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KARACHI: Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman, who heads the Karachi branch of Jamaat-e-Islami, has announced that it will protest the newly held 2020 Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT).
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Rehman also announced his protest against the PTI government’s approval of the census, calling it “hostility towards the Karachi people”.
“If the census is not accurate, people’s right to representation will be affected,” said Rehman. There is strong evidence that Karachi’s population accounts for nearly half of the original, he said.
The JI leader said the 2017 census was a “robbery” of people’s rights.
“Jamaat-e-Islami will start the next stage of protests starting December 26,” added Naeem.
Two days earlier, Rehman said he would approach the court, as a form of solidarity with medical students who demanded that MDCAT be resumed.
At a press conference in the city, he said the commission should carry out an investigation to determine who designed the exam. He said democracy was “slaughtered in the assembly”.
“I will see what Murad Ali Shah does for medical students,” he said.
MDCAT was conducted across the country on November 29 after several delays and hiccups with students especially demanding a suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic and some complaining of changes to the syllabus in a short period of time.
The entrance exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions with candidates given two hours to answer them.
Each MCQ carries five points. This test consists of 80 Biology questions, 60 Chemistry, 40 Physics questions, and 20 English questions.
Following the results that came out on December 16, protests erupted over inaccuracies, with some students calling attention to the fact that they were wrongly marked as absent.
Some students also complained about the mismatch between the scroll number and the name.
The Pakistan Medical Commission then deactivated its results for 30 hours for “reconciliation” and published the results.
The PMC, in a statement said that “less than 2%” of the total number of students taking the exam faced this difficulty and filed a complaint.
“PMC has re-checked and can ensure that 14 marks have been added to the results of each student who took the exam on November 29, 2020. In addition, 7 scores have been added to the results of each student who took the exam as of December 13, 2020,” read the statement that.
“However, no matter how small the number is, the complaint is the main concern of the PMC,” he added.
The government has banned prayer congregations of more than five people as part of its steps to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected more than 5,715 people in Pakistan.
Despite the government’s request to observe social distance, more than 53 senior Rawalpindi and Islamabad clerics belonging to Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia on Monday held a meeting in Jamia Darul Uloom Zakria here to discuss the ban on worshipers, Dawn News reported.
The meeting – attended by scholars representing various seminaries, forbidden groups, forbidden people and political and non-political parties – warned authorities against the ban and said government leaders must abide by religious norms and seek forgiveness.
The warning comes before the government can make plans to stop the spread of COVID-19 during the holy month of Ramazan, which will begin in the last week of April.
Pir Azizur Rehman Hazarvi, president of Jamia Darul Uloom Zakaria in Islamabad, said, “Closing the mosque, closing Friday prayers and Taraweeh cannot be accepted by his countrymen.”
Hazarvi, who is also the protector of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), insisted that to get rid of the virus, it was very important to seek forgiveness from Allah and increase the population in mosques.
A video clip released by scholars on Tuesday showed leaders of various political and non-political organizations – including JUI-F, Aalmi Tanzeem Khatam-i-Nabuwat, seminaries such as Taleem ul Quran Raja Bazar and representatives of the forbidden group Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat – sitting close to each other.
The meeting did not recognize the official direction of a maximum of five people in the mosque for joint prayers because the cleric said that the testing time required more time for prayer and announced that in addition to the five daily prayers, Friday and Taraweeh worshipers would continue.
However, the scholars agreed to take precautions such as the use of hand sanitizers, removing rugs and carpets, washing the floor, cleaning hands with soap and maintaining social distance. Hazarvi said, “Senior scholars have noted that all efforts will be made to avoid clashes and confrontations with government and state institutions.”
Lal Ulema Mosque Maulana Abdul Aziz it also continues to challenge the administrative authority of the Islamabad Region (ICT) of Islamabad by openly deriding the prescribed preventive actions, the report said.
Every week, Aziz releases footage of large congregations gathering for Friday prayers, condemning the restrictions imposed by the government. As a result, the number of mosques organizing large Friday congregations has increased in Islamabad.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Health Services on Tuesday said 342 new COVID-19 cases had been registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,716.
Punjab recorded a maximum number of 2,826 cases, followed by Sindh in 1,452, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 800, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 233, Balochistan 231, Islamabad 131 and Kashmir (PoK) occupied by Pakistan 43.
While 1,378 people have recovered, 96 died and 46 are in critical condition, the ministry said. A total of 69,928 tests have been carried out, including 3,157 over the past 24 hours, he said.
There is no hearing on Good Friday, Easter
LAHORE: The Christian community in City has announced that no trial will be held on Good Friday and Easter after the corona threat. This decision was announced at a meeting of Christian religious leaders chaired by CCPO Zulfiqar Hameed.
The meeting was also attended by Operation DIG Rai Babar Saeed, SSP Operation Muhammad Naveed, SP Bilal Zafar Security, Lahore Bishop Irfan Jamil, Subastian Bishop, Rev. Dr Majid Able and other Christian leaders. The Christian community decided that instead of gathering, followers would join the service through video links or online streaming. Records of the prayer ceremony will be released on the Internet so that the Christian community can perform the ritual while sitting at home.
The CCPO commended the Christian community for adopting the idea of national unity and solidarity, saying that efforts to broadcast live on state TV would be realized. “Good Friday and Easter are big festivals for Christians, but in the context of the Corona pandemic there is no risk of the congregation being taken,” the CCPO said.
“The message of unity, solidarity, prevention and a message of hope must be delivered from the church platform,” he added. At the meeting, Bishop Irfan Jamil also offered a prayer to end the corona disaster.
Meanwhile, all churches in Punjab will remain closed and no prayers will be held there as long as an emergency occurs because of the corona. This was decided at a meeting held at the Cathedral to assess the situation of the corona under the leadership of the Minister of Human Rights and Minority of Nature Ijaz Augustine.
MPA Haroon Imran Gill, Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, Bishop Irfan Jamil, Rev. Dr. Majid Abel, Father Shaukat Anwar Fazal and Father Liaquat Qaiser were among other church officials. But the government allows online prayer.