Teachers of various public universities across Pakistan observed a black day on Thursday on a call given by Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA).

The black day was observed against the alleged humiliation, victimization and terminations of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) faculty members at the hands of varsity administration. The allegedly victimized teachers had purportedly raised voices against the malpractices and massive corruption prevalent at IIUI.

FAPUASA Punjab Chapter members at Punjab University, BZU Multan, GCU Lahore and Agriculture University Faisalabad wore black armbands while performing their duties. The teachers also organized rallies and chanted slogan against IIUI administration in their respective universities. They claimed the IIUI administration initially graded the annual confidential report of Dr Shehzad Ashraf poorly despite him having won the prestigious research productivity award. Then Dr Shehzad and Dr Husnain Naqvi were dismissed without inquiry and without giving them a chance for a personal hearing.

FAPUASA members maintain that the faculty members were targeted for raising their voices against grave instances of corruption, specially the award of BS-IR degree in absentia to son of IIUI president Dr Ahmed Yousal Aldarweish in sheer violation of university rules

Moreover, Engr Sher Afghan Usmani and Atif Shabbir were terminated without assigning any reason. In November 2018, the IIUI admin sacked Professor Dr Mushtaq Ahmed of Physics department who won prestigious Research Productivity Award thrice.

FAPUASA President Dr Mahboob said despite repeated promises to reinstate the sacked faculty members, the IIUI administration was victimizing many others and after sacking five teachers, the ACRs of many faculty members with laudable career had been marked adversely.

FAPUASA Federal Chapter of President Dr Sohail Yousif demanded the president IIUI withdraw illegal degree awarded to his son in absentia and an FIR should be launched by IIUI against the culprits for using a fake transcript of Preston University for the exemption of 42 credit hours to complete the BS International Relations degree of Abdul Majeed Aldurayesh, the son of IIUI president.

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