University of Karachi fraud case
KU maintains silence over fraud case
Karachi, Aug 07: Though being directly responsible for the financial loss
to three of its outstanding students who had been deprived of a hefty
amount by a man impersonating a top Pakistan People's Party (PPP)
leader, the administration of Karachi University is unwilling either to
fix the responsibility or to share information about the fraud case.
However, the varsity administration has reportedly approached the
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct a probe into the incident,
which occurred some three weeks ago.
According to sources, on
July 15, the KU vice chancellor received a call from a person who
introduced himself as Jahangir Badar, the secretary-general of the PPP.
The man called from cellphone number: 0333-8644412.
that the man informed the vice chancellor that the government had
decided to honour the country's brilliant university students by
awarding them valuable gifts under a programme named after the late
Benazir Bhutto. The man asked the VC to forward names of some brilliant
students of the varsity.
The vice chancellor passed on the
matter to students' adviser Prof Dr Tanvir Khalid and upon contact, the
man said that the names of two students were required on an urgent
Acting in haste, names of two position holders - Hina
Zaheer of the Mathematics department and Fahad Mehmood of the Business
Administration department - were provided to the caller, the sources
said, adding that in addition, alternative names of two more students
were also given to him.
However, the varsity administration
made no efforts to establish the authenticity of the caller, informed
the students about the offer and asked them to talk to the person.
Upon contact, Ms Zaheer and Mr Mahmood were told that the government
had decided to gift imported Toyota Corolla cars, but they were required
to pay their duties. Knowing the offer, the students again contacted
the varsity officials and were reportedly given assurances about the
caller's credentials and asked to deposit the amounts without any
worries, said the sources.
The students contacted the person
again and were told to deposit Rs215,000 and Rs105,250, respectively. Ms
Zaheer expressed her inability to do so and was told that she could
deposit Rs50,000 initially and the rest could be paid in instalments. On
July 16 she deposited the amount in Muslim Commercial Bank's Korangi
branch in account No: 017801010111266.
According to a varsity
letter sent to the FIA, the impersonator also talked to the bank manager
and instructed him to make an online payment. After depositing the
amount, Ms Zaheer was told to go to the Karachi port where a man, Syed
Zeeshan Hasan Kirmani, would hand over the car to her. The girl reached
the port with her parents, but couldn't find the person there. She rang
up the person again and was told that the keys of the car would be given
to her at a ceremony at a local hotel.
Meanwhile, Mr Mehmood
deposited Rs105,250 in the MCB's Paper Market branch (MCB deposit slip
No: 0592588) and then he was asked to rush to the Port Qasim to get the
car from the deputy collector customs. As the relevant person was not
available there, he, too, was instructed to go to a hotel.
students met at the same hotel where they kept on waiting and left the
place after constantly finding the caller's cellphone switched off.
The students immediately registered their complaints with the
university, which failed to act swiftly. Indeed, the FIA was requested
to initiate a probe into the fraud case a few days later.
also emerged later that a third student, whose name was also given to
the impersonator by the university itself, had also deposited an amount
of Rs210,000. His father approached the university officials, but was
told that the university couldn't look into his case since the student
acted on his own.
The KU VC didn't respond to the repeated calls.
However, the students' adviser, Prof Khalid said that the process
had been initiated to look into the case and it was too early to say
anything. "There are things to which you can't reply in absolute yes or
no. You need to wait," she said.
Asked whether she took
responsibility for the loss of money as she didn't make any inquiries
about the caller, she said that such measures were not taken in cases
which involved reputed persons. "I am not responsible. The person talked
to the vice chancellor directly."
About the third student, she said: "He acted on his own. The university is not responsible".
She said that the vice chancellor would decide whether to compensate the two students.
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VC accused of doling out jobs to 'outsiders'
Hyderabad: A large number of Sindh University employees took out a
rally from Jamshoro campus and demonstrated at the university Model
School Hyderabad on Friday. Later, they staged a protest sit-in outside
the local press club to press the university administration for the
acceptance of their demands.
The rally was taken out under the banner of Employees Association.
office-bearers of the association said that land-grabbers had occupied
hundreds of acres of university land in connivance with the university
administration. They said that this was the reason that the employees
were not being allotted plots.
They said that the university
syndicate had adopted a resolution that the children of the retired and
expired university employees should be given priority in employment but
the vice chancellor and the university administration were appointing
their favourites and accused them of appointing 50 outsiders.
They said that the working time of the employees had also been increased
by two hours and threatened to close the university if the problems of
the employees were not resolved. Dawn
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BSEK to remain open
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has notified
that its offices would remain open on Saturday (today) on account of
issuance of the mark sheets for Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
Part-II (Class X) Science Group Annual Examination 2010. All heads of
the recognised secondary schools that have not collected the mark sheets
so far were requested to send their representatives with the authority
letter to collect them on Saturday (today) from Conference Hall, Block B
between 10am to 3pm. Meanwhile, the BSEK has also notified for the
information of all concerned that due to unavoidable circumstances in
view of the prevailing situation in the city, the last date for
acceptance of fresh/renewal of recognition (without late fine) has been
extended by August 10. All other datelines will remain unchanged. ppi
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M Phil, PhD degrees awarded
Karachi: The registrar University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the Board of
Advanced Studies and Research (BASR) has approved the award of PhD and M
Phil degrees in its meeting held on August 6 (Friday). A total of eight
M Phil and 13 PhD degrees were awarded to the candidates from various
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Dr Tahir's PhD thesis published
Karachi: The doctoral thesis of Dr Tanvir A. Tahir, Executive
Director, All-Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), has been published by
the Pakistan Studies Centre, University of Karachi, according to a Press
release of the APNS issued on Friday.
Dynamics of Sindh,1947-77", the work is an in-depth analysis of the
political developments in the province over the first three decades of
Pakistan's existence. It deals with the undercurrents that figured in
shaping the politics of Sindh from the period immediately preceding
Partition right up to the end of the Bhutto era in 1977.
vivid treatment of issues in the book is likely to serve as ideal source
material in the light of which the present conflicts and watershed
events in the province can be understood. The news
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