Islamabad:March 02:Participants of two-day annual general meeting of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations has urged the Sindh government to solve Sindh University problems promptly otherwise the federation will give a countrywide strike call.
Speaking at the inaugural session of FAPUASA held at HEC Guest House here Wednesday, they demanded immediate removal of Dr. Nazir Mughal, Vice-Chancellor, Sindh University, and unconditional reinstatement of its sacked faculty members.
The meeting was attended by presidents and general secretaries of ASAs of most of the public-sector universities in the civil sector. Dr. Irfana Mallah, General-Secretary of Sindh University Teachers Association, who has been sacked by the SU now headed by a female VC, was the only female participant.
Dr. Mallah said: “We in Sindh perceived that we are in a black-hole and other universities did not know about our ordeal.” She said that criminal cases were lodged against teachers on the behest of the VC and said that she was attending this meeting on bail.
One member said that Dr. Mallah was dismissed under 1971 University Act, which was later replaced by 1973 Act, which means the action itself was a illegal. The teachers in SU were dismissed after the Sindh SUTA protested against the gory murder of Professor Bashir Ahmad Channer, which led to 52-day strike and rallies in Sindhi universities.
The participants strongly condemned the gruesome murder and demanded reinstatement of the sacked faculty members and removal of SU VC, who is on forced leave. One member said that Governor’s Committee has paralysed all statutory bodies of universities in Sindh and is working under instructions from Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq.
Professor Fida Muhammad Khan, President, FAPUASA, said that governor utterly failed in addressing the issue after the murder and should not remain as chancellor of Sindh University because of his failure. The governor even did not bother to meet the representatives of the teachers.
He lamented that Higher Education Commission has yet not increased the MPhil and PhD allowance at par with Punjab University. He said that the federation has become a strong forum due to unity and dedication of faculty across the country. He said that now even Higher Education Commission recognises its importance and credibility. He also expressed dismay and anguish that Professor Ajmal Khan was not recovered despite a passage of more than a year.
Professor Fida hoped that the federation will flourish and have a bright future for which unity, dedication and struggle is required. Professor Kaleemullah Bareech, vice-president, said that they also condemn HEC for its apathy, which did nothing during the two-month crisis.The news.