Behind bars: Mardan University VC sent on 14-day judicial remand

Published: September 17, 2015
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Dr. Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. PHOTO: awkum.edu.pk

Dr. Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. PHOTO: awkum.edu.pk

PESHAWAR: 

A day after being arrested and accused of stripping parents and medical students of more than Rs550 million, a sitting and a former vice chancellor were sent to Central Prison Peshawar along with two other educationists.

Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) VC Dr Ihsan Ali, former Hazara University VC Professor Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah, NIMS College of Medicine Abbottabad Chairman Dr Muhammad Aziz Khan and Higher Education Regulatory Authority (HERA) ex-chairman Professor Humayun Zia were produced before an accountability court of judge Muhammad Ibrahim Khan. Ali has also held the post of Hazara University VC.

NAB prosecutors told the court Syed Sakhawat Shah was a retired vice chancellor and an elderly individual. The court was also told NAB did not require the physical custody of the four suspects as the corruption reference against them needed the approval of the bureau’s chairman after which it would be submitted to the accountability court.

Azhar Yousaf and Manzoor Khan, counsel for the accused, requested the court to grant Class-B accommodation to the accused at the central prison. The court accepted the plea and remanded the suspects on judicial remand for 14 days instead of NAB’s custody. A large number of students were also present at the hearing to support the VCs.

Granting affiliation

A NAB statement said the former Hazara University VCs, Ali and Dr Sakhawat Shah, without a mandate enshrined in the KMU Act 2006, granted affiliation to the National Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Abbottabad which lacked medical faculty. It added the former VCs also conducted examinations at the “illegal” institute.

“They [connived] with the illegal medical college – not only depriving parents of their hard-earned money, but also playing with the future of unsuspecting students,” the statement read.

It was discovered that NIMS Chairman Dr Muhammad Aziz Khan willingly engaged in the illegal business for monetary gains by admitting students without a lawful mandate prior to the institute’s recognition as envisaged in the PM&DC Ordinance 1962. The bureau also accused Humayun Zia of illegally registering NIMS by overlooking required criteria. The bureau’s statement added the official also failed to pay regulatory visits.

Teachers slam arrests

Teachers associations of different public sector universities as well as faculty members of AWKUM slammed the arrest of Ali and demanded an end to “the insult ‘.

Talking to The Express Tribune, former Peshawar University Teachers Association president Jamil Khan said anti-education elements did not want the people of the province to develop. He said the education system was being “wiped out through devious plans”. Khan demanded all parties in the province raise a voice against these practices and halt the arrest of educationists.

He said PUTA called for a meeting of all university teachers to discuss their next move against the arrest of the AWKUM VC.

Senior management and faculty members of AWKUM expressed their disappointment over the arrest and held an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

“The arrest of a sitting VC is astonishing and unprecedented,” said a statement issued after the meeting. “The NAB action has hurt the reputation of K-P’s most modern and credible university,” it continued.

“Dr Ihsan Ali represents an academic institution where thousands of students, staff and faculty work and study. His arrest is an attack on the goodwill of AWKUM.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th,  2015.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Fawad khan
    Sep 17, 2015 - 6:31AM

    I am surprised at the reaction of students and faculty members. Do they want their VC to be above the law? Is this what they are trying to teach us? There seems to be clear cut evidence of corruption against these individuals, yet these protestors call it an ‘insult’ to arrest him. Recommend

  • Khalid Saeed
    Sep 17, 2015 - 11:17AM

    Protests of teachers and students in favor of the corrupt management of the universities simply demonstrate the level of moral, education and ethics prevailing in the educational institutes. In stead of strengthening the move that will enhance the credibility of institutions, these protests are advocating the continual use of practices that have severely damaged the standard of education in Pakistan. The corrupt academics holding high position in colleges and universities should be severely punished in order to safeguard the future of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mamu
    Sep 17, 2015 - 12:03PM

    @Fawad khan:
    Well maybe he is innocent in the eyes of some and criminal in the eyes of some. However, i believe any culprit should be taken in to custody after solid proof has been gathered against him. And by seeing the performance of NAB and EC till now i have not yet seen any one going Scot free. Usually the culprit bargains with NAB to return the funds.Recommend

  • SAC
    Sep 17, 2015 - 12:23PM

    Its seems these protesters are not students, but behaving like buyers and sellers of educational degrees. Instead of supporting the move, they are halting it. We shall hope the would not stop these kind of anti-corruption moves and the corrupt will be punished.Recommend

  • khurram
    Sep 17, 2015 - 1:41PM

    why blame politicians then they are also protesting as to why they are being arrested. In western world a judge, general , teacher or a doctor can go to jail,Recommend

  • Dilip
    Sep 17, 2015 - 6:48PM

    Class B accommodation !!!! Why? Why? Why? Some are more equal than others!Recommend

  • HiddenTruth
    Sep 17, 2015 - 8:11PM

    I know the VC Ali really well. He was lecturer of Archeology at Peshawar University and after bribing the govt. he became the director of directorate of Archeology and Museums Peshawar. At that time he only had a small house in a village in Charasada. After he did corruption in the directorate, he bribed ANP’s govt. further and became VC of Hazra University. He appointed his corrupt friends in the university and looted millions. At the same time he built a big house along with Hujra in his village and bought properties worth millions. He illegally admitted his son in UET Peshawar who was kicked out by another university. Afterwards, upon request he was transferred to Mardan University. His final goal was to become the VC of Islamia College University or Peshawar University, but ANP’s govt. ended. During ANP’s govt. many people exposed him, but as he had back of the govt. no one dared to touch him.
    It could be that all the protesting teachers and students are also corrupt and thereof they should be punished along with him. He destroyed country’s future in many ways and he need to be stopped now.Recommend

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