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Killing fields of Karachi University, Teachers behind clashes

Killing fields of Karachi University
Karachi, Aug 30, 2008: Nothing has changed in the University of Karachi during the last 25 years. It is still witnessing worst kind of violence and innocent students are getting killed ruthlessly even in the presence of Rangers. The sad thing the PPP and the MQM are not terribly bothered about murder and mayhem and they take no action to stop that. This is utter callousness and failure of all and sundry. This is simply inhuman.

Unfortunately I am witness to the first killing at the campus when one Tippu and his associates gunned down Hafiz Aslam of Islami Jamiat Taliba. I saw Aslam, the most decent of IJT leaders in a pool of blood, it was target killing. There were hundreds who participated in the funeral of Aslam raising slogans of 'zalmo jawab do khoon ka hisab do'. There was no ethnicity involved in student politics; all mourn death of a young and that was end of dream.

That was the beginning of the mayhem that continued during Zia days in the city. Benazir Bhutto was inducted in to power but she was powerless against those who perpetuated violence and survived by violence. Now IJT was out of the violent scenario and the showdown was between PSF and APMSO, both kidnapped each other's workers and subjected them to the worst torture. Finally military commander intervened and both parties brought their victims under a deal orchestrated by military commander. The PPP government was silent spectator and it did nothing to stop that gory game of death.

Zia did many horrible things to this nation but one action that deprived students of any democratic right was the ban on students union. The military dictator was afraid of street power and he never allowed students any say in the affairs of the country. Indeed, Jamaat-i-Islami cooperated all along with him and became willing target of genuine vilification. JI had nothing to offer in its defence. As a student I remember slogan by IJT guys, 'Tara masih aaiga surkhon ko latkai ga' (Tara Masih will come and hang Leftists) it was immediately after the hanging of popular Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The nation and students remained pole apart; they were divided in Bhutto and Zia camps. Sadly JI and IJT were with dreaded Zia.

In the post-Zia period, Karachi University witnessed the worst incident in that four students of PSF were gunned down in broad daylight in the late 1980s.

That incident brought Rangers to the campus but the violence continued unabated as Rangers sometimes showed highhand-edness and beat students and teachers alike. They beat them ruthlessly and misbehaved with girl students despite protests from all. Their presence rather incited violent actions and they took no action so far to stop any bloodshed.

Last year, nine persons including four students were killed as gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus on the main university road. My sister who witnessed the whole scene described as a horrible scene from any Indian movie. She failed to sleep for many days. Still she wakes in the middle of night and hears cries of dying youngsters. This happened on September 14, 2007 when armed thugs opened fire on a minibus of G-7 and hurled a hand grenade at innocent passengers including students. The police is yet to release the sketches of the suspects perhaps it will take another year.

Now this incident of last Tuesday when two students belonging to IJT and one of APMSO died after gunbattle in the campus, the JI and MQM condemned this killing. Qazi Hussain Ahmed led funeral prayer of IJT activists at Numaish Chowrangi, top leaders including Mohammad Hussain Mehinti, Muzaffar Shujra, Asadullah Bhutto attended the funeral. This is not the first time Qazi had to play a mourner's role in this city. Qazi openly blamed MQM for the murder and warned 'we will not retreat and we will respond.' This is unfair on part of Qazi, he is a national leader and he should never preach violence rather he should help in healing old and new wounds. This is a test case for him and his party. It is easy to indulge in the blame game. Sadly nobody is wholly innocent in this unholy game of death.

The MQM arranged funeral of slain worker at Jinnah Ground Azizabad where Anwar Alam, Abdul Haseeb, Babar Ghauri, Waheeduzaman offered condolence for the young student. The MQM and APMSO demanded arrest of wanton killers while Sindh ministers Dr Sagheer and Faisal Sabzwari visited hospitals and met injured APMSO workers. There is no denying the fact the MQM must show more responsibility as it is in the government in Sindh.

True whatever happened is sad and it increases anguish of parents but people wonder how come Rangers kept silence over that unfortunate killing; its officers love publicity of cheap achievement but if something horrendous happens they take the back seat and relish life in the city thanks to the PPP and the MQM; nothing has changed for them.

