Senate body dissatisfied over implementation status of IIU inquiry report

Committee recommends system for safety, security of students in university

ISLAMABAD   -  Senate sub-committee on Federal Education and Professional Training (FEPT) on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over implementation status of the inquiry report of the International Islamic University (IIU) murder case. 

The committee found contradictions in the report prepared, disposed of the matter and recommended a system for the safety and security of students in the university. The committee also recommended setting up of an inquiry body to curb unions’ activities in the university.

A meeting of the sub-committee was held here to probe the implementation status of the findings of the inquiry committee constituted by the International Islamic University (IIU) to investigate the murder and rape of two students in separate incidents in campus.

Senator Eng Rukhsana Zuberi convened FEPT sub-committee meeting which was attended by Senator Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary and Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, who was a special invitee, Senior officials of the ministry of FEPT, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and faculty, staff and students of the International Islamic University.  The Rector of the University was also present at the meeting.

After listening to all stakeholders, the sub-committee disposed off the matter. A report of the findings of the sub-committee will be presented to the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education.

The committee, while deliberating over the matter, identified numerous loop holes and contradiction in the report and showed its dissatisfaction on implementation of findings of the committee constituted by the International Islamic University. 

The sub-committee recommended that a system should be developed which should strengthen and ensure the safety and security of students in universities.

Furthermore, it was asserted that it was job of the university to ensure that justice prevails and that those involved in unruly activities are taken to task.  The committee took strong notice of the recommendation of the inquiry committee constituted by the International Islamic University to curb union activities and student politics in campus.  

During discussion on the issue of murder of a student, the committee directed that strong disciplinary action must be taken against perpetrators of such crimes and those involved in the matter.  

Convener committee, Senator Eng Rukhsana Zuberi recommended the HEC that a 24/7 helpline service should be developed to address grievances of faculty and students in different universities.  

She said the meeting was on an important subject due to the fact that the incidents took away from victims the right to life and dignity.  Such violations cannot be condoned, she added. 

During discussion, the case of Dr Mushtaq, surfaced before the committee and the committee was informed that he has been suspended from the service. A detailed discussion was held on the issue of his suspension. 

The committee recommended the university to resolve his issue amicably and reinstate him. Moreover, the sub-committee recommended that in order to lessen grievances of victim families, the university must reach out to them and send a delegation to assure them for the justice.

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