Teachers demand apology from PM Imran Khan, Punjab CM and NAB chairman
Black Day observed in provinces, AJK and GB
Universities across the country observed a “black-day” on Monday on a call by Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) to condemn teachers’ handcuffing and disrespectful behaviour by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials, demanding the prime minister of Pakistan, NAB chairman and Punjab chief minister tender an apology to the nation.
FAPUASA and teachers community also demanded an immediate removal of NAB Lahore DG Saleem Shahzad, naming him responsible for disgracing and humiliating teachers who had written scores of books and taught of thousands of students.
Protest rallies against the high-handedness of senior academics were held in universities across all provinces, including the federal capital, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan. Teachers wore black armbands and hoisted black flags.b
In this connection, PU Academic Staff Association (ASA) also called its general body meeting which was participated in by more than 400 teachers and representatives of Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA). After the meeting, a protest rally was taken out from Al Raazi hall to the main road opposite Sheikh Zayed Hospital. The participants were holding banners and placards inscribed with various slogans against NAB Lahore DG and the government and called for restoration of the teachers’ respect.
FAPUASA President Dr Mahboob Hussain, who is also president PU ASA, demanded immediate resignation/removal of NAB Lahore DG. He said sentiments of the teacher community had been inflamed and they would continue demonstrations if formal apology to the nation was not made by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Punjab CM Usman Buzdar and NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.
PU ASA Secretary Sardar Asghar Iqbal said accused army officers, generals and judges etc had never been handcuffed and humiliated the way senior teachers had been. He said there was a difference between being an accused and being a convict. “The teachers were treated like convicts and they were arrested unnecessarily when they were cooperating and regularly appearing before NAB officials for the investigation,” he added.