Friday, November 26, 2010

[wvns] Pakistan: Academic Kidnapped

KP varsities shut in protest against VC's abduction
By Sadia Qasim Shah

PESHAWAR, Nov 8: As the government said it was engaging kidnappers through informal channels to secure the release of the vice-chancellor of Islamia College University, Mr Ajmal Khan, and his driver, vice-chancellors of all public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced closure of their institutions in protest.

Security officials have said that informal contacts had been established with the kidnappers, adding that Ajmal Khan was said to be in North Waziristan.

"Taliban have put forward their demands, including money and release of their commanders," official sources said.

An official claimed to have made considerable headway in the case. He said a seminary in the cantonment area of the city had been raided a few days ago on information that the mastermind was staying there. But, he added, the man slipped away because the director of the seminary had taken a long time in allowing security personnel to enter the building. "If anything happens to Ajmal Khan, the director of the seminary would be held responsible", the official said.

He said the raid had been organised after negotiations with the Wifaq-ul-Madaris.

Meanwhile, all public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were closed on Monday for an indefinite period to press the
government to recover the vice-chancellor.

The Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association has announced a strike by academic staff in the universities of the province and threatened to extend it to universities across the country.



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