Karachi port is the main gateway for Western military supplies bound for Afghanistan and serious insecurity could disrupt shipments and pile pressure on the government.

While the violence has been confined to targeted tit-for-tat shootings, there are fears street clashes could erupt in the country's commercial hub, which is home to its main port and financial markets.

The country's main stock exchange has ignored the violence but analysts say any escalation is likely to hurt the fragile market.

The violence in the city of 16 million people is between Karachi's dominant political force, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and a breakaway faction known as the Mohajir Qaumi Movement, or Haqiqi group, as they vie for influence.

Karachi police chief Waseem Ahmed told Reuters that 26 people had been killed in targeted attacks this month up to Sunday, with most of the dead members of the breakaway faction. Other police officials said five people were killed on Monday.

"Karachi is totally anarchic at the moment as there is a serious command and control problem in the political factions," said Mutahir Ahmed, a professor of international relations at the University of Karachi.

Stock analysts say investors are getting used to daily violence in the northwest, although fighting in the Swat valley northwest of Islamabad has unnerved the market over recent weeks.

But violence in Karachi has a more direct impact.

"If the trouble escalates, that could potentially be the last nail in the coffin for our market," said Sajid Bhanji, a dealer at brokers Arif Habib Ltd.

The index, which has gained about 18 percent this year after losing 58.3 percent in 2008, was slightly up on Monday morning.

KARACHI: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sindh, with the collaboration of intelligence agencies, has foiled a terrorist plot and arrested seven terrorists, including six suicide bombers belonging to the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), here on Sunday.

The police have recovered three suicide jackets, explosive material, Kalashnikovs, TT pistols, gas masks, heroin, remote control devices, batteries, ball-bearings, electric wires and hundreds of rounds. SSP Muhammad Fayyaz Khan said the CID had received information about the presence of some terrorists in Karachi who were hiding in a house situated in Defence View.The CID, along with personnel of intelligence agencies, conducted a raid late on Saturday night at the house and arrested Mohammed Aziz alias Salman Amir, Mohammed Shahzad alias Pehlwan alias Muna alias Ustad, Ghulam Mohammed alias Umar, Shahbaz alias Mian, Khalid Ahmed Toori (brother of Qasim Toori), Alam Zaib alias Huzefa and Shakeel Ahmed alias Hunzeela.

During a search operation, three suicide jackets, 15 kilogramme of explosives material, four Kalashnikovs, four TT pistols, two gasmasks, two kilogramme of heroin, four electronic remote controls use in bomb blasts, four batteries used in suicide jackets, more than five kilogramme of ball-bearings, electric water of different types and over 200 rounds were recovered. The accused were taken to the investigation unit of the CID.

During the investigation, the accused disclosed that their accomplices were present in Waziristan and Chaman. They were sent to Karachi for fund generation and terrorist acts on government and military installations and officers.

Recently, a huge consignment of arms and explosives, transported by their groups to Karachi for terrorist acts, was recovered by the police in a raid. The suspects disclosed that they had been trying to export heroin to South Africa.

It was further disclosed that they had agents in Malaysia, Singapore, China, United Arab Emirates, Europe and the US, and they use to export heroin to these countries in the form of capsules and through other methods.

The terrorists informed the investigators that a part of the money they collect through the sale of heroin in Karachi was being sent to Taliban Commander Maulvi Abdul Samad in Quetta, Gul Badin in Chaman while the remaining amount was given to the families of their arrested activists.

It was disclosed that they were trained at a camp in South Waziristan and Afghanistan. Khalil Ahmed Toori is the brother of Qasim Toori (Amir of Jundullah) while accused Shahzad alias Muna alias Pehlwan is an expert in making suicide jackets and bombs. He was also involved in attempts on former president Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz.

Hyderabad: In a clash between two student groups at the Sindh University campus in Jamshoro, at least seven students received injuries and were hospitalised in Jamshoro branch of the LUMHS on Tuesday.

