Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan was closed for an indefinite period after former minister belonging to Pakistan Tehrik I Insaf (PTI) Ali Amin Gandapur threatened the Vice Chancellor of the university. PTI Chairman Imran Khan also summoned Ali Amin Gandapur and Pervaiz Khattak to explain the matter.

According to details, Vice Chancellor Gomal University Dr Iftikhar Ahmad wrote a letter to Chancellor/Governor Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani claiming that Ali Amin Gandapur is threatening him to resign immediately or he will take any other action.

The letter stated that the former federal minister has given threats to the vice-chancellor through a WhatsApp message. The reported message had been reproduced in the letter as: “It is better you should resign with respect and honour. We are waiting for your resignation. Please don’t take things to further disastrous levels as you have already damaged the university for two years. Don’t confront the students and their future anymore. Don’t disrespect yourself more. Someone told me much earlier about you when you were appointed VC Gomal that you are a negative man with no self-respect and integrity.

Today, I endorsed his statement about you the way you behaved and behaved earlier against the students and government. You want to be by force thrown out of the institution you headed as you don’t want to surrender with respect. I request you not to take things to that level. Otherwise, if I intervened and joined the students against your cruelty against them, you will get a lesson. I don’t want to give away the reputation of my district institution but I think you want yourself to be handled accordingly.”

The vice-chancellor stated that the former minister had been creating troubles through students led by some ex-students of the university. He said that he (Gandapur) openly supported the protesting students. “Since my honour, family and life are threatened by Mr Ali Amin Gandapur, the report is submitted for information and I seek your directives, what shall I do in these circumstances,” the vice-chancellor asked the acting governor.

It is pertinent to mention here that former Prime Minister and Chairman PTI Imran Khan also summoned Ali Amin Gandapur and according to media reports, he had discussed the issue of a letter written by VC Gomal University.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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