PU VC in hot water after LHC annuls wife’s appointment as Prof

Sarfraz Ali 08:30 AM | 6 May, 2015
PU VC in hot water after LHC annuls wife’s appointment as Prof
LAHORE (Web Desk) - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday set aside the appointment of Dr Shazia Qureshi, the wife of Punjab University vice-chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, as professor and Dean Law College of Punjab University.

The court restrained Shazia Quershi from functioning as professor/dean of the law college and receiving any perks and privileges of the post. The court also ordered university administration to hold elections of senate members within five months. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed these orders while allowing a petition filed by Javed Sami and others challenging appointment of Shazia Quershi as Professor/Dean of law college and PU senate meeting.

During the hearing, petitioner’s counsel Saad Rasool assailing the appointment of Shazia Quershi pointed out that she was wife of the vice chancellor. He submitted that Shazia Quershi was promoted from associate professor to professor post in violation of rules. He contended that her appointment and promotion was made against rules of the university and Higher Education Commission.

He further submitted that the PU senate comprised of nominated and elected members but the university did not hold any elections for the elected senate members. He contended that till the elections of these members, the senate meeting could not be convened.

Saad also pointed out that the PU’s senate meeting was not held for past seven years despite the fact that it was necessary to get approval of the university budget from the senate every year.

However, university’s counsel submitted that the Shazia Quershi was promoted on recommendations of the selection board after fulfilling legal requirements. The Registrar Punjab University also assured the court that elections of senate members would be held in five months and new senate would be constituted then.

The court after hearing arguments of parties declared appointment of Shazia Quershi as Professor illegal and demoted her to the post of associate professor.

Dr Shazia Qureshi’s lawyer Khurram Saeed advocate and PU Legal Advisor Malik Awais Khalid argued that Dr Shazia Qureshi was appointed as professor under the same criteria, which was being adopted by the administration since 2000 for appointment and promotion of faculty members at Punjab University.

Counsel submitted that even the petitioners Samee Uzair, Javed Sami and Shumaila Gul were also appointed following the same rules and regulations. He also submitted the record of 800 faculty members appointed in PU following the same rules and regulations. Judge after hearing the arguments declared appointment of Dr Shazia Qureshi as professor and dean faculty of law as illegal.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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