According to reports, war of words was going on between the two student groups belonging to two different parties for the last few days which triggered violence on Tuesday and both the groups restored to heavy aerial firing in the arts faculty.

Sticks and iron rods were freely used in the ensuing clash as a result of which Abdur Rehman Rajar, Shoaib Pathan, Abdul Khaliq Chandio, Mohammad Ali Shah, Ayaz Ahmed, Shahzad Ali and another student were injured.
Jamshoro police registered a case on the complaint of Abdur Rehman Rajar against ten students. The nominated accused included Majeed Khoso, Ali Shaikh, Habib Soomro and Noor Burdi. The situation at the campus is tense.

Meanwhile, an outsider identified as Irshad Arain was caught by the students at Lal Shahbaz boys hostel and recovered a pistol from his possession. He was handed over to the law enforcement agencies. No case was registered against him so far.

MUET: The activists of Jeay Sindeh Students Federation (A) boycotted classes in the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in protest against the removal of a photograph of their slain colleague, Asadullah Abbasi, from the electronic department of the university.

Reports said that after the recent murder of Asad Abbasi, his photographs were displayed in all the departments. However, on Tuesday morning someone removed his photograph from the electronic department and destroyed it which led to boycott of classes by the students of some departments.

The JSSF-A activists staged a sit-in outside the administration block. They raised slogans demanding the arrest of the miscreants and the killers of Asadullah Abbasi.

The students welfare officer, Ghazi Pariyar met with the protesting students and assured that efforts would be made to identify those miscreants who had removed the photograph of late Asad Abbasi.

Our Khairpur correspondent adds: Two students of Shah Abdul Latif University were injured in a clash between two groups of students in a point bus of the university here on Tuesday.

Reports said that when a point bus from Pano Aqil reached near Therhi stop in the jurisdiction of Babarloi police station, some students tried to embark the point-bus.

A clash took place between two groups of students as a result of which two students namely Asadullah Kalwar and Sikandar Soomro were injured.

The university administration was informed about the incident and the point-bus was taken to the university.

The injured students were provided first-aid at university dispensary and were sent back to homes. No case was registered till filing of this report. Dawn

Islamabad: People across the country will celebrate International Literacy Day on September 08 with special focus on literacy needs.This year, literacy day activities will put spot light on the empowering role of literacy and its importance for participation, citizenship and social development.Public and private departments will mark the day with seminars, workshops and conferences to highlight the importance of literacy.

National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in collaboration with Ministry of Education and UNESCO will hold a grand seminar on the day, an official of NCHD said.

This day carries a greater significance for the society and calls attention to initiate the global efforts for promotion of literacy and education.NCHD in coordination with other organizations arranges literacy seminar every year to mark the day, he said.

According to an estimate, 860 million of the world's adults do not know how to read or write (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) and that more than 100 million children lack access to education.

Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for all - children, youth and adults - is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target.

September 08 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. App

Lahore: About 0.15 million students, the highest after Intermediate groups in general education, opted for admission in the Polytechnic Institutes and Colleges of Technology in the Punjab province this year.

The students with less merit who do not get admission in the colleges get admission in the polytechnic institutes where the merit ranged from 500 marks to 600.

The most popular is the three-year Diploma of Associate Engineer (DAE) in Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering.

The parents from less privileged class prefer to send their children for these courses in Polytechnics.

The C.Com and D.Com in Polytechnic Institutes equal to Intermediate are also popular among the students who wanted to do their B.Com-IT and M.Com.

All these examinations are conducted by the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE).

The admissions in Polytechnic Institutes ended on August 31st where classes too will start from September 1 (today).

According to an estimate some one lakh children were admitted in 200 Polytechnic Institutes and 40 Colleges of Technology in the Province and Azad Kashmir, majority of them enrolled in DAE. The merit this year was high and the administration had to admit majority students in second shift.

As many as 50,000 students were admitted in C.Com and D.Com equivalent to Intermediate in commerce group at the Polytechnic Institutes and some 25,000 in B.Tech. As many as 10,000 students were admitted in other technical and vocational courses of six months to one year duration.

