Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, Thursday announced to end the province-wide strike against the kidnapping of Ajmal Khan in the public sector universities from Monday.
Addressing a press conference after chairing a meeting of the association at Islamia College University, Prof Dr Fida, provincial president of FAPUASA, said: “We are partially satisfied with the government efforts for the early and safe release of Ajmal Khan and his driver. It seems the government is serious to some extent in the case.”
When asked why they are not resuming the academic activities from Friday, the president said they were not bound to follow the decision of the vice-chancellors. “We are not satisfied with the decisions taken by the vice-chancellors in their meeting,” he added.
The vice-chancellors of all the government-run universities on November 22 decided to reopen the educational institutions from Friday (today). He said the teacher community received a number of phone calls from students and parents to resume the academic activities and that was one of the major reasons that the association had decided to call off the strike.
However, he added that they had given time to the government and would call the meeting of the association after two weeks. “All the academic staff as well as vice-chancellors will wear black armbands to register protest,” he said. Dr Fida said they had informed the federal cabinet of the association about the decision.
Asked about any pressure from the government to call off the strike, the FAPUASA president said there was no pressure and even if there were pressure it won’t be accepted.It was learnt that in the meeting the participants criticised the indifferent attitude of the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said that if any harm came to Ajmal Khan and his driver, the governor would be held responsible.
Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University, along with his driver, was kidnapped on September 7 when he was on his way to office. The teachers on November 7 announced boycott of all academic activities in government-run universities of the province.
The vice-chancellors of the public sector universities in their meeting on November 8 decided that academic activities including examinations, admissions, job tests and interviews would be suspended for an indefinite period.
(TheNews Published on November 26, 2010)