PU Students Caught Over Plans To Use Donations For Own Use
LAHORE: A group of students from the Punjab University, who had collected donations amounting to Rs 0.5 million for flood victims, have been busted after they had planned to use the money for personal use, Daily Times has learnt.
As many as five students from the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) had set up a flood-relief camp after getting permission from the department administration. They collected almost Rs 0.5 million in donations. However, the authorities and Islami Jamiat Taliba (IJT) said that the students in question were planning to buy a new car with the money they had collected in the name of donations.
According to sources, just as the students were about to buy a new car, one of them disclosed the scam and informed a student group of the IJT about their plans, which led to the capture of Tariq Bashir, a student, and recovery of Rs 97,000 from his possession.
The IJT information secretary confirmed that the group had caught one student and recovered Rs 97,000 from his possession, adding that the ICS administration was aware of the entire scam being perpetrated by the students.
He said they had recovered the scammed money and handed it over to PU ICS Director Ahsan Akhtar Naz, who asked them to submit the donations to the Alkhidmat Foundation, a Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) subsidiary working for social welfare. He said that they did not further inquire the matter as the ICS administration had decided to handle the issue themselves.
PU Students Adviser Iftikhar Chaudhry said that although the students of the varsity were engaged in fund-raising activities, the whole process was being conducted transparently and was being officially monitored.
The PU ICS director said that although the students concerned were from his department, he could not be held responsible for what they did outside the department, adding that he would not be holding any inquiry into the matter.
Also, students at the varsity have demanded that the PU VC ask the ICS director why he had not brought to light the incident and why had he ordered the IJT to submit the donation to a JI camp, as the varsity administration should decide where the money goes.