University’s former students to join faculty, pupils in protest

QAU land occupation

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Academic Staff Association, Employees Welfare Associations, civil society and students have announced to stage peaceful protest against the illegal occupation of QAU land on December 8, 2016 in front of Press Club. The office-bearers of the alumni association have already started holding meetings with federal cabinet members, parliamentarians and senior government officials over increasing incidents of encroachment at the university’s land.
According to QAU Alumni Association’s General Secretary Murtaza Noor all the old students of QAU have unanimous views that no encroachment at their alma mater would be acceptable.
“We would utilize every possible option in this regard and take up this important issue at all the relevant forums,” he added. He further said that it was quite misfortunate that when Pakistan`s leading federal higher education institution was celebrating its 50th anniversary, it is being subjected to such treatment and has been left at the mercy of land mafia to grab its land.
The old QAU students, QAU faculty, employees, administration and present students are really concerned about the fact that various encroachers have encroached upon over 200 acres of the university’s land, worth billions of rupees he said. The varsity currently has 1,507 acres land out of the 1,709 acres allotted to it by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and CDA has also failed to demarcate the land in spite of repeated requests by the QAU administration.
Due to negligence on the part of the relevant institutions, influential land mafia has occupied QAU land. He also assured support and cooperation to QAU administration in this regard. He also appealed to the President of Pakistan and federal government for strict action against land mafia who has illegally occupied precious land of top ranked university of Pakistan. Following the international best practices in higher education sector, QAU should be declared a flagship institution along with announcement of special bailout package to overcome its financial constraints.
It is pertinent to mention here that last month President Mamnoon Hussain had directed the relevant departments to retrieve Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) land encroached by the land mafia.
The President, who is also Chancellor of the University, issued these directives on the request of the university authorities. According to sources, the President was annoyed when learnt that hundreds of acres of precious land of Quiad-e-Azam University has been encroached by land mafia.
Sources said that President has issued directives to the Law Division and Ministry of Higher Education to arrange demarcation of university land without further delay.

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