LAHORE: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar ordered an inquiry against Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Dr Asghar Zaidi upon the petition of Chairman of GCU Computer Science Department Dr Syed Asad Raza Kazmi, who accused the GCU VC of harassment and threats.
Governor Punjab directed the Punjab Secretary Higher Education to complete the inquiry within 15 days and submit the report.
Dr Syed Asad Raza Kazmi wrote a letter to the Punjab Governor titled, “Harassment/threatening behaviour of Prof. Dr. Asghar zaidi the vice-chancellor of GC University.”
“Honorable Chancellor, Sir, it Is stated that I am working as Professor and Chairperson Department of Computer Science GC University Lahore and have an association with this great and prestigious institution since 2002. This great seat of learning has produced luminaries Allama Iqbal, Patras Bukhari, Dr Abdus Salam and many more.
“With a heavy heart I wish to bring it to your knowledge an unfortunate incident that took place in the University, I feel ashamed to even narrate the same, but to avoid serious conflict and lest it is repeated with other faculty and or staff and in the best interest of this great institution, I feel it is my duty to inform of the ill behavior of the very person, who should have been a role model for others as per tradition of this great institution.
“Sir, I assure you that there are other such incidents that also took place, but due to fear and threats the faculty and staff members preferred to keep quiet. Sir, on 02-03-2021 at about 3:30pm the Vice-Chancellor GC University Lahore Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi came to my office on a surprise visit along with three other persons including Dr. Sohail Ahmed the Chairperson of Department of Statistics,” the letter reads.
“Dr. Zaidi started shouting and threatening me by saying that you held this meeting in support of your corrupt “Guru” (used for one of the Deans), he was consistent and used foul language and words”insult “,”liar “. “Guru”, and “Corrupt” for me and other senior faculty,” the letter reads, a copy of which is available with the Academia Magazine.