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Two GC College students sent to Jail for protesting

Two Government College Lahore students were sent to jail on Wednesday after an Anti-Terrosism Court Judge Shabbir Husain Chattha sent both Ravians — Usman Lateef and Haroon Mahmood — behind bars on judicial remand for 14 days. The students were arrested them from their homes on Tuesday midnight for protesting the Government College University (GCU) administration’s ‘wrongdoing’.

The College Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid registered a police report [First Information Report (FIR)] on Tuesday against nine students and some ‘outsiders’ for “unduly gathering outside the GCU premises and creating chaos in the smooth running of the usual educational activities of the university”.

In response, the police booked BS (Honours) students Maher Muhammad Akmal, Shujaat Ali, Muhammad Bilawal Khan, Haroon Mahmood, Muhammad Ali, Usman Lateef, Hasan Sardar, Ali Aslam and Abdul Saboor. Police continues to raid different places across Lahore in search of the remaingn students who are ‘still at large’.

DAWN: These students protested against the university administration for dropping some 125 students of BA/BSc (Honours) session 2007-11 semester-II from university rolls in the third and last week of September.

After protest, the university administration and issued a corrigenda for semester-II as well as semester-I results showing most of the students pass or promoted with conditions ‘First Probation’ or ‘Second Probation’. Since then, the university administration started victimising students as its disciplinary committee issued notices to all students, who had participated in Sept 24 protest outside the Lahore Press Club.

One student, Shaukat Abdul Rehman, appeared before the disciplinary committee along with his father. The committee ordered his rustication. Later, the university registrar asked them to write down an apology as well as apply for migration. Later, Shaukat was issued a migration certificate. After this incident, most of the students did not appear before the disciplinary committee, which according to them, coerced students and their parents and got written apologies, which were used as a proof of their “crime”.

Some of the students nominated in the FIR were freshmen, as they protested against the university administration for striking off some 400 students on the charges of ‘short attendance’. The university record shows the GCU struck off 677 students of intermediate and degree classes


Though the Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Pervaiz Rashid has ordered the varsity administration to get the FIR quashed to say “The government does not consider the varsity’s action in right direction,” but no action has still been taken as yet


18 Comments

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ Injustice in Education is shocking for many, but
    why is it so, when in every walk of life you face
    injustice, come and see in France the muslim students
    with their muslim names are faced with the same
    treatment, purposely withhold their marks. In France
    if your parents, family does’nt protest and ask them to
    given marks he deserved, you are finished.

  • dr.jawwadkhan |

    i think we should change the name of ” PAKISTAN STUDIES”
    to “ANDHER NAGREE CHOPAT RAJ” it will be beneficial for every one.Govt shouldn’t have to publish tons of books.pupil can reduce the wieght and price of books and teacher don’t have to teach any thing. What we have to do is just ask the students to observe and learn from the society.in this way we can prepare a generation which is more intelligent,obedient and highly realistic.
    every one will follow the “ground reality” and era of peace will return.

  • binary-zero |

    if they tried to block the road – they violated the law. There shouldn’t be any 1% compromise on polictics in college which apparently some of these students are trying to do; or we’ll have rough partied like JI and MQM take over places. They needs to be expelled from college immediately and procecuted – let the Judge decide whats right.

  • b*a* |

    people who haven’t undergone such situations have no idea …
    what do u think if you are thrown out of University just because of three absents in any course and two or three years of your life go to waste.
    surely you will do the same thing or even more worse than it.
    blocking traffic, i don’t thing is a big crime in Pakistan. Everyone everywhere is doing that.

    we shouldn’t emphasize too much on giving them punishment rather we should deal them with leniency because they are the guys who are really in pain.

    Laws are made for the betterment of people.i must not appreciate any law that throws young guys on road from their classes on account of such a little mistake.

  • binary-zero |

    i somewhat agree – but trust me i have seen much bigger drop lists and students used to pay and get back in – we don’t need to exhagurate the issue and now a days every cat and dog runs back to media for solving their issues; this should be discouraged within students.

    btw students has been released and law minister is looking how it became a terrorism issue.

  • b*a* |

    i think you don’t know the rules . in GCU when u get struck off .you are dropped from the university for a whole of your life.

  • Silence |

    When injustice and abuse of powers is there to ruin careers, some people decide to become criminals. I did some thing similar in my student life, it was a costly decision but I am proud of it. Sometimes i will write on this blog how I became a ‘criminal’, first time in my life.

    BTW, these times Shahbaz Sharif was the one ordering elemination of whoever stands against state brutality. TODAY he has ordered to release the students. He has learned after his impresionment and a changed person. Time has also changed.

  • guYasir |

    Political parties have spoiled our whole education system by being present in every college and uni.
    They’ve subverted the remnants of our education and we are far behind than others in literacy.
    I can see that civic values are no longer taught in schools; religion, national identity and history are also suppressed. People are distracted by sports, entertainment and trivia, junk food for the soul. There is little honest discussion of our predicament, little effort to educate and uplift.

    THE FRAUDULENT BASIS OF MODERN CULTURE
    There should be a POISON symbol over the doors of our universities, cinemas and art galleries. There should be a similar warning on our TV, music and videos.
    Sounds strange and bizarre must read it full article below after few scroll down u’ll get that article.
    http://www.psychicworld.net/jgsaug04.htm

  • usman |

    mr. binary u shud come n c wats hapenin here in gcu. its easy to speak here jz lyke u doin. v hv askd 4 our ryte n if smbdy dnt givs u ur ryte thn snatch it n never folow cruel n wrong laws. 1 was yazeed n 1 was Hussain R.A. i think u should understand what i want to say.

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ Silence,

    you do’nt have to tell us how you became
    criminal !! we can see that on this blog !!

    Student must respect the College’s administration,
    The Nation, The Nastionality, The Flag, The religion,
    and others fellow students and the Profs.

  • maher muhammad akmal |

    binary zero if ur brother_SISTER_DAUGHTER_SON GET 78 PERCENT MARKS AND EXPELLED FRM GCU THAN WHT TO DO?I WL W8TNG UR REPLY ON MY NUMBER 0332-4782235

  • binary-zero |

    @maher –

    well it happened , my brother got admission in bachelor CS in initial list but was dropped in second even though he had the highest marks – what did we do ? changed the university. simple is that.

  • maher akmal |

    ur brother not eligible for GCU LHR THATS UR PRB. HE IS ONLY ONE BT HERE 600 STUDENTS STUCK OFF DUE TO SHORTAGE OF ATTANCE EVEN THEN UR RELATIVES DIED<R U AGREE WCH IS TRUE?IF YES THAN REASON I AGAINST TAHT RULE

  • rockerdude |

    Only a student of GCU can give you some real perspective of whats happening. The GCU administration is very strict, nay, brutal towards students. None of its rules are followed in any international university. GCU imposes fines and even expels students for the darnest things. Most universities dont even take notice of such trivial matters. Why cant GCU be more like PU?

    I feel like I am living in a jail am thinking of leaving already.