LAHORE - The Punjab University Academic Staff Association on Tuesday took out a rally against construction of Orange Train Project offices on University Town 1 land and symbolically blocked campus road for one minute.

PU ASA President Prof Dr Hasan Mobeen Alam, Vice President Prof Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry, Secretary Dr Mahboob Hussain, Dr Shazia Qureshi, Dr Liaqat Ali, Dr Sajid Rashid, Dr Kamran Abid and a large number of teachers were present on the occasion.

Addressing the rally, Dr Mahboob Hussain said that bureaucracy under some nefarious designs was misguiding the government and avoiding use of agricultural land situated next to University Town 1. He said that the agricultural land could be purchased easily on cheaper rates but the bureaucracy purposely wanted to construct offices on developed land to save agricultural land of influential people.

He said that PU teachers would not accept construction of project offices on the Town 1 land at any cost and urged the government not to compel university teachers for taking extreme steps. The teachers took out rally from Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology which concluded on Campus Road after briefly blocking the traffic. The protestors were holding placards and banners inscribed with anti-Orange Train project slogans.

Earlier, general body meeting of ASA was held in the auditorium of Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology which was presided over by Dr Hasan Mobeen Alam. Addressing the meeting, Dr Hasan Mobeen Alam said that TEPA and NESPAK officials were providing wrong information to the high ups which will create serious problems for the government.