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40 Punjab University students booked for ransacking and vandalizing VC, registrar office

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The University of Punjab has registered an FIR against forty students for ransacking and vandalizing vice-chancellor, registrar and public relations offices.

According to the university spokesperson the clash started between two students which catalyzed into mayhem with Jamiat students attacking staff members and breaking into administration block.

“They [the students] had sticks, stones, and glass bottles in their hands,” the registrar of the varsity said. “The men attacked the administration officers, harassed them, and chanted slogans against the varsity.”

Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan complained that the students created a sense of fear on the campus which is against the law and the sanctity of the institution. “All these men will be expelled and strict action will be taken against them as per the law,” he added.

Zia Khan, a student leader at the varsity, said that the clash started when students of the IJT “tore off and burnt” posters of a musical event at the university and replaced them with banners of their event.

A statement issued by the IJT, on the other hand, stated that their students were “attacked by members of a nationalist council by sticks after Friday prayers”.

On Saturday, a complaint by the varsity named 13 men. Meanwhile, the police are still trying to identify the other students. A case under the following sections of the Pakistan Penal Code has been registered against them.

  • 147: punishment for rioting
  • 149: every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object
  • 186: Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions
  • 427: Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees

Members of the Islami Jamiat Talba in Abbottabad have been calling out the COMSATS University for organising a concert on its campus too. They have termed the event “obscenity” and “against the morals of Islam”.

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COAS, Saudi FM discuss matters of mutual interest, regional security

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says the 17th extraordinary session of OIC is extremely important to channelize international efforts and save Afghanistan from looming security and humanitarian crises.

He was talking to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, who called on him in Rawalpindi.

Matters of mutual interest, regional security, current situation in Afghanistan and bilateral defence relations were discussed during the meeting.

The Army Chief also emphasized that peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute is essential for stability in South Asia.

He reiterated that Pakistan wants cordial ties with all its neighbors in pursuit of regional peace and prosperity.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, specially its efforts for border management and its role in regional stability.

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NIH confirms first case of Omicron in Pakistan

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The National Institute of Health (NIH) Pakistan on Monday confirmed the first case of Omicron variant of coronavirus.

“The NIH has been able to confirm (via whole genome sequencing) that a recently suspected sample from Karachi is indeed the ‘Omicron variant’ of SARS-CoV2,” said NIH Pakistan in a tweet.

“This is the first confirmed case but continued surveillance of suspected samples is in place to identify the trends.”

According to the NIH, “The importance of getting vaccinated to protect from serious effects of existing and new variants is therefore highlighted. Please get yourself vaccinated according to guidelines issued by the NCOC.”

On December 9, Pakistan had reported its first “suspected” case of the new coronavirus variant Omicron in a woman, 57, in Karachi.

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PM Imran Khan to visit Lahore today

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Prime Minister Imran Khan will reach Lahore on a day-long visit today (Wednesday). He is scheduled to chair important meetings during his stay in the provincial capital.

According to sources, the Prime Minister is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will brief the Prime Minister on important issues of the province. The Prime Minister will also address a ceremony in connection with Health Cards.

The Prime Minister will also meet the Vice Chancellors (VCs) and Principals of medical universities and colleges in Lahore. Key senior ministers will also meet PM Imran.

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