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We condemn Saudi Arabian ambassador’s meddling in International Islamic University, Islamabad

Sources say Saudi ambassador in Pakistan unhappy with rector’s liberal and pluralistic policies.

صدر پاکستان جناب آصف علی زرداری، وزیراعظم پاکستان جناب یوسف رضا گیلانی کے نام

آج ہم میں سے ہر پاکستانی اس تشویش میں مبتلا ہے کہ کیا واقعی ہم ایک آزاد ملک کے آزاد شہری ہیں۔ کیا ہمیں اپنی مرضی سے جینے کا حق حاصل ہے یا اپنی مرضی سے اپنے موقف بیان کرنے کا اور اپنی مرضی سے تعلیم حاصل کرنے کا حق حاصل ہے ؟ اگر یہ حق حاصل ہے تو پھر ہماری داخلہ و خارجہ پالیسیاں ہماری خواہشات کے مطابق کیوں نہیں ۔ پہلے تو ہم صرف اسے عالمی سیاست اور ملکی مفادات کا حصہ سمجھ کر برداشت کرلیتے تھے کہ ہمارے حکمران جو چاہے جیسے بھی ہیں

لیکن کم از کم اس ملک و قوم کے غدار نہیں ہیں نے یہ فیصلے سوچ سمجھ کر ہی کئے ہونگے لیکن اب تو حد ہی ہوگئی کہ ہمارے نامور تعلیمی ادارے بھی عالمی سیاست کی بھینٹ چڑھتے ہوئے نظر آرہے ہیں۔ بین الاقوامی اسلامی یونیورسٹی کے ریکٹر فتح محمد ملک کوکس گناہ کی پاداش میں عہدے سے جبری طور پر ہٹایا گیا۔ کیا ان کا ناقابل معافی جرم یہ ہے کہ یونیورسٹی میں ثقافتی ہفتہ کے موقع پر انھوں نے ایک ایسے برادر ہمسائیہ ملک ایران کے سفیر کو بطور مہمان خصوصی مدعو کیا کہ جس ملک کے ساتھ ہماری سرحدیں طے شدہ ہیں ۔ جس کا بین الاقوامی کردار اور امت مسلمہ کے حوالے سے ٹھوس موقف آج دنیا بھر کے مسلمانوں میں مقبول ہی۔ وہ ملک کہ جس نے تمام اسلامی ریاستوں کو خودی اور خوداعتمادی کا عملی نمونہ پیش کیا ۔ ایران کے یہ سفیر حال ہی میں پاکستان آئے ہیں۔ شعبہ تعلیم میں ان کی دلچسپی کا اندازہ یہاں سے بھی لگایا جاسکتا ہے کہ اس مختصر مدت میں ہی انھوں نے قائداعظم یونیورسٹی، نمل یونیورسٹی سمیت کئی تعلیمی اداروں کا انتہائی مصروف شیڈول کے باوجود دورہ کیا ۔

جہاں تک پروفیسر فتح ملک کی شخصیت کی بات ہے وہ نہ صرف طلباء میں بلکہ تدریس و نظامت کے اعلیٰ حلقوں میں علم و دانش کی علامت سمجھے جاتے ہیں اور ثقافتی ہفتہ کے موقع پر انھوں نے ایران کے سفیر کا انتخاب نہایت غور و فکر کے بعد ہی کیا ہوگا۔ کیا یہ واضح حقیقت نہیں ہے کہ پاکستان اور ایران کی ثقافت ، تہذیب، تمدن ، تاریخ جڑواں بہنوں جیسی ہیں ۔ کیا ہماری قومی زبان ایران کی قومی زبان فارسی سے قریب ترین ہی۔ کیا ہمارے قومی ہیرو ’’علامہ اقبال ‘‘ دونوں ملکوںکے سانجھی ہیں ۔ کیا علامہ اقبال پاکستان سے زیادہ اقبال لاہوری کے نام سے ایران میں زیادہ مقبول ہیں۔ اگر تعلیمی حوالے سے جائزہ لیا جائے تو یہ بھی حقیقت ہے کہ اس ملک (ایران) نے ہرطرح کی پابندیوں کے باوجود تعلیمی شعبہ میں انقلابی ترقی کی ہے ۔ اس سے بھی بڑھ کر ایرانی صدر احمدی نثراد جو کہ پاکستان کی نوجوان نسل کے لیے ایک ہیرو کا درجہ رکھتے ہیں کے نمائندے (ایرانی سفیر) سے ملاقات اور گفتگو طالب علموں کے لیے کسی نعمت سے کم تو نہ تھی ۔ کیا ریکٹر فتح ملک کا یہ جرم اتنا ہی سنگین تھا کہ برادر اسلامی ملک سعودی عرب کے سفارتکاروں کو باقاعدہ طور پر آپ سے رابطہ کرکے ریکٹر کومنصب سے ہٹانے کی سفارش کی گئی۔ کیا اب ہم اپنے حکمرانوں سے یہ بھی امید رکھیں کہ ہمارے اساتذہ کی تقرری کے فیصلے بھی بیرونی دبائو پر صادر کئے جائیں گی۔

