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