LOWER DIR: The All Public Universities BPS Teachers Association (APUBTA) on Monday announced to approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan on flagrent violation of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, abuse of fundamental human rights and misuse of the office and powers by the chairmian HEC and VCs of a few public sector universities. It was decided in a meeting of the core committee of APUBTA, chaired by its president Dr. Sami ur Rehman. The meeting expressed its grave concerns on the role and conduct of chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad who, according to a press release issued by APUBTA, is bent upon to misuse his office, powers, and the very institution of Higher Education Commission to any extent. It said the HEC chairman was not only responsible for depriving over 50,000 BPS teachers of their right to promotion but also trying through all illegal and unconstitional means to deprive them of their fundamental rights enshrined and guaranteed in the constitution of Pakistan.
The core committee noted that freedom of movement, freedom to peaceful assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of expression are the fundamental rights guaranteed by article 15, 16,17 and 19 of the constitution of Pakistan. It was noted that VCs of a few universities on dictates of chairman HEC had issued unconstitional and unlawful orders and notifications in their bid to stop university teachers from paricipation in a protest sit-in in front of HEC headquarters, Islamabad on Oct 31. Later, a few VCs initiated different proceedings to victimize the teachers who had participated in that protest. These acts on the part of VCs dictated by chairman HEC were the flagrent violation of the constitution of Pakistan, abuse of fundamental human rights, and misuse of powers and authority, the release adds. It said that such measures had been condemned by all teachers associations including APUBTA and FAPUASA and would not be tolerated at all. “The APUBTA will not compromise on the fundamental human rights of the universities’ teachers and those trying to abuse these rights will be brought before the court”, it said, adding the core committee had decided to challenge in the superior judiciary the illegal notifications issued by a few vice chancellors on the dictates of chairman HEC. The core committee also expressed deep concerns on calling emergency meeting of the syndicate by the Vice Chancellor, University of Kotli, Azad Kashmir. The core committee expressed its determination for exercising the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan and decided that any action taken by any VC inclufing the Vice Chancellor of University of Kotli will be countered using all legal means.
The core committee also decided to make a complaint cell as well as a legal committee to deal with all such cases. It will also approach the human rights organizations to counter any illegal action by any one.