IJT & PSA clash at SMC, one student dead
KARACHI, Aug 16: A student leader was beaten to death on Wednesday on the
premises of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) said victim Hafiz Abdur Rehman was its nazim at the JPMC
and was beaten to death by activists of the Punjabi Students'
Eyewitnesses said the two groups of students clashed at the
Sindh Medical College at around 1.45pm.
They said five students were
injured when they were hit by rivals with clubs and iron rods.
injured, identified as Sardar Wajid, Afsar Ali, Sajid, Ashraf Mir and Faizan,
were brought to the emergency centre of the JPMC.
The Karachi IJT Nazim,
Abdur Rasheed, told reporters at the JPMC that the PSA activists dragged Hafiz
Abdur Rehman out of the emergency centre where the injured IJT workers were
being given medical aid.
He said the PSA men beat Rehman with clubs and
iron rods and he died on the spot.
The Saddar police said they had
arrested five students following the clash between the two rival students'
The IJT nazim alleged that criminal elements had occupied the
hostels of the Sindh Medical College. He said no action was ever taken against
those elements despite several complaints lodged with the college
The agitating students chanted slogans against their
rivals and the college administration as they took the body of the IJT leader
from the JMPC to Baitul Mukkarram mosque, where the funeral prayer of the victim
An IJT spokesman said the body would be sent to the victim's
hometown of Multan for burial.
DUHS, affiliated colleges closed to
The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on
Wednesday announced it would suspend teaching activities at its affiliated
medical colleges for three days to deter any possible 'repercussions' in the
The announcement came in the aftermath of the killing of one of
its students during clashes between activists of the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba and
the Punjabi Students' Association at the Sindh Medical College (SMC), a top
official said. While announcing the suspension of teaching activities at the
SMC, Dow Medical College and Ishratul Ibad Dental College for three days,
Professor Masood Hameed Khan, Vice-Chancellor of DUHS, said the paramilitary
Rangers had been called in to ensure security at the affiliated colleges, while
all the boys' hostels had been vacated.
He said the Rangers' personnel
had not been called for permanent stay at the institutions, but they will remain
there till further orders.
He called upon all political leaders to get
together and de-politicise the educational institutions.
About the fate
of the hostel residents he said it would cause little impact to the students as
most of the occupants at the SMC were outsiders. Dawn