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Teachers, students flay Balochistan University VC's killing

Lahore, April 24, 2008: The killing of the newly-appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Balochistan University Dr Safdar Kiyani was widely condemned by the students and teachers of various universities of the city on Wednesday who also demanded a thorough investigation into the incident.

The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) staged a protest demonstration to condemn the murder of the VC. A protest demonstration was staged after the PU teachers and students offered funeral prayers of late Dr Safdar Kiyani at the New Campus. The participants of the protest demonstration termed the incident a conspiracy against teachers.

Speaking on the occasion, PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Salik and Secretary Dr Mehar Saeed Akhtar said peace in educational institutes could not be achieved unless those involved in the tragic incident were punished. They expressed their solidarity with the teachers and students of the Balochistan University, adding that black flags would be hoisted at different important points of the university to mourn over the sad demise of the VC. The PU faculty and students hoped that the investigatory agencies would fulfil their responsibilities by bringing the culprits to justice without any delay.

Various studentsí organizations, including the Insaaf Students Federation (ISF) and the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), also condemned the killing of the VC of the Balochistan University. The ISF activists also staged a protest demo outside the Lahore Press Club. The Teaching Staff Association (TSA) of the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) denounced the VCís murder, saying the killing was a conspiracy to sabotage the peaceful environment of the university.

The VC of the Government College University (GCU), deans of various faculties and administrative staff expressed grief over the sad demise of Dr Safdar Kiyani who was an Old Ravian.

Meanwhile, according to a press release, on the call of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), different teachersí associations at various universities, including the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, and the Islamia University, Bahawalpur, offered funeral prayers of the slain VC and later staged protest demonstrations to condemning the incident. The News

Large-scale arrests in connection with VC murder
Quetta: Police made large-scale arrests in Quetta on Wednesday over the murder of Pro Vice Chancellor of Balochistan University, Professor Dr Safdar Kiyani, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Mohamamd Akbar told Daily Times. Police sources are refusing to disclose the exact number of those detained. Arrests were made in the Sariab, Shalkot, Brewery and Saddar areas of the provincial capital, the CCPO said. "We are interrogating all the arrested people but no breakthrough has been made yet," he said. Independent sources say the number of arrests made could be as high as 60. Daily Times

Balochistan varsity VC resigns
Quetta: The vice-chancellor and director general of human resource of the Balochistan University have resigned in protest against a decision of the governor-cum-chancellor to review cases of two sacked teachers.

Major (retd) Tahir Qazi confirmed that he and Vice-Chancellor Brig (retd) Agha Gul Ahmed had submitted their resignations to Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi on April 21.

He said the university administration had dismissed Agha Mohammad Nasir, lecturer in the university's Urdu department, and Zakir Hussain Jadoon, former principal of the Quetta Law College, in accordance with rules and regulations. He said the former governor-cum-chancellor had also endorsed the decision.

Mr Tahir said that Nawab Magsi had earlier ordered a review of the cases, but later retained the dismissal decision of the university administration.

The sacked teachers went on hunger strike on April 14 against the decision. The governor invited the teachers for a meeting at the Governor's House on Wednesday, but the meeting could not be held because of the murder of the pro vice-chancellor of the university on Tuesday.

Mr Tahir said he and the vice-chancellor had resigned because they wanted to uphold rules and regulations and maintain discipline in the campus. Dawn
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