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KU teacher's 'thrashing' judicial probe demanded

Demand for judicial probe into KU teacher's 'thrashing'
Karachi, April 03, 2008: "The Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS) demands an independent judicial inquiry into the incident of a KU teacher being beaten up. This was decided by KUTS following a misleading statement issued by the Rangers' PRO," KUTS General-Secretary Dr Abid Hasnain said while announcing the unanimous decision taken in the executive council meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting was called to discuss the future course of action regarding the incident that took place on March 31 in which a university professor, Dr Riaz Ahmed, was thrashed by Rangers' officers. The executive council members condemned the statement issued by the Rangers' spokesman and said it was "misleading and false."

"The Rangers' spokesman denied and contorted the incident altogether. The incident was witnessed by numerous students and employees of KU," said Dr Hasnain.

He said the meeting discussed the "contradictory behaviour" the Rangers had adopted. "A day earlier, one of the Rangers' officers stated in an interview that the Rangers' personnel involved had been suspended, arrested and put into the KU Jail," he said. "Some senior Rangers' officers that visited the crime scene on the day and saw that Dr Ahmed had been wounded badly had apologized in front of many teachers, students and employees present there," he added.

The meeting decided that there was a need to hold an independent inquiry into the matter following such "contradictory statements" being issued by the Rangers.

In the meanwhile, the KU vice-chancellor has appointed Dr Khalid Iraqi as the new campus adviser. Prof Iraqi will now be responsible for the security affairs on campus. According to sources, this action has been taken in response to the incidents of students' clashes and the beating up of a teacher by a Rangers' official. Dawn

KU security advisor fired
Karachi: Teachers at the University of Karachi (KU) continued their protest on Wednesday by wearing black armbands to classes after a colleague was beaten up by the Rangers. KU Vice Chancellor (VC) Pirzada Qasim fired his campus and security affairs advisor and a committee has prepared a report of the incident and is expected to submit it to the VC today (Thursday).

The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) vowed to continue its protest until the rangers responsible for assaulting the KU professor were suspended. KUTS also condemned the statement issued by the rangers, blaming the professor for starting the row.

"The rangers accepted the responsibility on the day the event took place and said that they will punish their associates for the gross misconduct. They wanted to subdue the anger of the teachers the first day, and now they have changed their statement, putting the entire blame on Dr Professor Riaz," KUTS General Secretary Dr Abid Hasnian said, adding that he had called on the VC yesterday (Wednesday). "The VC said that he has constituted a committee to prepare a report and submit it within three days to him. Action will be taken in light of the report the committee submits to him."

The VC of KU announced on April 1 that a committee will prepare a report on the incident. The committee was to be headed by Professor Dr Majidullah Qadri while it included Professor Dr Zafar Iqbal and Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi as well.

Sources say that the committee has completed its report and is expected to present it to the VC today (Thursday). The VC, however, has removed his campus security advisor Dr Majidullah Qadri and appointed Dr Khalid Mehmood Iraqi in his place. KU Registrar Professor Muhammad Rais Alvi has issued a notification in this regard.

Dr Professor Ahmed was beaten up by four rangers at a gate of KU on March 31, 2008. Daily Times

College teachers to boycott teaching, exams
Karachi:: After being treated harshly by the local police and holding unfruitful meeting with the chief minister's aides, the teachers of the province have decided to boycott all sorts of teaching and non-teaching activities, including internal examinations of colleges, from April 3 till the issuance of notification related to the accepted demands.

The decision to this effect was taken at the second general body meeting of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), held at D J College on Thursday. The SPLA claimed that Prof. Tariq Leghari, Prof. Saeed Naqvi, Prof. Sabahat Raza, Prof. Shaukatullah Jauher and female teachers were critically injured in the baton-charge on teachers. The future line of action in the emerging situation will be evolved further at the provincial executive council meeting of the SPLA at Hyderabad, said a spokesman for the association.

The college teachers have been demanding new salary structure and other allowances in line with what is being paid to the employees of the State Bank, early disposal of promotion cases of about 800 college teachers of grades 18, 19 and 20, regularisation of 900 college teachers appointed under the prime minister (PM) programme, payment of dues to former ex-cadre teachers, etc. The News

FUUAST results
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) on Wednesday announced the results of BS (Physics-cum-Telecommunication) 4th semester 1st batch (morning) 2006, BS (Biochemistry) 2nd semester 1st batch (morning) and MCS 2nd semester ((morning/repeaters). PPI
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