This is in addition to the students admitted in TEVTA institutions whose examination is conducted by TEVTA itself.

Some of the private institutions offering C.Com and D.Com have obtained affiliation from the Multan Board and universities other than the Punjab University for their graduate programmes. A well number of students took admission in computer courses ACCA, CAT, CFA, CIMA etc

The admission trend reflect the desire of Pakistani youth to acquire higher education despite the inflated fee and hard hitting economic conditions. Meanwhile, a fair number of Matriculates desire to search jobs in govt and non-govt organisations, Army, Air force and police establishment according to their eligibility. The nation

Islamabad: The daily-wage teachers have appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take up the case of regularisation of their services in the Supreme Court as the case was witnessing enormous delay due to the scarcity of judges in the Lahore High Court's Rawalpindi Bench.

The case was being heard, earlier, in Islamabad High Court (IHC) but after its abolition by the Supreme Court in its July 31 verdict, it was transferred to the LHC's Rawalpindi bench. The contempt of court case on non-implementation of court orders in 2008 in writ petition 2019/2006 was in its last stages and the teachers were expecting the decision in their favour but the transfer of the case left its fate hanging in the balance.The teachers lamented that as the case has been left in abeyance they have no platform where their demands could be heard thus the officials of the ministry has been given free hand to exploit the teachers.

On the media reports that the summary to regularise the teachers working on daily wages has been forwarded to the prime minister, the teacher remarked, "Such claims by the ministry officials use to appear in the media on and off but practically things have not been changed and we have not been informed officially".

They also appealed to ensure the implementation of Islamabad High Court orders in which the court on April 2, 2008 had directed the ministry "to consider the qualified teachers for regularization irrespective of their categorization, ad hoc, on daily wages or on contract basis taking into consideration their pervious length of services against regular posts at earliest opportunity available".

Fearing that they would be victimised during the regularisation process by the directorate officials, they have demanded that the regularisation should be made on the basis of their efficiency report and selection should be based on the performance results of teachers.

Its pertinent to mention here that Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani had directed the officials of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) either to pay the salaries to the teachers or not to get funds from the students during two-month long summer vacation. The vacation has been ended but they were not given salaries.

More than 500 teachers of 19 model colleges in the Federal Capital work on daily wages. Despite that they have been working for years and many of them have spent 10 to 17 years of their lives in these institutions yet their services have not been regularised by the Ministry of Education.

The Islamabad High Court has also issued a stay order, stopping the Ministry of Education and Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) from any fresh recruitment in Islamabad Model Colleges. The nation

Karachi: The process of admissions to the first year classes in government sector colleges in Karachi is proceeding in a smooth manner, and academic activities would commence after Eid-ul-Fitr.

This was stated by the Director General Colleges Prof. Dr Rafiq Ahmed Siddiqui.

Siddiqui pointed out that the last date for submission of admission forms expired on August 29, after it was extended twice. He also informed that the total forms that have been received are more than 81,000, out of a total of 93,000 sold at 50 designated branches of Bank Al-Habib in the metropolis.He said that faculty-wise lists of the successful candidates would be announced from September 3.

The list of the Computers and Home Economics faculties would be notified first and then of the remaining faculties after a gap of two to three days.

Siddiqui said that there are sufficient numbers of seats in the 124 government sector colleges in the metropolis and that no eligible candidate would be denied admission. He was of the view that there has been no delay in the process of admission despite of late issuance of marks sheets to many of the candidates by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK).

Prof. Siddiqui said that those whose names would appear in the list of successful candidates would have to seek admission within a seven days' period.

The process of teaching of the new entrants is expected to commence after Eid-ul-Fitr, he said. The news

Rawalpindi: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has allocated Rs900 million to the city district government for opening seven educational institutions in Rawalpindi and its surrounding areas.

Director of Education (Colleges), Rawalpindi Division, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf said that the Punjab chief minister has already released the amount allocated to the Punjab Education Department for opening seven educational institutions in Rawalpindi city and its adjacent areas.

