Professor Kaleemullah Breach, General-Secretary of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA), has demanded release of Rs6 billion announced by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on September 24, otherwise the federation will be constrained to launch a more vigorous campaign including strike for longer period next week.
He said that we are giving a week to the government and HEC and will wait till Oct 12 and decide the future course of action in a meeting on the following day. He said that classes boycott could last for more days. He said that our strength is much higher than that of lawyers and we can motivate the people as well.
Before we come out on street, the government should release the Rs6 billion promised amount, he warned.
He said that the prime minister did not give anything to teachers or students from primary to higher education. He did not mention and left the function on Salam Teachers Day after narrating jokes. He said it was pathetic to note that education had been at the lowest ebb in the successive governments’ priority list.
He said that FAPUASA condemns the speech and gives one week deadline as PM himself had announced to release Rs6 billion immediately as part of the Rs15 billion sanction. He regretted that the PM sanctioned only of Rs1.1 billion. He said it is a joke with the institutions of higher education.
FAPUASA President Mahr Saeed Akhtar said that the formula indicated that we have to observe 15 strikes to get promised Rs15 billion. He said that we are fighting for the cause of higher education.
Meanwhile, Academic Staff Associations of Quaid-i-Azam University and Allama Iqbal Open University observed complete strike on the Black Day here on Tuesday.
Carrying placards and banners and chanting slogans, teachers of QAU gathered in large number at the Social Sciences Block, from where they made a round of the Campus including the old Administration Block. The 90-minute rally peacefully ended at the Social Sciences Block.