Friday, December 12, 2003

Botanical garden controversy

Professor Zulfiqar Gilani, Vice Chancellor of Peshawar University, in his letter (Dawn 10 December) makes a sweeping statement when he says,"To set the record straight,there is no botanical garden [on the Islamia college campus] and there never was none (sic)."

Not true!

I am not sure if there is a botanical garden now but I know for certain that there was one in the 1950s and 60s. I was a student of Islamia College Peshawar from 1953 to 1956 and lived in the Hardinge hostel. The Botanical Garden was located next to our hostel, and everyone living in the Hardinge, icluding Mr. Gilani's elder brother, Iftekhar Gilani, could not have missed seeing it. Later, when I was teaching at the university in the 1960's the Botanical garden was still there. The vice chancellor needs to look at the record before setting it straight.

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