The previous government had opened number of schools and colleges for girls in Rawalpindi, however, no attention paid on boys' institutions, which were otherwise necessary, stated Dr. Ashraf.

However, under the directions of the chief minister, both opposition leader in National Assembly Ch. Nisar Ali Khan and MNA Hanif Abbasi are working on boys colleges. Out of the total seven new colleges, four would be for boys and three for girls. All the seven institutions would be degree colleges, he said.

The new degree colleges for boys will be opened in Rehmatabad, Dhoke Syedan, Chakri, Chak Beli Khan, Murree etc. The girls' degree colleges have been completed in Rehmatabad, Dhoke Syedan and Chak Beli Khan. While construction work on boys colleges in these areas has been initiated and will be completed in 12 to 18 months, he said.

The education director admitted that due to meagre number of boys' colleges in Rawalpindi, the students passing Matric could not get admission and approach the private colleges. At present only four boys colleges are functioning in Rawalpindi including Asghar Mall Post Graduate College, Satellite Town Degree College, Hashmat Ali Degree College and Gordon College.

The last boys' college opened in Rawalpindi some 40 years ago was Satellite Town Degree College. After that no concerned authority paid attention to promote boys education at higher level, said Dr. Ashraf.

Besides opening of new boys and girls' colleges, the Punjab government has allocated special grants to Satellite Town Women College, Viqar un Nisa College, Girls College in Muslim Town.

Apart from this a new building of Hashmat Ali Degree College is being constructed to accommodate more and more students. With the completion of these projects, the admission problem in colleges would be resolved by 80 per cent, he claimed.

When contacted, MNA Hanif Abbasi said that in his constituency, NA-56 Rehmatabad, one college each for boys and girls would be opened. The opening of boys' college in this locality was necessary. The news

Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) committees are likely to present their final reports on the plagiarism case against Professor Dr Suhail Aftab Qureshi of the Electrical Engineering Department. The UET spokesman said on Tuesday that UET's syndicate had formed a special committee to probe the matter.

The HEC is also investigating whether Teaching Staff Association President Professor Qureshi plagiarised three research papers and some MSc theses. Answering a question, the spokesman said he was unable to confirm any aspect of the case until the investigation committees present their findings. app

30,000 fresh graduates to be inducted under NIP
Islamabad, Sep 02: To create skilled youth pool in the country, Ministry of Youth Affairs (MoYA) would induct 30,000 fresh graduates under its National Internship Programme (NIP).

The applications for induction of new interns will be invited through electronic and print media this week.

The unemployed graduates and post-graduates, below the age of 25 are eligible to apply for the internship. The candidates will be appointed after complete verification of their documents from Nadra.
The ministry is working on a comprehensive plan to train the skilled youth so that they can play their role in the development of the country, the official said.

The scheme is aimed at providing financial relief to the fresh graduates and engaging in acquiring additional knowledge and real life work experience.

The project of "Economic Empowerment of Youth" of the ministry would help harness potential of the young educated generation toward the right direction by training programmes and internships.

The ministry has already provided employment opportunities to around 25,000 young graduates through internship programme.

The sources said that the unemployed post-graduates and graduates who have completed 16 years of formal education in any discipline from HEC recognized universities and colleges including external candidates will be appointed for one year with stipend of Rs10,000 per month. After successful completion of one-year internship, interns will be awarded NIP experience certificate.

The ministry is also working to increase coordination among skill development institutes to run youth programmes effectively, he informed. The news

Girls are wiser than boys, reveals survey
Peshawar, Aug 02: Girls are believed to be wiser then boys revealed in a survey. According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, majority of Pakistanis (41%) believe girls are more intelligent than boys studying in the same class. Nineteen percent (19%) consider boys more intelligent while 35% of the respondents said they both are equal.

