Hundreds of students staged a demonstration at Jaranwala-Faisalabad Road by protesting against non-issuance of B-forms by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
The protesters blocked the road for several hours and chanted slogans against NADRA and the Faisalabad Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE). Protesters said that the BISE administration had made the B-form a prerequisite for admission and taking part in Intermediate Annual Examinations 2012. According to students, when they went to NADRA offices for issuance of the forms, the administration refused to issue B-forms, saying that they were busy in preparing electoral lists. “Now we are stranded.
We cannot register for admission in colleges and they will not accept forms past the deadline.
Yet NADRA authorities are refusing to issue the forms because they are working on voter lists.
Preparation for the elections should not mean that they ignore current issues,” said an intermediate student Azhar Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2012.