PSF target killings | KU activities remain suspended
PSF demands govt to arrest killers of party leaders, activists
Karachi, April 22: Pakhtoon Student Federation (PSF) President Sher Muhammad Afridi
demanded that the government arrest the people involved in the target killings
of the party's leaders and activists.
Addressing a press conference, he
said that some terrorist elements want to sabotage the peace in Karachi, the
financial hub of the country. He maintained that law enforcement agencies knew
who the culprits were. "We are the followers of the non-violent philosophy of
Bacha Khan," he said, adding that his party wants to maintain peace in the city.
The continuation of these target killings may lead to a strong reaction,
which could be disastrous for the whole city, he went on to say. Afridi stated
that if the flames of revenge went out of control, the situation would become
difficult to control. He claimed that on Tuesday, when the Provincial Executive
Council Meeting of the Pakhtoon Student Federation was scheduled at the Federal
Urdu University of Sciences and Technology, six people riding three bikes opened
fired at the party administrators sitting at a local hotel.
claimed that the hotel owner and pedestrians hurt in the incident succumbed to
their injuries and added that the incidents of Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Alfalah and
Federal Urdu University of Sciences and Technology were
Meanwhile, ANP Sindh Assembly member Amanullah Mehsud demanded
from the government to set up a special investigative committee to inquire about
the ongoing target killings in the city.
He said that the terrorists
also attacked students affiliated with ANP and added that the culprits of the
May 12, 2007 incident were also behind the recent violent acts. Alleging that
the elements wanted to sabotage the peaceful atmosphere of the city, he demanded
from the government to form a special task force to control such incidents.
Mehsud said that the upcoming May 12 public gathering would be a
landmark for peace in the city.
It is pertinent to mention here that MQM
Leader Faisal Sabzwari stated that his party wants to maintain peace in the city
at any cost. "We are in contact with our brothers in ANP and other parties so
that peace could be maintained in the city," he said.
He said that Altaf
Hussain and Asfandyar Wali discussed the situation of the city and both wanted
to maintain peace in the city. "We believe in the policy of mutual
co-existence," he added.
ANP activist slain, 7 PSF men hurt in tea shop shooting
Karachi: A worker of the Awami National Party (ANP) was shot dead while seven including the top leadership of
the Pakhtoon Student Federation (PSF) were wounded critically when they were
fired at on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place at a tea shop
located opposite the Federal Urdu Science University, Block 13-C,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal within the jurisdiction of Aziz Bhatti police station where the
PSF leadership was gathered to attend Majlis-e-Amla. Four men came on two
motorbikes, wearing helmets, fired at the PSF leaders and fled towards the Nipa
Chowrangi. They used 9 mm pistols in the incident. As a result, PSF
Gulzar-e-Hijri Degree College General Secretary Asmatullah, PSF Pakistani
Swedish Technical College President Azizullah, PSF Jamia Maliha President Adnan,
PSF worker Asif, the bistro's employee, Samiullah, and a passerby, namely Faizan
Initially, the victims were taken to Liaquat National
Hospital (LNH) from where they were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical
Centre (JPMC). Daily Times
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Academic activities at KU remain suspended
Karachi: Academic activities remained suspended at the University of
Karachi on the second consecutive day, though student groups observed restraint
and the situation was peaceful throughout the day. No buses were run for
Academic and administrative activities at KU had been
suspended since Monday morning following a clash between two student groups: the
Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) and the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO).
The students pelted stones, used sticks to beat each other and also made
use of firearms. The violence left seven students, a security guard and two
Rangers' personnel hurt. The clash reportedly took place because of some
differences over how the case of Faiza Nadeem Zaidi should be handled.
student of NED University of Engineering and Technology, Faiza died while
getting off an overloaded KU bus on Saturday morning.
KU pro vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ikhlaq Ahmed said that the administration was
reluctant to operate buses after the accident and believed that a policy
decision needed to be taken over the issue.
"The KU buses are
overcrowded, therefore, unsafe for operation. The vice-chancellor has come back
from abroad and will hold a meeting on the issue tomorrow. The administration
won't run the buses until a policy decision is taken on the matter."
A meeting of the Karachi University Teachers'
Society (Kuts) expressed concern over the incidents of violence and indiscipline
among students on the campus. It also condemned the car-and-body search of
teachers by the Rangers following clashes among student groups.
participants criticised the vice-chancellor and the administration and said they
had failed to make use of their authority.
In a resolution, Kuts urged
the administration to implement the approved security measures that included the
plan of restructuring university gates to facilitate traffic and ensure security
on the campus. Dawn
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KU to expel students involved in politics
Karachi: The Karachi University Syndicate, in its meeting on Monday, has decided that
future, students indulging in politics will be expelled from the university.
Besides the political organizations of students will be not be
recognized by the varsity authorities and their respective posters, flags,
notice boards will also be removed with immediate effect from the
Moreover, Rangers will be posted at the gathering points of
different political group. It was also decided that putting on ID Cards by all
the students, teachers, officers and non-teaching staff would be mandatory
during their stay in the Campus.
The meeting also proposed that a
contingent of 150 Rangers should be allotted specially for the Campus. However,
it was also proposed that Rangers should also be answerable to the Vice
Chancellor of the Karachi University. By amending the disciplinary rules, the
fine fee has been increased from Rs 500 to 1000. The News
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ISO blames Jamiat for KU clash
Karachi: Leaders of Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) has accused that
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) is desecrating the dignity of the educational
institutions by practising negative politics, and said that the activists of IJT
were responsible for bloody clash erupted at Karachi University (KU) on April
Addressing a Press conference held just after the clash at KU, they
alleged that the IJT activists on Monday morning gathered at KU Transport
Department and started using harsh words for the deceased NED girl student. IJT
activists were of the view that this was wastage of time to stage a protest
against the accidental death of the deceased student. An ISO activist, who was
present at the time, protested on the use of harsh and hot words for the
deceased student by the activist of IJT.
On protest, an activist of IJT,
Faraz Khan, put his gun on the member of ISO and threatened for dire
consequences. Activists of IJT also thrashed many students in different
departments of the KU. Later, they gathered at the KU arts lobby and attacked on
the members of ISO. The IJT workers used iron and wooden rods on the defenceless
activists of ISO, while an IJT activist, Faraz Khan, used weapon freely during
the clash," they said. The Nation
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Classes at FUUAST to remain suspended today
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University Arts, Science & Technology
(FUUAST) has decided to suspend the classes on Wednesday (today) after an
incident at a tea stall near the university where several FUUAST students were
A waiter at the tea stall was killed and eight students
belonging to the Pakhtoon Students Federation (Pakhtoon SF) were injured in the
FUUAST Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser expressed regret over
the incident and said that he had ordered the suspension of the classes to avert
any backlash from the aggrieved party. He said that the university was closed
with a sense of loss as a seminar in connection with the World Earth Day had
also been scheduled for Wednesday.
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FUUAST announce date for submission of exam forms
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has
announced the date for submission of examination forms for the morning and
An announcement of the institution to this effect
was made here on Tuesday. The announcement said that the forms for the morning
semester examination of June 2009 for regular candidates as well as those
retaking their exams in Computer Science, M.Sc. and BS can be obtained and
submitted up to May 2. The forms for the evening programme of B.Sc. (Honours),
BS and M.Sc. semester examinations of June 2009 for regular and repeaters can
also be submitted up to May 2. The News
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