Five percent (5%) were unsure or gave no response. Interestingly both men and women respondents agree that girls are wiser than boys, 44% of women believe girls are wiser and 38% of men believer girls are wiser. However when it comes to boys there is a minor gender bias, only 15% of women believe boys are wiser compared with 23% of men who hold this view. A third of both men and women, around 35%, refuse to make a distinction and believe boys and girls are equally wise or unwise. A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked "In your opinion, which is wiser amongst boys and girls studying in the same class?" Forty one percent (41%) claimed girls are wiser, while 19% consider boys to be smarter.

A significant 35% of the respondents believe both boys and girls are equally intelligent and 5% were unsure or gave no response.

Interestingly majority of both men and women respondents agree those girls are wiser than boys, 44% of women believe girls are wiser and 38% of men believer girls are wiser. However when it comes to boys there is a minor gender bias, only 15% of women believe boys are wiser compared with 23% of men who hold this view. A third of both men and women, around 35%, refuse to make a distinction and believe boys and girls are equally wise or unwise.

The study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of 2650 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. F.P report

AAUR admission tests on Sept 3
Rawalpindi, Sep 02: The entry tests for admission in various disciplines at the Arid Agriculture University for new academic session will be held here on Thursday. Some 11,000 applicants would appear in the entry tests to be held under the auspices of the University. The university administration has advised the applicants to follow the procedure strictly to avoid any inconvenience. The classes for the new academic session would start on September 28.
KU extends last date for submission of forms
Karachi, Sep 02: University of Karachi has extended the date of submission for examination forms and fees of B.A./B.Sc. (Pass) and B.Com. regular (Supplementary Examination 2008). A university official said on Tuesday that the failure candidates of 2006 or earlier can also submit their forms and fees. He said that last date without a late fee for these examinations has been extended from September 2 to 4. The principals of the colleges have been asked to ensure that the submitted examination forms are deposited at the Examinations Department of Karachi University the very next day i.e. September 5.
Govt keen to ban guess papers, tuition centres
Lahore, Sep 02: The Punjab government is seeking help of the Law Department and Intelligence agencies to take action against publishers of guide books, guess papers and runners of tuition centres in the province, sources in the Education Department said here Tuesday.

They revealed that a meeting in this regard was held at the Punjab Civil Secretariat on Saturday last, which was headed by Rana Muhammad Afzal, chairman committee on guide books and guess papers. The committee was formed by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. The meeting was attended by Secretary Law, Secretary Higher Education and Secretary Schools, DIG Special Branch, Chairman Textbook Board, principal of certain colleges and schools, all the stake-holders including President Urdu Bazaar, owners of tuition centres and two publishers of guess papers and guide books.

The sources disclosed that all the stakeholders had assured the committee members their cooperation for banning the publication of such material. An official of the Education Department said that there were eleven publishers of guide books and five of guess papers, who maintain that "it is a big business as every year around 2.2 million students of matriculation and 1.2 million of Intermediate get help from such help books."

When contacted Rana M Afzal said that the stake-holders were aware of the dire results of such publications and they had pledged to help the committee in this regard.

He said that the publication of key books, guess papers and guides was not only harming the quality of education, but the publishers were also breaking into the examination system, to make their guess papers more and more invincible. Regarding tuition centres, Rana said, "The owners of academies believe that parents do not want their children waste time, as the schools did not remain open throughout the year, thus they send them to tuition centres."

"They also advocate that teachers belong to a low paid community and they cannot earn their bread depending only upon their salaries," he said and added, "They have also maintained that learning more and more is the basic right of a student." The matter would be examined thoroughly and it would take time, Rana concluded. The nation

Private institutions step up drive for admission
Lahore, Sep 02: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) has extended the last date till September 5 (Saturday) for admission in session 2009-10 against reserved seats in the varsity for other provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on reciprocal basis.

Other professional institutions have also extended admission date ranging from Sept 5, 7 and 12. The AJK immigrants can also apply for admission to Pakistani varsities against their reserved seats.

Admission forms for medical and dental colleges could be submitted by October 7, engineering and other courses by Sept 12, and for Agriculture University Faisalabad by Sept 7 to the Additional Secretary Education (Colleges) Muzaffarabad.

