LAHORE - A condolence reference was held at the Government College University Lahore yesterday in memory of its slain Associate Professor Dr Tanzeem Akbar Cheema. The Vice Chancellor, faculty and students demanded expeditious justice for Dr Cheema who was murdered in his car near Kalma Chowk on Tuesday night.

Addressing the reference, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said all faculty members of GCU were deeply shocked and grieved by the brutal murder, and would pursue this case at all the relevant forums of justice. “We are in contact with the police and bereaved family, and sincerely hope that the culprits would be arrested soon,” he added.

Prof Shah also said that the university staff was grateful to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for taking immediate notice of the murder. He said that they had found Dr Cheema a thorough gentleman who dedicatedly served GCU for than more than thirteen years.

Botany Department Chairperson Dr Safdar Mirza said Dr Cheema’s death was a big loss for the university. “The slain Associate Professor was a very competent teacher who did his PhD from Thailand in bioprocess on HEC merit scholarship,” he added.

GCU Islamic Studies Department Chairperson Prof Dr Sultan Shah said that Dr Cheema had a very bright future ahead as he had become Associate Professor at the age of 42.

 “He was really an angelic soul who was adored by his colleagues and students alike,” he added. Special prayers were also offered for the departed soul.