IJT organises book fair on footpath

LAHORE - Islami Jamiat Tulaba organised the book fair according to its programme Tuesday at the footpath on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam opposite to the PU Old Campus in protest following the suspension of academic activities of the university for three days. The IJT also displayed banners and posters carrying slogans against restriction on the book fair. A heavy police contingent cordoned off the book fair. PU IJT nazim Zahid Naveed, PU ASA president Dr Mumtaz Salik, Hafiz Salman Butt and IJT Pakistan nazim Attique-ur-Rehman jointly inaugurated the fair. At this occasion a large number of students gathered who also chanted slogans against the PU administration. They demanded immediate restoration of normal academic activities. Speaking on the occasion Salman Butt said the restriction was imposed on the instance of Governor Punjab. As many as 15 bookstalls were set up at the fair. The IJT nazim Zahid Naveed announced to organise a book march today (Wednesday) at Old Campus and Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam to press the demand to hold the book fair. He said he had requested the PU administration to form a teachers and students committee to thrash out programme to hold the book fair and to conduct audit of the money spent in the fair but they gave no response. Instead they threatened us. He said the matter could be settled by talks while students were prepared to show flexibility to avoid any conflict, which would put the students in trouble, particularly the girls residing in hostels. Meanwhile the administrative and teaching staff attended the university on Tuesday following the decision to keep the academic activities as usual. However, the attendance was thin as the staff had gone outstations since Sunday last. The police continued to guard the campus and the hostels on Tuesday. The PU security personnel also guarded the campus and nobody was allowed to move without identification. Meanwhile university's students adviser and spokesman Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori has condemned a statement wrongly attributed to the former presidents of university students' union published in a section of press terming it as 'fake and immoral'. He said that the decision to restrict the holding of book fair and closure of university for four days was taken after 10 hour deliberations and contacts with law enforcing agencies at a meeting of a special committee chaired by Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch. This committee was constituted by the deans committee under the chairmanship of Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Azhar Ikram. Dr Mansoori has appealed to the politicians who are supporting IJT from outside the university that they should use the IJT for a national cause. PU to hold Shah Hussain moot today Punjab University's Department of Punjabi will organise 'Shah Hussain' seminar on Wednesday (today) at 10:00 am in the Sherani Hall of Oriental College, Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus. PU Faculty of Oriental Learning Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar will preside over the seminar. Dr Muhammad Amin from Multan University, Dr Rashid Mateen from Higher Education Commission and Dr Nabila Rehman from PU Punjabi Department will present their research papers on the occasion. Iqbal Bahu will present Soofiyana Kalam of Hazrat Shah Hussain and Saleem Kashir and Khalid will pay tribute through their poems on the occasion.  Faculty members and a large number of students will also attend the seminar. Meanwhile, on Thursday (tomorrow) the department will organise a 'Mefil-e-Mushaira' at 7:00 pm. Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest on the occasion. In Mushaira, Manjit Indra, Gurbajan FGill, Indir Jeet Hassan Puri, Shanti Kant Opal and including others from India will participate and from Pakistan Dr Inam-ul-Haq Javed, Zahid Fakhri, Kaleem Shahzad, Saleem Kashir, Talib Jatoi, Zahid Hammad, Tajammal Kaleem, Maryam Ramzan, Soofia Bedar, Dr Naheed, Abbas Najmi, Mudassar Iqbal Butt, Dr Zia-ul-Hassan and others will participate. Punjabi Department Chairman Prof Dr Asmatullah Zahid has said Punjabi is the largest language of Punjab province and the conduct of literary seminars, mushairas and lectures is must to promote the language among people.