Meanwhile, following display of last merit lists on August 31 in government colleges for graduate and postgraduate studies, and near the completion of admission process in Intermediate second shifts, the private colleges and varsities have accelerated their admission campaign for those who could not get admission. Most of these institutions either do not have any charter from the government or are affiliated with the institutions other than the Punjab University, Lahore Board and Board of Technical Education. Legally no other varsity can grant affiliation to any institution operating in its jurisdiction. The Punjab University has also drawn a list of the institutions, de-affiliated by it for not fulfilling the basis requirement. But these institutions are still admitting the students. Similarly, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has also drawn a list of universities and colleges not recognised by it or which do not have any charter to act as varsity. However, these institutions as well whose quality of education and credibility of degree is questionable, are continuing to allure the unwary students due to lack of any administrative machinery to disband them. The nation
Favouritism continues to make presence felt
Karachi, Sep 01: Despite tall claims made by the Sindh government and authorities at the Education department, practices of out-of-turn postings, detailments and hiring of non-technical staff at administrative post are still being carried out, it has been learnt.

Earlier this week, Education Executive District Officer (EDO) Muhammad Ibrahim Kumbhar issued a office order, number EDOE/Esst./CDGK/ (16994-98)/2009, according to which, Mazhar Jawaid, PET, BS-17, was allowed to work in the office of the Assistant District Officer, Education, Elementary (Male), Gulberg Town, till further orders.

Ironically, Jawaid, who is a physical trainer (PET), is posted at the office rather than a school, where his services would be put to better use.

The notification further said that Mazhar Jawaid, PET, BS-17, working in GBLSS Kamyab, Block 16, F. B. Area, against the post of Higher School Teacher is transferred and posted in GBSS, Allama Iqbal, Block 6, F. B. Area, Gulberg Town against Muhammad Saddiq, PET, BS-17. Furthermore, Saddiq was transferred and posted in GBSS, F. C. Area, Liaquatabad Town on administrative grounds till further orders.

In another case, Asadullah Bhutto, a Subject Specialist Cadre (BS-17), Government NJV Girls Higher Secondary School, Karachi was transferred and posted as Assistant District Officer (ADO), Education, (Male) Gulberg Town, Karachi and notification number NoSO(S-1)9-1/T&P/09 was issued to this effect. Despite the fact that the order was cancelled by the authorities, Bhutto somehow managed to get himself restored and became ADO Lyari.

Other subject specialist cadre (BS-17) working as ADOs at different towns include Amer Ali (New Karachi), Zahid Abbas (Gulshan), Bashir Ahmed Abbasi (Keamari), Muzaffar Ali Chana (Korangi), Chaman Lal (Landhi), Azizullah Odho (Baldia), Sadaruddin Ujjan (Orangi), Ali Nawaz Baloch (Bin Qasim), Imtiaz Bhugio (Sadder) and Ahmed Bux Bhutto. Many of these individuals did not qualify for this post, as only a person of administrative cadre can be posted as ADO.

On the other hand, Najma Mukaddem (Shah Faisal), Ali Jan (Bin Qasim), Shahida Hussain (Baldia), Naheed Kausar (New Karachi), are deployed as ADO (Female) by the Elementary Education District Officer (Female) Farnaz Riaz. Riaz herself is a Subject Specialist, but interestingly enough, she does not have the authority to assign anybody to look after the post of ADO. However, the afore-mentioned female ADOs are working without any difficulties, and no departmental action has been taken against them.

Similarly, Zahida Bhugio (Gulshan), Humaria Noorlain (Korangi) and Mussarat Jabeen (Liaquatabad) are Subject Specialists but working as ADOs. Sonaber Gul Unarr (Lyari) and Shaista Shaikh (Jamshed Town) also belong to College Cadre, while Razia Sultana works as ADO Orangi, but is reportedly a close friend of Farnaz Riaz.

