LAHORE - On an appeal from President Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Associations (FAPASA) Prof Mahr Saeed Akhtar, Black Day was observed in the universities across the country on Monday, as a protest against life attempt on Prof Iftikhar Hussain Baloch as well as incidents of violence in Islamia University Bahawalpur, NUML Islamabad, Govt College University Faisalabad and Kohat University. The teachers community, wearing black gowns and displaying black ribbons and badges and carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-IJT slogans, staged protest rallies in their respective cities. The PU Academic Staff Association (ASA) also staged a rally in front of the Lahore Press Club. Speaking on the occasion the President Prof Mahr Saeed Akhtar and General Secretary Prof Javed Sami expressed their satisfaction over the fact that out of the four main culprits nominated in the Prof Iftikhar Balochs FIR, three had already been arrested while the father of the fourth accused had also been apprehended. Resultantly the one item agenda of the ASA for the arrest of the miscreants who had brazenly severely manhandled Prof Iftikhar Baloch stands fulfilled to a great extent. The ASA office-bearers further expressed the hope that the remaining accomplices of the murderous attempt would also be nabbed very shortly. They reiterated that they would not rest until the respect and honour of the teaching community was restored and the culprits who have ruined the academic peace and good reputation of the oldest and the largest seat of higher learning of the country were taken to task. The ASA will hold its general body meeting at 10:00am in the Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology on today, and later the participants would leave for PU Old Campus in buses where they will bring out a rally at 11:00am which will culminate at the Chairing Cross. Meanwhile the expelled students and their parents also staged a protest demonstration against the university administration at the Lahore Press Club. Speaking on the occasion, they said the students were expelled at the peak of their career while there was no ample proof of their involvement in subversive activities. They said the PU administration hatched conspiracy against them only to conceal their financial corruption and moral turpitude.