Islamabad-Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Alumni Association, Academic Staff Association and Employees Welfare Association Monday formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC) as part of their drive against illegal encroachment, occupation and non-demarcation of QAU’s land and discriminatory attitude with the university.

The committee is comprised representatives from QAU Alumni Association, Academic Staff Association QAU, Officer Welfare Association QAU, Employees Welfare Association QAU.

Other members included Professor Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah, Dr Murtaza Mughal, Dr Anwar Iqbal, Dr Waheed Chaudhry, Rasheed Khalid, Farzana Altaf Shah, Aziz ul Haq Nishtar, Dr Sajid Mahmood Awan, Salman Ali, Chaudhry Riaz, Chaudhry Wajahat Latif and two student representatives of QAU. The committee could also co-opt other members.

The first meeting of the Action Committee held at the QAU campus under the

chairmanship of Sikandar Ahmed Rai, President QAU Alumni Association.

According to joint declaration released after the meeting, the committee members unanimously resolved to undertake collaborative efforts to protect the top ranked university of Pakistan from land mafia.

The committee members expressed serious concerns over the problems being faced by QAU-top Pakistani university due to more than five hundred million rupees annual deficit and non-approval of mega PC-1.

Due to financial constraints, the university could not hire faculty  members against the 165 vacant slots.

The committee formed two sub committees under the chairmanship of senior lawyer Aziz ul Haq Nishtar and senior columnist Dr Murtaza Mughal.  The committees would deliberate over legal aspect as well as mobilise

media and other stakeholders. The committee members also resolved to continue their struggle till resolution of the problems.

According to Murtaza Noor, Secretary General QAU Alumni Association, in view of suggestions by the senior alumni members and after consultations with the stakeholders,  joint committee has been formed to get the problems resolved being faced by Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad including non-demarcation and end of illegal encroachments over QAU land.