AIOU’s faculty, students pray for recovery of trapped troops

ISLAMABAD: Thousands of students and teachers of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) expressed solidarity with the Pakistan Army and prayed for the safe recovery of the soldiers who are trapped in an avalanche in Siachen.

The prayer meeting was held on Wednesday at AIOU’s main campus. Students, through video-conferencing, expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragedy in Gayari sector and prayed for early recovery of 127 soldiers and 11 civilians.

AIOU’s Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi, who chaired the meeting, said that the university wished to join the nation and the armed forces in this great loss and prayed for the success of the ongoing rescue operation. He said the university was working on a plan to build up a volunteer force, comprising 70,000 students to take part in the rescue and rehabilitation activities at times of disasters and natural calamity.

While expressing shock at the tragic incident, Sangi said he will ask teachers, employees and students of the university to pray for the soldiers’ safety and stand with the armed forces in times of adversity. AIOU is not only catering to the educational needs of people living in all parts of the country but also fully supports the nation during such tragic occasions, he added.

In addition, he said the university has always been in the forefront on providing necesssary relief to its students residing in the calamity-hit areas. Helping needy and deprived people, providing equal educational opportunities to under-privileged students and to those residing in far-flung and backward areas across the country has always been the university’s priority, he added.

In order to further expand educational facilities, Dr Sangi said the AIOU had started various schemes, like students’ support fund, video-conferencing system, constructing its own buildings in various cities, setting up model study centres at village and town level.

A resolution was adopted at the meeting, demanding the United Nations to declare the Siachen region war-free zone, asking both Pakistan and India to withdraw their forces from the area to avoid further loss of precious human lives. Million of dollars are being spent to keep soldiers in such a dangerous area, he asserted.

At the end of the meeting, Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies Dean, Professor Dr Ali Asghar Cheshti, prayed for a quick rescue of the soldiers and asked God to grant courage to the bereaved families

SPARC to launch drive for deprived children from 16th

KARACHI: Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC), a non-governmental organisation, is going to conduct a six-day awareness drive from April 16 to tackle the violence against children. Talking to Daily Times on Wednesday, SPARC Regional Manager Kashif Bajeer said that during the proposed week, a large number of activities, including walks, seminars and panel discussions will be conducted with the aim to raise awareness among masses.

Bahria varsity evacuated over bomb hoax

KARACHI: A bomb hoax on Wednesday instigated an emergency drill for bomb disposal squad (BDS), volunteers of different organisations and Sharah-e-Faisal police who rushed to the Bahria University for a search and rescue operation.

According to detail, a hoax call was received by the university administration threatening of a bomb present within the premises of the university.

The call spread panic while the administration responded immediately, evacuating the multi-storied building within a short span of time.

Bomb disposal squad rushed to the scene and cleared the building after a through sweeping.

DSP Al-Falah Shakeel Awan said although the BDS cleared the place, the Naval Intelligence has initiated an investigation of its own to reach the perpetrator.

Saudi deputy foreign minister visits Lok Virsa

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, accompanied by his entourage, visited Lok Virsa at Shakarparian on Wednesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinated the visit. On arrival, the distinguished delegate was given a very warm welcome by a group folk dancers and dholis (drummers) attired in traditional costumes. Federal Minsiter Samina Khalid Gurki, and Ministry of National Heritage and Integration Federal Secretary Asif Ghafoor received the delegation at the institute. Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid briefed the Saudi minister about the salient features of Pakistan’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage with special reference to the mandate and functioning of Lok Virsa as a specialised national organisation. The dignitary was taken around various displays at the First Ethnological Museum of Pakistan, popularly known as Heritage Museum, portraying folk culture and cultural lifestyles of the people living across the country, including remotest areas. The Hall of Sufis and Shrines where services of the Sufis and scholars have been explained through a dioramic form showing Sufi messages of peace and harmony to mankind impressed the Saudi deputy foreign minister. staff report

PEB fails to recheck results

RAWALPINDI: Parents of students have expressed grave concern over the failure of Punjab Educational Board (PEB) to review the results of the primary and middle schools examinations.

According to information, thousands of students in Rawalpindi were announced failed in their exam results. The parents said that future of their children is at stake and the board administration had still not taken any initiative to recheck the papers. online

PESHAWAR: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a vehicle outside the local campus of a popular chain of schools, killing its driver, police said on Wednesday.


