Pakistan: IIUI rector on leave: Personal decision or Saudi pressure?

"“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." (thanks Junaid)

Posted on May 13, 2012 by As'ad