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NUST Rector Says Activists Running ‘Fifth Generation Warfare’ Against Him, Files Complaint

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National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Rector Lt Gen (r) Naweed Zaman has filed a defamation case in the Federal Investigation Agency under the cybercrime act against 20 people for alleged ‘mudslinging’.

In a statement on Sunday, the rector said he had been bearing with the ‘mudslinging’ despite the fact that the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had categorically denied any such allegations way back in April 2016, and termed these ‘rumours mala fide’.

He said he had registered a complaint in 2017, but no action was taken against the suspects and the malicious campaign had continued.

The NUST rector termed the campaign against him a part of the fifth-generation warfare to put the senior leadership of armed forces in bad light, creating a division between the army and the people.

Referring to the campaign’s resurgence, he said he has moved the FIA against 20 individuals who were in the forefront, belonging to a mix of “anti-state elements”, those with vested agendas, including some activists belonging to a political party.

Last week, NUST students started a Twitter trend against the university for demanding students to pay hostel fees – Rs40 thousand per semester – even though the hostels had been closed since March.

The NUST administration’s directives also came as a violation of the Higher Education Commission’s orders that had directed the varsities to charge tuition fees only, implying that students were exempted from other dues.



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