HYDERABAD: The Sindh University (SU) administration has cancelled provisional admission of Naureen Leghari – a second year MBBS student of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) who had joined proscribed Daesh in 2017 – on the ground that she could be a risk for other students.

Naureen had undergone a rehabilitation treatment after she was arrested in Lahore in the wake of an encounter between some militants and personnel of the local Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).

She had disappeared on Feb 10, 2017 and her father, Dr Jabbar Leghari, an SU teacher, had called for her recovery during a a press conference. However, it later transpired that she had joined Daesh.

After being recovered, Naureen underwent rehabilitation treatment under the supervision of law-enforcement agencies. Her family did not share much details after she reunited with them. She resumed her studies at LUMHS until her admission was revoked in March 2019.

LUMHS registrar told Dawn on Tuesday that Leghari had submitted an application on Feb 22 for the cancellation of her admission which was accepted on March 1.

Naureen had also appeared in SU’s entry test for English department and was given provisional admission. She had attended classes until it emerged that it was the same woman who had been trapped by Daesh. When the fact was reported to the SU administration, it moved against her on certain administrative and admission policy grounds.

The SU vice chancellor stated that Naureen’s name did not appear in the final list of admission because she had not submitted certain documents. “Then there was concealment of facts as well; she did not disclose that she was a student of LUMHS,” the VC said, adding: “I know that her admission was cancelled after LUMHS academic council disapproved it for her alleged links with a proscribed outfit.”

Published in Dawn, May 22nd, 2019

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