Recovery of VC Ajmal Khan: University teachers observe Black Day in Islamabad

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In Islamabad,  capital of Pakistan, teachers of Quaid-i-Azam University observed Black Day here on Friday on the call of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations.
The day was observed to protest against gruesome murder of Dr Farooq Khan and for early release of Dr Ajmal Khan, Vice-Chancellor of Islamia College University, Peshawar.
The teachers wore black armbands while many boycotted classes.
Dr Eatzaz Ahmad, President, and Dr Gulraiz Akhter, Secretary, ASA, expressed their dismay and frustration over the attitude of authorities, which miserably failed to trace out Dr Ajmal Khan. They condemned the attitude of the government especially the chancellor of the Islamia College University, who is the governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Dr Gulraiz Akhter said that academicians are performing a noble cause and kidnapping them in broad daylight without any reason was against the values and norms of any society or region of the country including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He urged the authorities to make necessary arrangements to ensure security of the teaching community in vulnerable areas. He lamented that the government is not doing any thing for his release and the HEC is also showing a criminal silence. He said that the university teachers and the vice chancellors seem to be not secure. He said that the government should provide such type of security to all the VCs which it was providing to the ministers. He said that due to the government’s attitude the teachers of all public-sector universities in KP are on strike for the last five days.
Dr Eatzaz Ahmad asked the federal as well as the provincial governments to take the issue of kidnapping of the vice chancellor seriously and employ all resources for the recovery of Dr Ajmal Khan before Eidul Azha. He appealed to the president and prime minister and governor and chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to ensure safety and security of academicians.
They also expressed complete solidarity with the teaching community of Islamia College University, Peshawar, and urged the authorities especially KP government to take serious measures and provide protection to teaching community.
Meanwhile, teachers of Allama Iqbal Open University observed the black day by displaying banners with slogans of ëProtest, protest, protest,í and put black ribbons on the arms to show solidarity with Dr Ajmal and KP-chapter of Fapuasa.
Speaking on the occasion, ASA President Dr Iqbal Shah said that university teachers feel insecure under the democratic government and I am not sure if I will be with my children or not at night. How can we perform our duties under these circumstances, he asked.
Prof Zahid Majeed, the General Secretary, said that the university teachers are united and if anyone tried to harm them, they will show strong reaction. He said that Fapuasa has asked the government to do whatever effort it can do to recover the kidnapped VC. He said that safety of faculty should be a top priority of the government. He said that we do not want bullet-proof cars but fear-free teaching environment.
The ASA Executive Body decided to fully back Fapuasa and passed a resolution that if Prof Ajmal was not released within a week, the government should prepare itself to face strong protest from the university teachers.
Meanwhile, teachers body at National University of Modern Languages also observed the day by wearing black bands and executive council of ASA passing a resolution against abduction of the VC.

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