ہم بحیثیت طالب علم سعودی سفارتخانہ کے اس اقدام کو اپنے ملک کے داخلی معاملات میں بلاجواز مداخلت تصور کرتے ہیں اور آپ کی اخبار کی وساطت سے ان کے علم میں یہ بات لانا چاہتے ہیں کہ ہم ایک زندہ اور باشعور قوم ہیں ہم نے فیصلہ کرنا ہے کہ ہمیں کس ملک کے کس کردار سے متاثر ہونا ہی۔ عالمی سطح پر ہم نے کس شخصیت کو اپنا ہیرو تصور کرنا ہی۔ سونے کے تار کے لباس پہن کر ہیروں کے نولکھے ہار کے تحفے دینے والے اسلامی رہنمائوں سے یا بناء بستر کے سادہ غذا کھا کے پھٹے لباس میں سڑک پر نماز ادا کرنے والے ایک اسلامی صد ر سی۔ہمارے اساتذہ ہمارے رہنما ہیں اور کوئی بھی فرد اپنے رہنماء کی تذلیل کی اجازت نہیں دے سکتا ۔

جناب صدر جناب وزیراعظم

ہماری اپیل ہے کہ خدارا تعلیمی اداروں کو بیرونی اثرات کا میدان جنگ مت بنائیں۔ اور قابل احترام ریکٹر فتح ملک کی جبری رخصتی کے احکامات واپس لیکر انھیں اپنے عہدے پر بحال کریں۔ کیونکہ آپ کا یہ متنازعہ فیصلہ ملک میں ایک نئے بحران کو جنم دے گا جس میں براہ راست طالب علم شامل ہونگی۔ اور آپ کو تو علم ہے کہ پاکستان میں سب سے زیادہ تعد اد نوجوانوں اور طالب علموں کی ہے ۔ شکریہ

Source: IIU Students’ Press Release

IIUI rector on leave: Personal decision or Saudi pressure?
By Peer Muhammad

Source: Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Diplomatic pressure may have had a strong bearing on International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik’s decision to go on indefinite leave, sources say. Although dispelling the impression that he had been removed from office, Professor Malik admitted that he was going on indefinite leave on behalf of Pakistan’s Iqbal Academy.

“I have received the notification from the presidency about my ex-Pakistan leave and the Quaid-e-Azam University vice chancellor will perform additional duties as rector in my absence,” Professor Malik told The Express Tribune. Malik said that he had offered his resignation to the president himself in case certain people were unhappy with him or were exerting pressure, but the president did not accept his offer. The professor said he was supposed to deliver lectures on Iqbal in different foreign universities and that his leave application had been pending for a while.
However, the rector also admitted that complaints were made by some faculty members of the Arabic department against him to the Saudi embassy, which were then forwarded to the presidency.

Sources said that the Saudi diplomatic mission was unhappy with the rector over his “liberal policies”, particularly when it came to accommodating members of the Shia community. “During the recent cultural week held at the university, the Saudi embassy asked the rector to not invite the Iranian ambassador and his wife to the event, but the rector refused to comply,” the source added.

The sources pointed out that the Saudis also questioned the rector’s moves to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Iranian universities. They also complained to President Asif Ali Zardari saying that the university was not being run according to the objectives for which it was established during Ziaul Haq’s regime, and that “enlightened moderation” was being promoted instead.

During the 1980s, the IIUI’s prime objective was to teach Sharia during the Afghan war against the Soviet Union.
Professor Malik said that some elements wanted to turn the university into a “Jamat-e-Islami University”, but his stance was different. “Islam has many interpretations and some people of traditional thinking are propagating that I am going to promote an agenda and bring changes in the university culture,” he maintained.
“It is not the Zia era, the political reality has changed and we need the latest knowledge and technology to compete with the world,” he emphasised.

When contacted, presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that there was no information about the resignation or removal of the rector as far his information is concerned. “We issue the notification and I should have known if there was such a development. I also found out from a news ticker being carried by a TV channel,” he maintained.
Despite repeated attempts, comments from the Saudi embassy could not be obtained.

