Joint action committee vows to protect QAU land

Zubair Qureshi

In order to protect the Quaid-i-Azam University’s (QAU) land and to build pressure on the authorities, CDA and the Interior Ministry former students of the university and various staff associations have announced a joint action committee which will keep raising the voice for demarcation and fencing of the university land.
QAU Alumni Association, Academic Staff Association, Employees Welfare Associations have formed this action committee which will comprise Alumni Association, President Academic Staff Association QAU, President/Representative Officer Welfare Association QAU, President/Representative Employees Welfare Association and some senior staff members and office-bearers like Prof Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah, Dr Murtaza Mughal, Dr Anwar Iqbal, Dr Waheed Ch, Rasheed Khalid, Farzana Altaf Shah , Azizul Haq Nishtar , Dr Sajid Mahmood Awan, Salman Ali, Ch Riaz, Ch Wajhat Latif. Two student representatives are also on the committee.
The committee would also approach other member and colleagues, institutions and universities to make a bigger alliance.
These decisions were made during the first meeting of the Action Committee at QAU campus under the chairmanship of Sikandar Ahmed Rai President QAU Alumni Association. According to joint declaration released after the meeting, the committee members unanimously resolved to undertake collaborative efforts to protect the top ranked university of Pakistan from land mafia. The committee members showed serious concerns that due to more than five hundred million rupees annual deficit and non-approval of mega PC-1, QAU is facing a lot of problems even being ranked as top Pakistani university in various international and national ranking.
Due to financial constraints, the university could not hire faculty members against the 165 vacant slots. The committee formed two sub-committees under the chairmanship of senior lawyer Azizul Haq Nishtar and Dr Murtaza Mughal.
These committees would deliberate over legal aspect as well as mobilize media and other stakeholders. The committee members also resolved to continue their struggle till resolution of the problems. According to Secretary General QAU Alumni Association, in view of suggestions by the senior alumni members and after consultations with the stakeholders, joint committee has been formed to get the problems resolved being faced by Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad including non-demarcation and end of illegal encroachments over QAU land.
On Dec 8 last, a rally was held by the staff and employees associations of the QAU, from the national press club to F-6 Chowk chanting slogans against the land mafia that has grabbed the university’s hundreds of acres. An office-bearer of the university’s Alumni Association while speaking on the occasion said all the old students of the QAU call for end to land encroachment of their alma mater. They would never accept this, he said.

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