I wonder what happened to the so-called civil society, Iqbal Haider who cries when lawyers suffer some injuries. He never condemns violence at the campus. And why there is no long march to denounce ruthless killers who work in the garb of political and religious parties. When will the Karachi University see peace and tranquillity? It is the guessing game. Will next president Asif Ali Zardari take effective steps to close killing fields? This is testing time for him.
But the most surprising thing is the fact no teacher has ever been killed in the University of Karachi. Why only students faced the bullets of wanton assassins. No teacher sadly comes forward to stop killing of innocent fellows. Teachers watch silently in their safe havens as students die in the campus. This is pathetic and sorry state of affairs. But the question is when this bloodbath will stop? When the civil society engulfed in judges issue will raise from the ashes of judicial activism. Will any judge take action against these killers? Perhaps never. This is not a political issue.

By Yusuf Khan

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Teachers behind KU clashes, say intelligence agencies
Karachi: Intelligence agencies have reported that some professors and members of non-academic staff of the Karachi University (KU) played pivotal role to stimulate a clash between two student organizations at the campus that claimed four lives and injured six people on August 26, it was learnt on Friday.

The report claimed that armed outsiders, having political background and invited by KU students, wreaked havoc at the varsity and jolted the higher authorities while the culprits had been sheltering at the houses of some KU professors and members of non-academic staff.

"Despite the presence of the KU clinic, some external elements, who were openly supporting some students wings financially and morally, were given first aid at the residential area of the varsity.

It was also learnt that the PPP-led coalition government has taken serious notice of the incident and directed the KU administration to take strict action against the miscreants, found involved in the bloody episode. Higher authorities have also asked the KU administration to clean the varsity from such miscreants.

It is pertinent to mention here that in the recent clash, two activists of the IJT and another one affiliated with All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) had lost their lives.

When contacted, KU Campus Officer Dr Khalid Iraqi, said that it was difficult to comment on the issue, which is very sensitive, but the university administration had also received some reports mentioning the involvement of some KU people in political activities. The Nation

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No arrests made four days after KU clash
Karachi: Four days have passed since the violent clash at the University of Karachi (KU) between two student political groups. No arrests have, however, been made thus far. Investigators said that there were five to six different routes from where the armed men could have infiltrated the university premises. They further said that they were looking through both FIRs - the one filed by the All-Pakistan Muttahida Students organisation (APMSO), and the other, filed by the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) - and will arrive at a conclusion shortly.

Ali, a student of Public Administration and a resident of FB Area, was one of the people injured in the clash. He said that around 06:00 p.m. August 26, when he came out of his classroom, he saw that his classmate, Syed Atif Raza from the Arabic Department, was lying injured. Ali immediately ran towards him. Raza had been shot in the face, and bullets had crossed his flesh around the nose. Ali tried to carry him to a safer place when, he said, four IJT activists, Maaz Farooqi, Furqan Ansari, Abdul Jabbar, Sanaullah, Tariq Jadoon and Osama, turned up. Ali tried to run for cover but Jabbar, Osama, and Maaz fired indiscriminately at him. He was hit in the back by two bullets. Another friend of Ali's, Kashif, came to help him, but he was allegedly beaten up by Sanaullah and Furqan. They used iron rods and sticks and injured Kashif.

Later the injured men were shifted to a hospital where it was learnt that Raza had died. The police recorded Ali's statement and registered a case.

Noman, another KU student, said that for the past week, APMSO activists were busy preparing for the commemoration of Altaf hussain's birthday, designating it as the White Day. Their rivals from the IJT had, meanwhile, reportedly been resisting and raising slogans against them. He said that APMSO activists also complained to the KU Administration for necessary action. On August 26, when APMSO activists were present near the Arts lobby, people from the rival group arrived, and a clash occurred. This was, however, defused by the administration. Late in the evening, the two groups clashed again.

M Maaz, a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Block-13 said that at about 07:00 p.m., he, along with others was present near the Central Cafeteria when suddenly accused Ali Asad, and Maqsood of the APMSO opened fire at them due to which Abdul Jabbar and Osama bin Adam were injured and later both of them died on account of severe wounds. A case was also registered at the Mobina Town police station. The News

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IJT for ban on MQM
Islamabad: Hundreds of Islami Jamiat-e-Talba activists staged a protest demonstration here on Friday against the brutal killings of students of Karachi University.

They were chanting anti-MQM slogans like 'Dehshat Gard hay MQM'. Nazim Islamabad City of IJT was leading the protest.

In his address he pointed out that Altaf Hussain, Chief of MQM, was behind this heinous act of killings of the innocent students.

