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‘PTI tsunami’ hits Islamia College

‘PTI tsunami’ hits Islamia College

PESHAWAR: As if a tsunami has hit Islamia College, it seemed, as activists of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf damaged plant pots at the lush green lawn when they entered with their party chairman Imran Khan and other government officials to attend the final day of centenary celebrations of the historic educational institution.

As PTI chairman Imran Khan, who was the chief guest on the third day of centenary celebrations at Islamia College, spoke of ‘billion tree tsunami’ initiative of the provincial government and took pride in establishing peace in the province, a large number of unruly activists of his party did not care for the little plants in their way as they tried to get close to their leader.

Imran Khan was accompanied by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.

Mr Khan expressed his happiness to be present at the 100-year-old Islamia College. He urged the students to play their role in establishing a corruption-free society. He was also given a commemoration shield by Islamia College Vice-chancellor Ajmal Khan.

After the vice-chancellor, in his welcome address, highlighted the history, achievements and activities of the college and university and lauded the provincial government’s efforts for making his release from Taliban captivity possible, the chief minister announced one-month salary bonus for the faculty and staff of Islamia College and two-day holiday on the occasion of centenary celebrations.

Speaking on the third and final day of the centenary celebrations at Islamia College here on Sunday, Mr Khattak also said that government would establish at least one university campus in every district of the province.

He said that promotion of education was top priority of the present PTI-led provincial government.

Provincial ministers Mohammad Atif, Shah Farman and Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi; Adviser to Chief Minister Ishtiaq Urmar; Special Assistant to Chief Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani; MPAs; president of Islamia College Senior Alumni and former governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ali Mohammad Jan Aurakzai; alumni and faculty of the university and a large number of students attended the function.

In his brief speech, the chief minister condemned the terrorist attack in Parachinar which took 16 lives and left more than 50 injured.

After listening to the speech of vice-chancellor about resource constraint at Islamia College, Mr Khattak expressed his government’s commitment for making all required financial resources available for education sector.

He said that during the last 30 months of the present provincial government, establishment of 50 new colleges, mostly for women, one technical university, three general universities, two women universities and two medical colleges were initiated in the province.

The celebrations of 100 years of existence of Islamia College were beautifully ended with fireworks.

Meanwhile, the vice-chancellor also gave away degrees to 167 graduates in different disciplines on Sunday.

Due to certain immediate engagements, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor could not attend the convocation and the vice-chancellor conferred degrees on the graduates.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2015

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