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KU without Rangers after 19 yrs

KU reopens without Rangers after 19 yrs
Karachi, April 12, 2008: The Pakistan Rangers have deserted their posts at the University of Karachi (KU) and have taken up at the hostel, where they have been given residence, in anger over Prof Riaz Ahmed beating. As a result, KU reopened after a four-day break under the supervision of the police.

Sindh Rangers Spokesman Captain Fazal Mehsud declined to comment on the issue when contacted Friday.

Recently, the Rangers got involved in a scuffle with KU faculty member Dr Riaz. The issue escalated as teachers went on strike and the academic session was suspended.

In a high-profile meeting three days back, it was decided that the Sindh Police would temporarily take charge of KU and SIRZC. Sindh Home Secretary, Arif Ahmed Khan, said that the Rangers were "angry". The teachers requested KU pull the Rangers out and therefore charge has been temporarily given to the police.

The Rangers were initially deployed for a definite period in July 1989 on the directives of then Sindh governor Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. The decision came after three activists of the People's Student Federation (PSF) were shot on campus.

Nearly 5,000 Rangers, including the wing commanders and a colonel, were deployed at the campus and also covered the area from the cantonment area to Civic Center. Apart from deployment at all five university gates, their duties also included patrolling.

On Thursday, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) recovered weapons outside the campus which a senior KU official described as an alleged "conspiracy" by the Rangers. The official said that the university management has been in favor of calling the Rangers back and has contacted them several times but has received no response from them yet.

KU Vice Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui acknowledged the claims made by students and the management against the Rangers but still considered them "the best resolution" and hoped that they will go back to duty.

When the Rangers were in charge, four students were killed and several were injured. In 1998, Kashif, an activist of the Punjabi Student Association was killed during a clash with the Islami Jamiat Taliba. Seven students were killed in an ambush outside the Silver Jubilee Gate, an area guarded by the Rangers, in September 2007. Daily Times

KUTS opposes permanent presence of Rangers on campuses
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS) has expressed the view that there is no need of presence of law-enforcement agencies' personnel at educational institutions all the time and they could be deployed in case law and order situation arises at the campuses.

A meeting of KUTS executive council chaired by Dr Aqeel Ahmed on Friday evening reviewed the security situation at the University of Karachi which was reopened after a gap of four days in the aftermath of clash between two student organisations on April 5.

The meeting participants were of the view that the support of law-enforcement agencies, including Rangers, should be available to the university administration which could call in the personnel in case of emergency but there was no need for Rangers to permanently station and set up their headquarters at the campus.

Secretary KUTS Dr Abid Hasnain said the meeting was of the view that there should be arrangements between the university administration and law-enforcement agencies that the deployment of the personnel could be timely ensured if any law and order situation arises at the campus.

The meeting also reiterated the demands of KUTS general body meeting of April 1 when the KU faculty members demanded withdrawal of Rangers from all the educational campuses only after the educational institutions were able to evolve some alternative security mechanism for colleges and universities. The general body meeting was held to protest the manhandling of a senior faculty member of the KU's Applied Chemistry Department by the Rangers personnel.

KMC releases funds to repair buses for KU, NED
The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has released three million rupees out of its total grant-in-aid of four million rupees, for the repair of 20 buses of the defunct Karachi Transport Corporation (KTC). The amount will be given to the University of Karachi (KU) and the NED University. The balance amount will be released within a few days, the KMC sources said.

It is worth mentioning that the government had decided to give 37 buses of the defunct KTC to different universities of the province. Out of the 20 buses, 16 will be given to the KU and four to the NED for point service. As they required repairs, the Minister for Local Government, Dr Farooq Sattar had directed the KMC to provide the grant of four million rupees for the purpose. Provision of the buses will solve the transport problems of the students to some extent, which they faced due to closure of the KTC in March last year.

Provincial Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Khalid Bin Waleed will head a committee formed to assess the requirements for the repairs. It also includes Secretary Transport, representative of the KU and NED varsities, Secretary KTC and Chief Executive Mechanical, KMC. A tender for the repairs will soon be called and the buses will become operational in May. A decision was taken by the government to give 37 buses of the defunct KTC to different universities of the province. Seven buses had already been given to Mehran Engineering University, Jamshoro. The News
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