SC to take up reopening of Aisha Bawany College case on Sept 23 Classes remain closed on fifth day

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan is to take up the matter of reopening of Aisha Bawany Government College on September 23, as the government officials earlier vowed to open the college while terming loss of education intolerable.

The apex court will conduct hearing on the issue on September 23 after the trust officials refused to open the premises despite a court order.

On Tuesday (yesterday), a large number of students reached the college premises to attend the classes when they were denied entry into the premises.

Earlier, Sindh High Court (SHC) had ordered the reopening of the college after suspending a lower court’s order that issued directives to seal the premises while hearing a plea filed by the trust.

A brawl broke out between the government officials and Aisha Bawanay Trust when members of trust body refused t open the gates amid presence of large number of students.

Meanwhile, the classes in Aisha Bawany College could not be resumed on the fifth day as students and teachers conducted the lessons on road outside the institution on Wednesday.

The future of as many as 1050 students is at stake as the dispute between the trust administration and government could not be resolved. Protests are also being carried out against the administration.

The faculty members and pupils sat in front of the main gate of the college that has been welded together to keep it shut, and started the classes there.

Teachers are also worried over the uncertain future of their students, and the disciples are requesting the administration to reopen the college in order to save their academic year.

Let it be known that the conflict erupted between Aisha Bawany Trust and education department over non-payment of Rs 50,000 per month as rent which had accumulated to Rs8,400,000.

Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar vowed to have the college opened as he said the loss of education was intolerable.

On the flip side, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also took the notice of the incident and called for immediate reopening of the college.

The trust officials maintained that the court’s bailiff had ordered the sealing of the court and the college administration is wrongly been accused of sealing the college.

Meanwhile, education department officials blame the trust for sealing the premises.