Balochistan University pro VC shot dead
QUETTA, April 23, 2008: Unidentified men shot dead the acting pro vice-chancellor
of Balochistan University outside his Sariab Toad house on Tuesday, police said.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a banned Baloch separatist group,
claimed responsibility for the killing.
Capital City Police Officer
Muhammad Akbar said that Professor Dr Safdar Kiyani was taking a
routine walk outside his house at about 7pm when unidentified men riding a
motorcycle fired three shots at him, injuring his head and back. He died on the
Kiyani, a Botany professor from Rahim Yar Khan, had been the
university's dean of students' affairs and was expected to be appointed the new
vice chancellor. A spokesman for the BLA, which has been engaged in the targeted
killing of Punjabi-speaking professionals, telephoned newspaper offices and
claimed responsibility for the professor's killing. Daily Times
Murder of Balochistan varsity VC condemned
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association has
condemned the murder of Balochistan University Vice-Chancellor Prof Safdar
PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Salik and
Secretary-General Prof Dr Mehr Saeed Akhtar said the association would hold a
symbolic funeral for Prof Kiyani at PU administration block masjid at 1:15pm on
They have appealed to the university teachers to
participate in the funeral prayers.
They said Prof Kiyani was appointed
vice-chancellor of the Balochistan University just two days ago after the
removal of a "matriculate VC". The PU would observe three-day mourning, they
"certain elements are trying to sabotage the university educational system"
City, Country: Quetta, Pakistan
"An independence movement trying to gain momentum by killing teachers! How much more stupid can you be? And how would they celebrate independence once they do gain it? By burning books? "
Name: Noor Baloch
City, Country: Anaheim, California