They were demanding of the government to impose ban over MQM. They termed the MQM a terrorist organization, which was deteriorating peace of the big city and economic hub of the country.

Usaid Hassan Madni, Nazim IJT threatened the authorities concerned that if concrete action was not taken against the well-known culprits of MQM then they would themselves take the revenge of the martyrs.

At the end of the protest funeral prayers were offered of the martyrs of the Karachi University.

Earlier, IJT Nazim Attiq ur Rehman announced countrywide protest against the brutal killings of the students in Karachi University.The Nation

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Teaching to resume at KU from Saturday
Karachi: Teaching at the University of Karachi will resume from August 30, announced an official on Friday.

The offices of the university re-opened on Friday after a two-day closure, following an armed clash between rival groups of students on campus on Tuesday. It was decided at a meeting to review the situation that all teachers, their families, students and staff would cooperate with security staff posted at the entry to campus. Vehicle entry passes to the students (Morning and Evening shifts) have been cancelled. No student vehicles will be allowed to enter until further orders. The university shuttle will resume its pick and drop service for students from the gates. App

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Your Comments
"i would just ask from those who are blaming MQM to be a terrorist party that what proof do they have of this allegation against MQM? i m a common pakistani and i m much ispired by the people put infront by the MQM to serve the country like Mustafa Qamal ,nazim of karachi who entirely changed the look of karachi and did his best with limited powers given to him to make karchi a highly peaceful and charming place of living but unfortunately our some particular groups of people never wishe karachi to become a prosperous and peaceful city and those who try to do something for the betterment of karachi city these types of groups starts making seditions and conspiracy against them i do not think that MQM is responsinle for KU incident its just "sazish" against the popularity of MQM in the heart of karachiites and other pakistanis and its just a common sense yar! why MQM would do any thing that would be hazardous to its own fame and popularity and also in that city where they have their own government and from which it takes about 95% mandet! ."
Name: M sheeraz
City, Country: lahore pakistan

"Well, then nip the evil in bud if will is there what else do we require .the student is never interested in politics,if he is assure of fair treatment at the institute and employment in the end. political leaders use of students is obvious, they never get immediate responce to their call the way student provide them on streets ,in rallies ,party organization and application of voilence.this nation should pitty itself the way they use children for their personnel use.I remember AJMAL KHATTAK once visited a student protesting camp at Nowshera against UFM cases, the worthy leader was assuring boys that their cases will be dropped. he kept using words like We will not tolerate this and that.Next. if ther is a role of teachers participation in student aggitation . I am doubtful of their Degrees.their immegiate expulsion will an honest step to the future of the young. "
Name: sajjad
City, Country: nwfp pakistan

"*** is a terrorist organization. musharraf supported them to kill innocent peaoples,on the other side he took action against the peacefull peopl oif swat and bajaur. I think 1st operation had to be taken against the dark thinking *****. "
Name: fazal
City, Country: di khan, pakistan

"Students should always be interested in politics it is the youth which changes the future of a country but these terrorist wings at MAO college and PU should be kicked out of the university for misbehaving with girls specially and terrorising the students through slaughter and blood. :) "
Name: haji siddique
City, Country: gujranwala, pakistan

"I dont think so that MQM is involved in such terrorist activities,but recently i heard of a clash in Punjab university and MAO college,where the students who should hold books in their hands were holding the latest artilleries and were using those weapons to kill and terrorize each other.All these students wing who use weapons and terrorize the students and common people should be taken as serious threat for the upcoming generation,because what ever they watch they admire those qualities.Govt of punjab should take serious action for all that happened and still going on in PU and MAO college."
Name: mukhtar malik
City, Country: lahore, pakistan

"well its not MQM.. its jamiat.. Jamiat have issues with every political party as well as Student Organizations."
Name: Mohammad Nasir
City, Country: Karachi, pakistan

"@ above u r rigth jamiat have always problems with other political parties and student organization they fought with APMSO and called themselve ghunda they fought with PSA in JPMC they also say PSA are ghundas they fought with puk.s.f in national college puk.s.f also called ghunda by jamiat .JUst thnk who fought with everyone so how is ghunda????????????"
Name: MAZ
City, Country: Karachi, pakistan

"All student unions should be banned. specially MQM and IJT."
Name: Dani
City, Country: Karachi, pakistan

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