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  • Saudi Ambassador might have intervened but Professor Fateh Malik was dismissed upon direct orders of President Asif Zardari:

    On uttering ‘indecent’ words about Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan’s close friend, Rector of International Islamic University, Islamabad has been sent on ‘vacations.’
    According to local news agency INP, Fateh Muhammad Malik used indecent words against the kingdom and its leadership while meeting with a delegation belonging to a country considered to be anti-Saudi state.
    Just after the meeting, ambassador of Saudi Arabia complained to the president Asif Ali Zardari and sent tape recording as a proof to the presidency.
    Malik is also a leading literary critic, chairman of the Pakistani National Language Authority and an expert of Iqbaliat (Study of Iqbal).
    According to the agency, at first the president terminated Fateh Malik but later on the intervention of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik sent him on vacation.
    “Deputy chairman of National Data Registration Authority (NADRA) Tariq Malik, who is son Fateh Malik, approached Rehman Malik to stop termination of his father,” it added.
    Vice Chancellor of Quad-e-Azam University Dr. Masom Yasin Zai has been give additional charge of Islamic University.

    http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/05/15/fateh-muhammad-malik-sent-on-vacation-over-remarks-about-saudi-arabia/#.T7VLDevOxnE

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    Bilal Abbas

    What a shame that all this is happening under the nose of a ‘progressive, moderate, secular’ party in government! Why do we allow our land to become the battleground for proxy wars?! We must shun the petro-dollar and do things our own way.

    Yasir Abbas

    Pity A NATION!
    It is in fact at this very decision that our honorable law makers, legislators and implementors shold refer to khalil jibran instead of a decision which still has many contitutional options for PM. The educationsits, who are enlightened, moderate and visionary are kept away because dont follow the “foreign agendas” and dont accept “foreign fundings”. Doesnt it show that our worthy “Oil Producers” are the colony of america and we are their colony. Yesterday honourable King of SA terminated one of his advisors because he had opposed “Free-Mixing” of men and women,.But when the Same Free Mixing took place in IIUI’s Cultural Week and a couple of Mushaeras and seminars, the honourable Pundits of Islam felt dangers and got the Rector IIUI to his doom.
    I wonder, if Nawaz Sharif’s instance was not enough to show that saudis are penetrating rather too much into our academia to promote “particular shariah of Monarchs”.I wonder, if our honourable ambassedor to Saudi Arabia could also glimple into and influecne the saudi universities?
    So, it is proven that people like Prof.Fateh Muhammad Malik, who ardently believe in Pakistanism (as their books show) are not acceptable to our power structures bacause they dont follow forighn agendas and promote Pakistaniat.
    Pity the nation

    Ahmee
    May 13, 2012 – 7:24PM
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    Hell Crap…One can not deny Saudi’s role in our affairs…they should mind their own business and let us live the way we want to live…what about their Autocratic system of governance? What royal family that fought along side Britishers to disintegrate Muslim Khilafat? Do you not see how they treat Pakistanis there?
    With all the respect to the land Saudi Arabia…let their rulers know to mind their own house and stop horning in our affairs…
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    Qadri
    May 14, 2012 – 2:20AM
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    Well I am an old IIUI student and its an open secret how Saudies are forcing their bankrupt policies to this big university of Pakistan. They have made it biggest pro Saudi madersa in Pak instead of an institution excelling science and technology in Pakistan. Jamat Islami is being used for this ugly game and they have installed Jamati on several layers in University. These guys use young boys with danda bardar group to enforce their version of world view and Islam. Its a public university and Pakistan must take it back where all sections of Pakistan can represent themselves.
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    Ali
    May 14, 2012 – 4:28AM
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    Rector IIUI is Very Nice and Good for Students, He is sincere man , The new rector from QAU is well known Corrput Person,
    Rector is true , The organization wants to convert IIUI to Jamat e Islami University,
    And to some extent there is Parallel Administration Lead by IJT in IIUI…
    they use to take action against any one with out informing administration, They attacked many Students in IIUI, some injured, few lost senses last time too, Legs head, Broken,
    Some terrorists live n IIU too, Many Members of IJT are every time missing from classes, and dont know where they goes days and days,…
    tHE islamic militants wants to run this university as per there mind,,,
    and Raise slogan of SAY NO TO SECULARISM ,
    THEY attacked many Balochistan Students many times.. and help of Allah the Jamaites were beaten too much,,, and run away,,
    Actuallay The Islamic Militants, there Parents i.e Saudi .. dont want to allow any Modern technology, Studying opportunity, Culture of IIUI,
    they r trying to destroy IIUI and wasting students Money and time..
    Authorties should take actions against Political Organizations, and ban them must,,,
    Students should focus on education only, and have good secular Culture, where every one can have right to express his ideas…
    Co-education is not neccessory, but Male 7 female students should given more oppurtuniites to develp there skills..

