University staff across Sindh observe black day

Published: November 1, 2018
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Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences. PHOTO: EXPRESS

HYDERABAD: As the ongoing protest of faculty, officers and staff in the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) aggravated on Tuesday, the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (Fapuasa) announced a black day for today (Thursday).

The day will be observed in all public sector universities in Sindh with the faculty wearing black arm bands in solidarity with their counterparts in LUMHS.

“Fapuasa Sindh Chapter condemns the act of using batons on the protesters staging demonstration for removal of the illegal [illegally appointed] registrar, [Dr Roshan Bhatti] who is already retired from government service,” said the association’s provincial general secretary, Dr Naimtullah Laghari.

The teachers and staff in LUMHS have been holding a series of protests demanding removal of the registrar, who is accused of being high-handed, unprofessional and a retired public servant.

During the protest on Tuesday, some supporters of the registrar allegedly used abusive language and threatened the protesters.

“They were carrying wooden logs, bricks, rods and some of them were even brandishing weapons,” claimed Prof Suhail Ahmed Almani, the head of LUMHS teachers association, and others at a press conference. The faculty and staff also blamed Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Bikha Ram Devrajani for his alleged incompetence in handling the situation.

“It’s a matter of great concern and shock that despite [the] prevailing tense situation in the university, when all the teaching and administrative activities have come to a grinding halt, the VC remained absent from his office for the second consecutive day,” said a statement issued by the faculty on Wednesday.

The statement added, “His conspicuous absence from his office has raised many questions in the mind of faculty and employees and has made his position controversial.”

The academic activities remained suspended in the varsity for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2018.

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