Edwardes College: staffers threaten protest if demands not met

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PESHAWAR: On Monday the faculty and staff members of Edwardes College threatened to launch a protest movement if their demands were not accepted.

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The demands contain the removal of the college principal and convening the meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) to resolve crisis at the historic college in accordance with the decision of the Peshawar High Court (PHC).

Speaking at a news conference, Prof Ijaz Ahmad, Prof Dr. Gulzar Jalal, Prof Naveed, Prof Shah Jehan and others said the BoG has been running the matters of Edwardes College for the last four decades.

They said serious allegations of nepotism and financial and administrative irregularities have been leveled against the principal.

Nevertheless, they said that some elements with vested interest were bent upon damaging the college.

“The BoG meeting was convened on March 8, 2019 but the college principal and the Diocese of Peshawar refused to attend it and filed a writ petition in the PHC against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government,” the teachers said.

They asked the government to remove the sitting principal of the college, alleging that he was misusing his powers.

The faculty members said that the BoG was the only forum to resolve the problems of Edwardes College and restore its educational standards.

It also staged a protest demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club to urge the government to accept their demands, by the professors and faculty members.

Carrying banners, the protesters vocalized slogans in support of their demands.

Movement of wheat banned

Under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar has prohibited the movement of wheat, wheat flour and wheat fine flour from outside the territorial jurisdiction of the district.

 “The order shall come into force immediately, and shall remain in force for a period of 30 (thirty) days,” it added.

Any one contravening this order will be liable to be proceeded against under Section 188 of Pakistan Penal code, said a communique.