Posts tagged ‘peace’

July 2, 2011

Strengthening Peace: Kohistanis invite president to attend cultural event

A three-day Swat-Kohistan Indigenous Culture Festival “Simam”, to be held from July 11.

PESHAWAR: Kohistanis have invited President Asif Ali Zardari to attend the three-day Swat-Kohistan Indigenous Culture Festival “Simam”, to be held from July 11.

The Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi (IBTT) sent a letter to the president, inviting him to attend the event, which will take place in Bahrain, a scenic town in Swat.

The letter says that Swat Valley was once considered the Switzerland of Pakistan. However the people fell victim to barbarism and terror after suffering from militancy and floods, both of which caused physical and psychological damage to the people of the valley, the letter said.

“The security forces were able to get rid of terrorism…. however, the local people also cooperated with the government and rendered countless sacrifices for the purpose,” the letter reads.

The prime minister and other officials regularly cite the operation as a testament to Pakistan’s resolve to fight terrorism, but what is missing in these statements is the cost paid by the Swatis, and whether their plight ends here or will it be prolonged as the war on terror goes on, the letter said.

“A peaceful Swat is the only successful mission in Pakistan’s war against terrorism. What we want is to make Swat an example of peace, development, beauty and pluralism, [for which we need billions of rupees in funding],” the letter added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

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