KARACHI - Zindagi Trust has opened new front against the protest movement of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), as the higher-ups of the trust approached to the two largest circulated Urdu newspapers of the country to stop the publication of news against Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), taking administrations of government colleges. SPLA has alleged the Zindagi Trust of tearing off the pages of the holy Quran, and demanded the government to reinstate former administration at the SMB Government Girls College, which is being run under the management of Zindagi Trust. The activities of Zindagi Trust at the said institution have forced the teachers and students of these colleges to protest against the education department as well. Talking to The Nation on Friday, President SPLA Karachi Region Prof Ather Hussain Mirza expressed serious concern over recent initiative of Zindagi Trust to influence the newspapers and urged the concerned chief editors to play their role in promotion of education in the province. He said, "An old and largest Urdu newspaper did not publish the news of the press conference, held by SPLA on October 9 (Thursday), highlighting the educational issues and the condemnable activities of Zindagi Trust. The national newspapers bear responsibility to create awareness among the masses regarding all social issues. If the chief editors mete out preferential treatment they would commit professional dishonesty. The role of the newspapers should be positive in this regard". It is worth mentioning that Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has played vital role in forcing the education department to take back its decision of handing over the management of RLAK Govt College of Home Economics and Khatoon-e-Pakistan Girls College to Zindagi Trust and the Book Group. "Shahzad Roy, chief of Zindagi Trust, is just an intermediate. On the other hand, the rulers intend to privatise all government colleges in the city on the pretext of shortage of funds while it has already privatised three colleges, namely St Joseph's, St Patrick's (morning and (evening). The government, in 2001, had planned to hand over 40 colleges to private sector. Such decision forced once again the teachers' community to go against the government and hold massive protests," Prof Ather said.