District Coordination Officer Iftikhar Ali Sahu paid a surprising visits to several government colleges in Sialkot district and suspended 60 educational staff members including two associate professors, 12 assistant professors and 31 lecturers for remaining absent.

On the occasion, the DCO expressed grave concern and dismay over the absence of teaching and non-teaching staff in different colleges. The negligent staff includes associate professors Khawar Mansur, Abbas Ali Dilawari, lecturers Shahid Mehmood, Ghulam Dastgir, Muhammad Tahir, Muhammad Waqas, Waqas Ahmed, Tariq Mehmood, Shahid Mehmood , Naveed Akram, Kamran Sufi, Muhammad Afzal, Anwarul Hassan, Shakeel Tabassum, assistant professors Ahsan Sajid, Ameer Khan, Noor A Bilal, Naseer Shaiq, Sultan Bukhtiar, Naimatullah, Javaid Iqbal, lab assistant Rafaqat Ali and senior clerk Sharafat Ali of Govt Jinnah Islamia Boys College Sialkot.

The suspended staff of Govt Allama Iqbal Postgraduate College Paris Road Sialkot includes  lecturers Hafiz Abdul Sattar, Muhammad Ajmal Nadeem, Muhammad Aslam, Umer Islam, Saeedullah, Nawaz Sipra, Muzaffar Mushtaq, Dr Inamullah, Sheraz Ashraf, Nadeem Abbas, Muhammad Furqan Maqsud, Qaiser Abbas, Muhammad Jamil, Asad Abbas, Salman Shahid, Usama Bin Suhail, Rizwan, assistant professors Muhammad Arshad, Fazail Ahmed, Dr Naseem Mehmood, Asim Shaheed, junior clerks Muhammad Ramzan, Shahid Mehmood, Khurram Shehzad, Naib Qasids Abdul Rasheed Bilal Hussain, Muhammad Sheraz, dispensers Ghulam Ali Bhatti Nasir Nadeem.

The other negligent staff members are: CTIs Mariyam Waseem and Ambreen of Govt Degree College for Women Hajipura-Sialkot; and junior clerk Shazia Firdous, clerk Rabia Hameed, junior instructor Razia Bagum, Naib Qasid Pervaiz of Govt. Girls Vocational Training Institute; and lecturers Nusrat Tahir, Itrat Khan, Saima Sadaf, CTI Nazia, senior clerk Rehana Kausar and clerk Rehman Yousaf of Govt. College for Women Bhopalwala. The DCO also ordered strict departmental probe against them.

Call to repair dilapidated Daska clinic: The Govt Maternity Healthcare Clinic here is victim of “official negligence” and needs urgent attention of the health officials as it is being run in a dilapidated building whose several walls and roofs have already collapsed partially.

It is only clinic in Daska, providing maternity health services locally. The one—room operation theatre is equipped with rusting surgical instruments and broken wooden furniture. Its roof collapsed two years ago during heavy rains. Since then, no one has yet noticed of critical condition. Neither the collapsed roof has been repaired nor new surgical instruments have yet been provided there.

When contacted, Daska Health Department officials said that they had repeatedly brought the situation into the notice of higher officials of the Health Department, urging them to release needed funds for the repairing of the building, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Ather Lone, president of the Anjuman Tajraan Main Bazaar Daska, Muhammad Jamil Sethi, president of Thinkers’ Forum Daska, Muhammad Muneer Butt, chairman of Citizens’ Rights Protection Forum, Haji Nasir Mehmood Cheema, Malik Muhammad Jamil Akhtar Advocate and local notables have expressed grave concern over the situation. They have urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz and other officers to look into the matter.