Gandapur warns he will ‘go to any extent to oust VC from university’ 

D I KHAN/ PESHAWAR    -    The Gomal University administration Tuesday decided the closure of the varsity for indefinite period following the massive protests by students in the campus.

According to a notification issued here, the Gomal University was closed after the university’s syndicate approved the decision in view of mounting escalation in the wake of students’ protests at the campus.

The Syndicate, in its 121st meeting held Tuesday, agreed upon the decision to close the university in line with maintaining law and order across the varsity campus unless the matters are resolved. The students were holding a series of protests against the vice chancellor over the last few days. The VC had got several FIRs registered against the protesting students. The protestors alleged that the higher education commission was not according approval to the health sciences department in the university, putting students’ future at stake.

Meanwhile, Acting Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, who is also the Chancellor of the university, directed Gomal University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad to promptly ensure the assets distribution between the newly established Agriculture University Dera Ismail Khan and Gomal University by September 15.

Keeping in view the prevailing situation in the university, a heavy contingent of police led by DSP Paroa circle Kashif Sattar and University Police SHO Atta Ullah Khan was deployed within and outside the university to avoid any untoward situation. 

According to police spokesman, District Police Officer Najmul Hassnain Liaquat was himself monitoring the situation. The DPO warned that strict action would be taken against those trying to take law into their hands. He said all possible efforts would be made for maintaining peace.

‘Gandapur threatens GU VC of dire consequences’

Amid a rift between Gomal University (GU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iftikhar Ahmad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government over an issue of division of assets between Gomal University and the newly established Agriculture University DI Khan, former federal minister Ali Amin Gandapur allegedly threatened the VC of dire consequences and demanded his immediate resignation.

The GU VC, in a letter, informed the KP governor regarding alleged life threats to him and his family from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and sought his directives. 

The VC also complained to the governor that the ex-federal minister was interfering into in the university’s affairs and provoking students being led by the ex-students as well against him and publicly supporting them by sending them “dinners and sound system for use in the university premises”. The vice chancellor claimed that Gandapur, in a message sent to him on his WhatsApp, asked him to resign while leveling allegations of causing damage to the university and the provincial government. The VC quoted Gandapur saying in the message as, “You are a negative man with no self-respect and integrity. If you want to be by force thrown out of the institution you headed as with respect. 

I request you not to take the things to that level otherwise if I intervened and joined the students against your cruelty on them you will get a lesson. I think you want yourself to be handled accordingly.” Dr Iftikhar claimed that Gandapur had started creating troubles through students in the university by using different means.

Meanwhile, Gandapur in an audio message to the students of Gomal University and people of DI Khan, admitted that there was confrontation between the VC and the provincial government for a long time over the issue of Agriculture University, alleging that the VC was creating hurdles in that regard.

 Gandapur said the Agriculture University was an imperative project of the provincial government having immense importance especially for the D I Khan district, but the VC was intentionally delaying it.

 He admitted that he sent a text message to the VC in his own language to tell him that he was not afraid of any one. He warned that he would go to any extent to oust the VC from the university.

 It may be mentioned that the Gomal University VC and the syndicate have been insisting from the day the provincial cabinet approved the Agriculture University for D I Khan that under the law a sub-campus of the university could be converted to a full-fledged university, but an existing university could not be divided into two different universities by dividing the assets.

 Prof Dr Iftikhar, a leading Pakistani physicist, is among the top two percent scientists in the world ranking released by the Sandford University, United States. The Government of Pakistan has bestowed upon a high civil award in recognition of his scholarly contribution and meritorious services in the field of education.

 He has also served as Vice Chancellor of Abbottabad University of Science and Technology for three years, while his elder brother Prof Dr Habib Ahmad is also a former VC of historic Islamic College University Peshawar.