  • IIUI rector changeup: ‘Higher learning institutes should not be run on foreign diktats’
    By Peer Muhammad
    Published: May 14, 2012

    Educators, scholars outraged by alleged influence of foreign envoy. PHOTO: APP
    ISLAMABAD: Concern and outrage sum up the reactions of notable scholars and educators over the alleged interference of a foreign nation in the policies of Pakistan’s educational institutes.
    Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI) Rector Fateh Muhammad Malik took indefinite ex-Pakistan leave last week, allegedly due to pressure from the Saudi Ambassador for his removal. Scholars on Sunday said educational institutions are the key to build a progressive society and there should not be interference from any country, be it Saudi Arabia, Iran or the US.
    “Our educational policies should be sovereign and sans the dictations of any foreign forces,” said Iftikhar Arif, a renowned scholar and poet.
    He said that nobody should order us which school of Islam to follow or what syllabus should be in our institutions.
    “Professor Fateh Malik is a true Muslim and does not need the certification of any party or country as he follows the religion of Prophet Muhammad and the philosophies of Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam,” he added. He added that both Iran and Saudi Arabia are brotherly countries that Pakistan respects, and they should in turn respect our sovereignty as far as our policies are concerned.
    Writer Ashfaq Saleem Mirza said that being a sovereign country, we should not accept any dictation to formulate our educational policies or other issues.
    He condemned the entire system for being polluted by external interference “whether it is foreign policy, security policy or even tax policy”.
    Writer Harris Khalique said, “Historically, the Indo-Gangetic civilisation had largely resolved the long-standing sectarian conflicts in the subcontinent, which Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia and Iran have not been able to do.” He added that the proxy Saudi Arabia-Iran war in the past two decades has resulted in the current sectarian strife and violence in Pakistan.
    “Educational institutions are the key to building societies and nations and should be freed from foreign interference and from the menace of sectarianism,” he said.
    He suggested that IIUI be set on modern lines by changing its charter in view of the changing scenario. “[IIUI] is the only university in the country where there are segregated campuses for men and women. Despite that, there were deadly suicide bombings [orchestrated by religious extremists] there,” he added.
    Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2012.

  • Sarah, you are very, very wrong here. I did not expect YOU to write such a banal piece. You should not have condemned the Saudi ambassador. You should have condemned Asif Zardari. He is the most shameless man alive in Pakistan.

  • there are some questions to be asked from those who are showing their sympathies with ex-rector: Is good moral character enough to run the affairs of university? Do we need skills and good intent to run university or is it just based on morality? prof. sb, with all the due respect for him, was a literary critic. He was never known for academic and research, so do we need a researcher for promoting research culture in university???
    what about the sex scandals ( particularly of highly ranked librarian which also has video proof) that shattered university’s reputation. Also, some other shameless activities going on in university premises. Never was any action taken by rector… Talking about Jamati politics, what about promoting ppp in university? The university didn’t have permanent university president for more than two years, why rector had not called meeting of board of trusties to appoint president of university? (rector wanted to exercise the authority of president, or is there any other reason)
    i think the “liberals’ agenda” was spoiled, the cruel wish was not fulfilled…thankfully though….and certainly some of the comments here are not by insiders, outsiders commenting on university issues as if they were the owned the university and some ‘QABZA GROUP” snatched it from there clutches…And yes, we welcome Pro chancellor on joining university….

  • Pakistan is like a “Rent a Car” company, where you can rent anything that you wish.
    1. “Rent the Pakistan Military”.. USA have been renting this military since British lost its renting power in 1947.
    2. “Rent a Madrassah” Saudi Arabia and Iran have been renting madrassas all across the country particularly after 1980.
    3. “Rent a Government” IMF and World bank have been renting the government to earn more interests on their loans.
    3. “Rent a Student” Pakistan,s political parties have been renting its university students to decorate and organise the places for their speeches to the Nation.
    4. “Rent a Journalist”. Financial tycoons have been renting prestigious journalists to expand their economic empire..
    5. “Rent a Honorable Judge”. Criminals and breakers of constitution have been renting Respected Judiciary to validate their Marshal Laws.
    So why we are crying for Saudi intervention, “Is government of Pakistan able to pay the salaries and other expenses of IIUI without donation of Saudi?? If yes then we can stop its intervention… If not, then the Beggers have no right to ask Donars “Plz dont intervene in my matters”…