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Karachi University prof's manhandling issue | DCET floor sealed

Judge orders SHO to lodge KU prof's FIR
Karachi, April 8, 2008: District and Sessions Judge East Abdul Rehman Bhatti ordered SHO Mubina Town PS on Monday to lodge an FIR according to the statement made by Prof Riaz Ahmed of the University of Karachi, who was allegedly beaten by Pakistan Rangers officials on April 2.

The court had earlier heard counsel for Prof Riaz, who filed an application under Section 22 A of the CrPC, seeking direction to the police to lodge an FIR of the alleged incident.

The professor maintained that earlier in the day, two student groups had clashed at the university and while he was leaving the campus from the Silver Jubilee Gate, he was stopped and misbehaved with even though he showed his identity card issued by the KU administration.

He said that when he went to the police station with jurisdiction, the police officer present there refused to lodge his complaint.

After hearing the counsel for the applicant, the court admitted the application and directed the SHO to record an FIR of the alleged incident according to the professor's statement.

Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed was already booked in a case lodged by the Rangers official. KU remained closed Monday as a backlash from the teachers' community was feared after the police sided with the other party.

Sindh Govt forms body to probe KU incident: The Sindh Government has formed a committee to investigate the incident in which a KU professor was beaten by the Rangers on April 2. The committee will be headed by the Sindh Chief Secretary and will include the Sindh Police Inspector General and the Sindh Home Secretary. They will submit their findings within two days.

KU meeting reviews security situation at the campus: A meeting was held under the chairmanship of KU's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqi, to review the security situation at the campus after a clash between two rival student groups on April 5.

The meeting discussed the short term and long term arrangements to ensure adequate security for academic peace. It was decided that only teaching will remain suspended on April 8, while the public dealing offices and other routine affairs will work normally. app/nni

Investigation into manhandling of KU teacher sought
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Attaur Rahman on Monday took serious note of the incident in which a Karachi University professor was beaten up by the rangers.

Prof Rahman has requested the vice-chancellor Karachi University to hold a free and independent enquiry so that the truth could be established.

Newspapers have published two different versions of the incident. Prof Riaz Ahmed states that he was badly beaten up when he tried to enter the university premises.

However, rangers say Prof Riaz Ahmed attacked their member and broke his finger.

Prof Attaur Rahman stated that teachers belonged to the noblest of professions and due respect must be given to them by all members of the society, including the police and rangers.

Meanwhile, the Student Action Committee (SAC) Rawalpin-di/Islamabad has strongly condemned the beating up of the Karachi University professor.

In a statement issued here, it said that the presence of rangers personnel on university campuses such as Karachi University makes the restoration of student unions impossible as the presence of armed forces spreads fear and inhibits the emergence of a democratic culture.

Nazish Zahoor of SAC said that the beating up of a respected academician such as Dr Riaz should have induced a serious reaction on the part of the new government but the Ministry of Education and the Higher Education Commission have been virtually silent on the whole affair.

She said that the Rangers beat up Dr Riaz for no apparent reason and had subsequently filed a completely baseless FIR against him even though Dr Riaz was clearly the aggrieved party.

She said that the authorities concerned need to take action immediately, expelling those officials responsible for this act of gangsterism and simultaneously ordering the removal of all paramilitary forces from university and college campuses across the country.

Nazish Zahoor said that in any case the government needs to develop a code of conduct for student politics. Dawn

Teaching at KU to remain suspended today
Karachi: As the University of Karachi (KU) decided that teaching activities at the varsity will remain suspended for one more day on Tuesday (today) the university administration is facing a tough time to find alternative security arrangements at the campus that is need of the hour as the Rangers surprisingly abandoned their security positions at the university last week.

A meeting at the KU on Monday evening with its vice-chancellor in the chair after reviewing the law and order situation at the campus decided that only teaching will remain suspended on April 8.

However, the offices for public dealing and other routine affairs at the campus will work normally during the day. In the aftermath of strong reaction of the university teachers over beating up of one of their senior colleagues on March 31 at the hands of the Rangers'

personnel deputed at the university the Rangers silently abandoned their deployments at entry, exit, and other sensitive points of the KU campus on Friday evening.

A relevant official of the KU informed The News on Saturday evening that he was not officially communicated by the Rangers' officials about their decision to suddenly withdraw from various security positions at the campus.

Registrar KU, Prof Rais Alvi, said after 2pm on Monday that so far the university administration had not finalised its decision whether or not to invoke once again the support of the Rangers at the campus for maintaining the security situation at the campus.

He said the university administration was in contact with the Rangers' officials about the evolving situation at the campus. An official of the university informed The News that on Monday when the academic activities were not in progress at the varsity the Rangers were not seen resuming their security functions at the campus.

The official said that given the evolving situation of the security situation and other related affairs at the campus it would take a day or two more for the Rangers' high-ups when they decided to resume their security functions at the campus.

A senior faculty-member of the KU said that the Rangers just abandoning their security posts at the campus would remain a meaningless act on the part of paramilitary force, that had been persisting at the university campuses for one decade, until they did not withdraw themselves from the buildings and portion of the KU campus they had been occupying since long for the purpose of setting up their headquarters, other offices, and accommodation of the Rangers' formation at the campus.

A press release issued by the KU administration on Monday said that a meeting at the university with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui in the chair reviewed in detail the law and order and security situation at the campus following a clash involving two rival groups on Saturday (April 5).

The meeting in particular discussed the long- and short-term arrangements to ensure adequate security at the campus for the lasting academic peace. Different alternatives in this regard were reviewed, said the press release.

Secretary of Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS), Dr Abid Husnain, said the relations of the university teachers with the paramilitary forces would only be normalised

when the Rangers high-ups decided to withdraw immediately the FIR they had lodged against the victimised senior faculty-member of the KU and also initiate a probe against the Rangers personnel involved in the incident of beating up on March 31 to the satisfaction of protesting members of the KU faculty. The News

KBCA seals ground floor of DCET
Karachi: The Karachi Building Control Authority staff has sealed ground floor of the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) located at plot No. JM-498 in Jamshed Quarters.

As per the KBCA press release issued on Monday, a demolition squad, in compliance with the court orders, also razed illegally built structures in North Nazimabad.

They pulled down shutters, demolished partition walls built in violation of building laws at the third floor of plot No. 93, Block 3, Roheel Khand Society. They also razed walls and RCC roofs constructed at plot No. SC-6, Block A North Nazimabad.

The first floor of plot No. B-81, Block F and other structures built on the rear were also demolished. They also removed shutters of shops at plot No. A-242, in block A in the same area.

The KBCA demolition squad sealed a CNG-filling station and generator room at plot No. PP-171 in block 13/C of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. Separately, a squad razed the roof and partition walls built at the third floor of plot No. 10, street No 13 of block-5 in Liaquatabad. Illegal roof and partition walls constructed at the third floor of a plot No. 10/4 in block 5-D in Nazimabad were also demolished. ppi
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