, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh had announced after a visit to the US that the Obama administration was “firmly committed” to releasing at least $500 to $600 million by June 30.

A finance ministry official said that the US Congress is yet to clear the transaction.

US bases in Pakistan

Mukhtar said that Pakistan told the United States to leave Shamsi air base reportedly used as a hub for covert CIA drone attacks.

“We have told them (US officials) to leave the air base,” national news agency APP quoted Mukhtar as telling a group of journalists in his office.

The air strip is 900 kilometres southwest of the capital Islamabad in Baluchistan province.

A US embassy spokeswoman told AFP there were no US military personnel at the Shamsi base.

CNN reported in April that US military personnel had left the base, said to be a key hub for American drone operations, in the fallout over public killings by a CIA contractor in Lahore and his subsequent detention.

Reports said operations at the base, which Washington has not publicly acknowledged, were conducted with tacit Pakistani military consent.

Mukhtar also denied the presence of American troops at Ghazi base in Tarbela, stating that it is being operated by Pakistan.

June 30, 2011

PU scandal: Inquiry committee finds Prof Baloch guilty, again

Home Secretary’s inquiry committee also finds Professor Baloch guilty of sexual harassment. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: An inquiry committee has found a suspended Punjab University (PU) professor guilty of sexual harassment.

The inquiry commission formed by the Home Secretary found that professor Iftikhar Baloch had sexually harassed a student and an administrator.

Professor Iftikhar Baloch, the principal of PU’s College of Earth and Environment Sciences was suspended by the Vice Chancellor on charges of sexual harassment.

The Punjab University had dismissed the professor in April after a four-member inquiry commission found him guilty of sexually harassing a PhD student and an administrator.

This however did not sit well with the Governor who pressured the chancellor of Punjab University and issued an ultimatum to the Vice Chancellor to restore the post of the professor. However, since the Governor can no longer ‘advise’ the Vice Chancellor after the 18th amendment, a second inquiry commission was formed by the Home Department of Punjab.

However, professor Baloch has denied the allegations.

June 30, 2011

NPF land scam: Secretary forms committee for action

 Sub-committee to prepare terms of reference.

LAHORE: 

A high-level meeting of the administration committee convened by the interior secretary was held to prepare a plan of action for the registration of a criminal case against PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan, proprietor of Land Linkers, two former IGPs as well as former managing director (MD) of the National Police Foundation (NPF) for embezzling Rs6 billion in a land scam, The Express Tribune has learnt.


Interior Secretary Qamar Zaman constituted a three-member subcommittee comprising Commandant National Police Academy (NPA), IGP Gilgit-Baltistan and IGP Azad Kashmir to prepare terms of reference regarding illegalities in the land deal as well as registration of a criminal case against the accused for colluding to deprive the foundation of land for a housing society it had paid for in full.


Zaman directed Qureshi to present a report on the scam to the subcommittee. The committee will meet again on July 2.


Qureshi wrote to the IGP Islamabad to register an FIR against Khan and the police officials who collaborated with him in line with the Supreme Court orders, but the Islamabad police have so far refused to cooperate.


Since it is a high profile case, ‘senior most officers who enjoy a good reputation may please be directed to supervise the investigation personally,’ stated the letter. A copy of the letter was also sent to the SC Registrar.


The names of the accused have been placed on the ECL on Qureshi’s request, according to sources.