PESHAWAR: The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, taking advantage of rules, has served notice on Islamia College University Peshawar to close down Pashto department immediately. In line with rules of business, the government of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa is all set to issue notification in this regard with in a couple of days to shut the department of Pashto language and litrature. The HEC while taking benifit of the rules has asked the university for ceasing the functions of the department for having not enrolled a minimum thirty students that is the preliminary requirement for running any department. It is said that the university administration failed to meet that principal need and housing students even bellow twenty per class.
The main reason behind this failure is said to be the years long captivity of the vice chancellor, Professor Ajmal Khan in Waziristan by the Taliban that suffered the overall performance of the university. It is also a matter of grave concern that Pashtoon youth is not taking interest in mother tounge as it’s not a language of commerce, science and technology. Keeping in view that Pakhtoon main land had been converted into a battle field, the rules could have been relaxed. It is to be remembered that two days before the issuance of notice by the HEC, the PTI government has distributed thirty thousands rupees per head in a large number of men of pen that has been doubted by many as political bribe for keeping the mouths shut.
By Khalid Khan