Yaqoob, a resident of Chamkani, was waiting in a school van outside the Saddar Campus of the Beaconhouse Schools System to take schoolchildren home, when armed men opened fire on the vehicle, killing him on the spot. There were reports that a student was also slightly wounded.


West Cantonment Police Station House Officer (SHO) Dost Mohammad speculated that the driver might have been killed over an enmity. He said none of the schoolchildren was wounded in the firing.


A full-fledged probe has been ordered into the attack since it occurred outside a branch of the popular school chain located in the posh area of the provincial capital. The school is located opposite Peshawar Sports Complex on Bara Road, hardly 300 metres from the main Saddar Bazaar.


Work on archaeological conservation laboratory begins

MANSEHRA: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) started work on the Rs40 million Archaeological Teaching and Conservation Research Laboratory at the Hazara University on Wednesday.Dr Nasser Ali Khan, member operations and planning of HEC, performed groundbreaking of the laboratory at a ceremony. “The laboratory would play an important role in preservation of precious monuments and archaeological assets in the country,” said Dr Nasser Ali Khan.Vice-Chancellor Hazara University Dr Sakhawat Shah and chairman conservation studies and Chief Archaeological Chemist Safdar Khan also spoke on the occasion.

Chemical-glassware house established in UoP

PESHAWAR: A state-of-the-art chemical-glassware house has been established at the Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Peshawar, for expediting research activities at the centre.Vice-Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Dr Qibla Ayaz on Wednesday inaugurated the chemical and glassware house established at a cost of Rs0.7million.Speaking on the occasion, Director of the Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology Prof Dr Bashir said that the centre was established to impart biotech education through modern medico-engineering techniques. He added that the establishment of the house was to ensure timely supply of necessary research tools and provision of diagnostic facilities.He said chemicals and equipment worth Rs6 million have been provided at the house to facilitate researchers

Exhibition at Peshawar Museum awaits visitors

PESHAWAR: While the clock is ticking, a photo exhibition at the Peshawar Museum has been awaiting visitors as few people have turned up to see the rare photographs of historical heritage sites and buildings put on display there since April 9.


About two and a half dozens large-size photographs of the religious and archaeological heritage sites and structures in Pakistan, which were restored, preserved or excavated with the grant under US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), are on display.


The photographs include those of the historical Mahabat Khan Mosque, Gor Ghatri, Sunehri Masjid, Alamgiri Gate, Wazir Khan Mosque, Sheikhupura Fort in Lahore, Sirkap, Jinnah Wali Dheri, Taxila, Shrines of Khwaja Ghulam Farid, Hafiz Jalaluddin Bukhari, Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar, Hazrat Rajan Qattal, Hazrat Musa Pak Shaheed and Shah Shams Tamraiz at Multan and tomb of Hafiz Muhammad Hayat at Gujrat as well as Maan Singh Haveli in Rohtas Fort.


The restoration, preservation or excavation work of all these 17 projects was completed with the AFCP grant during the period from the years 2001 to 2012.


The five-day exhibition at the Islamic Section of the museum will conclude tomorrow (April 13). However, either due to disinterest or lack of information, the number of visitors could not be termed satisfactory. During a visit to the show on Wednesday, it was observed that just a couple of visitors had turned up to see the show, though an employee at the museum claimed a number of people visited the exhibition yesterday.


The exhibition could attract a large number of visitors keeping in view the importance of the photographs, had the event been properly publicised in the media. The events and exhibitions are not only reminding the people the history of their ancestors but also play a vital role in promoting peace and tolerance in society.


By visiting the exhibition and seeing the photographs, one might get sufficient information about the sites and heritage buildings situated in different parts of the country and their historical and cultural importance.


THE Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore has announced to prepare results of teh Intermediate (Annual) Examination 2012 both manually and through computerised process.


A meeting of BISE Lahore’s Governing Body, chaired by board’s chairman Nasrullah Virk, was held on Wednesday.


It was announced that as per directions of the Punjab government and Judicial Commission, the BISE had decided to prepare result of Intermediate (Annual) Examination 2012 online along with manual system so that corruption in the examination centers might not be committed.


The meeting observed that in order to maintain the confidence and reliability of the candidates as well as their parents, the results would be 100 percent accurate and would be prepared in both forms, i.e. through online and manual systems.


The BISE chairman also directed the Controller of Examinations to make necessary arrangements regarding conduct of Intermediate (Annual) Examination 2012.