Peshawar University Suspended Teacher Complains About Life Threats

PESHAWAR: A suspended teacher of the University of Peshawar has written to the Commandant, Campus Police Station, that he was receiving life threats after having accused the Vice Chancellor of plagiarism. Muhammad Zubair, an Assistant Professor at the Law College, University of Peshawar, wrote that his complaint was in continuation of an earlier one that he made on May 24, 2011 and charged the Vice Chancellor Dr Azmat Hayat Khan, Ahmad Ali Ajez who is an Assistant Professor at the Pashto Department and the university registrar for instigating 20 to 30 students for physically attacking him on that day in the Law College. He said he was also facing threats to his life from unknown callers who had asked him to leave Peshawar within 24 to 48 hours or else be prepared ready for death. He complained that his younger brother Mohammad Uzair, Assistant Registrar, Quality Enhancement Cell, University of Peshawar, was recently chased by an unknown man riding a car. In his new complaint to the Commandant, Campus Police Station, on June 6, he said the university vice-chancellor should be held responsible if there was any harm to him or any member of his family. Zubair in his complaint said: “Please note that I have exposed the plagiarism of the Vice Chancellor before the competent authorities. In retaliation, he has suspended me from service, charge-sheeted me on baseless allegations, tried to suspend my LLM degree, used students to intimidate and physically attack me, ran a campaign of my character assassination on Facebook and other social networks, committed my defamation through planting false stories in print media and now threatening me with violence against my person or that of my family members.” He said he had no faith in the past or any future inquiry by the university administration and, therefore, wanted the police to proceed on his complaints. When contacted earlier regarding Zubair’s case, Vice-Chancellor Dr Azmat Hayat showed reluctance to comment on the issue. However, he said: “The whole matter is propaganda and a conspiracy being hatched by a specific teachers’ group against me.” He added that the high court had already stopped further discussion on the issue. Officials at the University of Peshawar had defended the Vice-Chancellor against the charges of plagiarism and termed Zubair’s allegations baseless. However, Zubair insisted that Dr Azmat Hayat was guilty of plagiarism while writing his book on the Durand Line and demanded that the issue should be probed. Bushra Gohar, an MNA from the ruling Awami National Party, had raised the plagiarism issue agitated by Muhammad Zubair against the Vice-Chancellor twice on the floor of the assembly. She complained against the Higher Education Commission, which she said was avoiding giving finding on the issue. “I think we should all call for high-level independent inquiry rather than getting involved in the vicious allegations and counter-allegations that are taking rounds,” she said. “The report of such an independent commission should be made public and action taken as per law,” she added.The news.

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