SIALKOT

The roof of a classroom of Govt Boys and Girls Primary School Kot Deena, Pasrur collapsed while the students remained safe as they were studying outside the classroom under the sky.

According to the students and their teachers, all the 50 minor students were studying while sitting on the ground under the sun, when the roof of their classroom collapsed.

The incident panicked schoolchildren and their teachers. After the incident, they staged a protest demonstration against the slackness of the Education Department.

According to the local people, the building of the school had been established in 1992, but due to the use of substandard material in the construction of the school building, it became dilapidated.

In 2014, the Sialkot Buildings Department had declared it as dangerous, advising the officials of Education Department to ensure early evacuation of the school to avert any untoward incident.

When contacted, Assistant Commissioner Tauqeer Ilyas Cheema said that the collapsed classroom was declared dangerous. He said that the officials of the Education Department have been directed to shift the school to another safe building.

When contacted, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Asif Tufail said that he had ordered a departmental probe against the officials concerned for their slackness and inordinate delay in the evacuation of this dangerous building.

STUDENTS PASSED OUT: The first batch of 80 students passed out the week-long special emergency and fire-fighting training course organised by Rescue 1122 at Govt College Women University (GCWU). Senior officials of Rescue 1122 led by District Emergency Officer (DEO) Sialkot Syed Kamal Abid gave emergency services and fire-fighting training to the students who successfully passed the written and practical exams.

ARRESTS: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested Javaid Iqbal, alleged right hand of the Daska based main accused of Rs330 million financial scam namely Haji Akram.

Khalid Anees, Deputy Director of FIA Gujranwala Division, said Iqbal was also directly or indirectly involved in this financial scam and the right hand of the main Akram Mughal. He added that the FIA had already arrested eight accused including main accused Haji Muhammad Akram Mughal and his wife in this Rs330 million financial scam, in this regard.

He said that 400 passports have already been returned back to the victims in Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Sialkot, Chawinda, Badiana, Pasrur and surrounding areas. In 2014, Akram Mughal, owner of the Nimra International Travel Agency Daska, had plundered Rs330 million from hundreds of local people by offering them the Umrah packages. The FIA had arrested the main accused from Saudi Arabia with the help of Interpol and the local court had sent him to jail on two-week long judicial remand in 55 separate cases registered against him.