Tag: Groups

PU rival groups team up to win ASA elections

LAHORE - For the first time in the Punjab University's (PU) history, two rival groups having completely different ideologies - the Academic Group, consisting of pro-Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and pro-Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT) teachers - and the Academic Forum, consisting of leftist teachers, defeated the Teachers Front (TF), a group consisting of neutral teachers and those supported by the VC, in the Academic Staff Association (ASA) elections held at the varsity.
It was quite

Rights groups urge Spain to probe Guantanamo boss

MADRID - Human rights groups on Friday said they have asked a Spanish judge to subpoena the former US commander of the Guantanamo detention camp to explain his alleged role in the torture of detainees.
The US-based Center for Constitutional Rights and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights asked a judge probing alleged torture at the US naval base in Cuba to question Major General Geoffrey Miller, who ran the centre from November 2002 until April 2004.

Egypt must face ‘sectarian crisis’: rights groups

CAIRO - Egyptian rights groups said on Tuesday the government's mishandling of sectarian rifts in the country created an environment that allowed attacks such as the New Year's Day church bombing.
The attack, in which a suicide bomber apparently detonated his explosives outside a church killing 21 people, led to three days of rioting and clashes between Copts and police.
It came after two years of mounting sectarian tensions that began with the January 2009 killing of six

7 injured in shootout between two groups

ISLAMABAD - Seven people sustained bullet injuries on Saturday in a shootout between two groups in village Karlot in the Bhara Kau Police Station precincts, on the outskirts of the federal capital.
Members of two groups led by Sher Asif and Raja Nasir opened fire on each other, injuring seven people. The dispute arose out of a refusal to a marriage proposal. The injured were taken to PIMS and Federal Government Services Hospital.
Source in PIMS said that two of the injured

Balochistan Assembly parliamentary groups express confidence in Raisani

QUETTA - All parliamentary groups in the Balochistan Assembly (BA) have expressed their complete confidence in the leadership of Chief Minister Aslam Raisani. A meeting of eight parliamentary groups was held at the CM Secretariat on Saturday with Raisani in the chair.
The participants expressed confidence in the performance of the provincial government and reiterated their resolve to continue the struggle for the development of the province and resolution of its problems. The

VESTED INTERESTS – PU groups oppose VC’s ambitions

LAHORE - For the very first time in history, two opponent groups of the Punjab University (PU), the Academic Group (leftist) and the Academic Group (rightist) consisting of pro-Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) teachers, joined hands on the issue of delegation powers to PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran by the varsity syndicate, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The leftists wanted former PU College of Earth and Environmental Sciences principal Dr Iftikhar Baloch's position secured while the

Exams postponed after political groups clash

KARACHI: Anarchy prevailed at the University of Karachi (KU) on Friday after a lingering dispute between two student organisations over invigilation matters turned violent. Exasperated law enforcers moved from one point to another to arrest the student's involved, but failed to arrest a single student involved in the clash.
Among the many wounded, three students have been described as "critically injured" as the violence engulfed several departments in its wake. The KU

Gunmen kidnap 18 Afghan deminers in southeast

GARDEZ: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 18 Afghan deminers on Thursday in southeastern Khost province, the provincial police chief said, the second abduction of a mine clearing team this month.
The group from the Kabul-based Mine Detection Centre were travelling in Musa Khel district when they were stopped by a group of gunmen and then seized, said Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai. "They had gone to the area on the request of the elders to clear mines from their village," Ishaqzai told

Religious groups fight social workers for animal hides on Eid

LAHORE: Besides the traditional festivities and the observance of the sacrifice ritual, this Eidul Azha also witnessed a severe cold war between the religious parties and humanitarian organisations for the collection of animal hide.
According to sources, more than 50 percent of the hides collected were given to religious groups, including banned outfits, which continue to operate in the city despite the fact that the government had announced a zero tolerance policy for the