Several colleges and comprehensive schools failed to provide good results in the recent intermediate examinations, with one plausible explanation being the posting of subject specialists and college cadres at administrative posts. As a result, seats of specific courses continue to be vacant at these educational institutes.

When contacted Senior Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq regarding the issue, he said that this has happened, as there was no policy or system to check it. "For the past decade, there was no policy and no promotions were made to fill the gap. As a result, favourites were placed on seats regardless of their ability for that post," he said.

As many as 3,000 educators, from primary school teachers to associate professors at colleges, have been promoted to fill the gap in the education system, he said, adding that now the education department has come up with an idea, which has the approval of the Sindh Chief Minister, and the department would soon advertise it.

Haq also said that management order is in process, and it would be implemented in the education system soon. "Different cadres would be introduced under this system, and teachers cannot transfer or switch to another one," he said. The management cadre will be uniform and teachers would select a cadre of their own choice, adding that once the policy is introduced in the education system, then this problem will cease to exist.


Swat students' conundrum
Swat, Sep 01: The board of intermediate and secondary education (BISE) Malakand covers the districts of Malakand, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Bajaur Agency and Chitral. Thousands of students appeared in the FA/FSc exams conducted by the board in April-May 2009. However, due to the military operation in Malakand both Part-I and Part-II exams were postponed though one or two exams of both classes were left. The NWFP government then announced a one-year promotion for all matric and FA/FSc students of the Malakand board.

In July, the Malakand board announced the result of FSc Part-II though the result of FSc Part-I was not released. In late August, the board said that FSc Part-I students would have to appear in the exam in November. Thousands of students like me who took the FSc Part-I exam are in a fix as to what is our status now. If we take the exam in November, when will we attend classes for Part-II? Remember that colleges under the Malakand board close for two months in the winter.

With the Part-II exam in April 2010 does the board expect us to take two board exams in six months? Why should we be punished for something that is not of our making? The NWFP chief minister and education minister are both kindly requested to come to your rescue. -Saima Jan, Govt Girls Degree College Khar, Bajaur Agency (The news)


BCom students for evening classes
Toba tek singh, Sep 01: Kamalia Government Commerce College students staged a protest demonstration on Monday over failure of the college management to start evening classes of BCom in the college.

They blocked traffic on Kamalia-Chichawatni Road for half an hour and raised slogans against the administration. Representatives of protesters said the chief minister had approved evening classes for the college but it was delayed without any reason. Dawn

Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of MSc Space Science, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009, MSc Applied Geology, First Annual 2008 and MA Development Journalism, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009. Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. F.P. report
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST), Karachi Monday notified that the examination forms for B. Sc. (Hon) part-I, II & III and M. Sc. part-I and final could be obtained from September 1 to 15 from National Bank Urdu University branch and submitted at concerned department. The candidates who failed last year in B. Sc. (Hon) part-I and II and M. Sc. part-I and final have to submit examination forms separately for both years. The news
Islamabad: 'Makers of Pakistani Literature' publication series is not only appreciated in the country but also abroad, said Fakhar Zaman, PAL chairman in a briefing on books on life and works of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Habib Jalib and Iftikhar Arif.

He said Dr Naheed Qasmi, Saeed Pervaiz and Abdul Aziz Sahir had compiled books on Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Habib Jalib and Iftikhar Arif respectively for PAL.

He said these three writers were considered popular figures in the country. He said Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi was known as epoch making writer. "As a writer, he had many aspects. All his life, he struggled against tyranny. He was not only a poet but also an epoch writer," he said.

Qasmi was an ideological writer who did not make ideology merely a slogan but also practiced it. He said Habib Jalib was a brave and resistant poet. His words were so powerful that they threaten tyranny and he wrote poetry in public style, which was very popular. Daily times

Karachi: The Sindh government has announced that all educational institutions in the city will remain closed on Tuesday.

Sindh Chief Secretary Fazal-ur-Rehman said that in view of the forecast for more rain, the government decided that all educational institutions - universities, colleges and government and private schools - would remain closed on Tuesday. Dawn