Government decision to lift ban on students unions welcomed -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

Government decision to lift ban on students unions welcomed

LAHORE (March 30 2008): A government decision to lift a ban on students unions has received cheers from students and teachers after new Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani’s announcement. There were reactions from several parties and unions too. Pakistan People’s Party General Secretary Jehangir Badar said on Saturday.

“The restoration of trade and students union is part of our manifesto and we have fulfilled our promise and in future party will continue its efforts to provide relief to the people.”

His People’s Students Federation counterpart, Ali Ammar, said their organisation had already announced in a press conference about lifting the ban and fulfilled their promise and in the future they would also work for students.

Jamaat-i-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch said there should be a code of conduct for student organisations and the students, administration of the educational institutions and the government should evolve a policy for them to maintain peace in institutions.

Islami -Jamiat-e-Talba spokesman Muhammad Usman also welcomed the decision. His Punjab University counterpart, Dr Professor Mujahid Ali Mansoori, said the government should have taken academic administrations into confidence, though he warned that the decision could fuel a risk in keeping peace in public and private colleges and universities.

Institute of Education and Research Director Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and History Department Chairman Dr Qalb-e -Abid said in all democratic countries there were student unions, but politicians never influenced them. He suggested that there be no role of political parties meddling in student organisations.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Central Information Secretary Umar Cheema said, “We welcome this decision, and educational institutions are nurseries for the future leadership of the country.”
Source: Business Recorder
Date:3/30/2008