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'CID clears KU of association with al-Qaeda group'
Karachi, Feb 22: The University of Karachi has noted with satisfaction the clarification made by CID officer Raja Umer Khattab that none of its teachers or students have been found associated with al-Qaeda-linked organisation, Ashaab.

"This clarification has removed doubts and confusion if any in this regard risen in the minds of the people about the staff or students of this prestigious institution of the country after reports by a section of the media alleged affiliation of KU students with Ashaab," the university said in a statement.

It further stated that its security staff had no knowledge of the presence of such students or organisation on campus.

Moreover, the statement said, the CID official had disclosed the names of some suspects, including a sports teacher of a private university, accusing him of heading the technical wing of al-Qaeda.

The KU, despite a fragile and highly alarming law and order situation throughout the mega city, successfully managed to keep its students who were thousands in number and coming from all parts of the city engaged in academic and co-academic activities throughout the year, the statement said.

The security administrative and teaching staff of the university always endeavored to keep all its students under strict discipline on campus, it added.

"It is however a matter of concern that talented youths are being targeted to be exploited for activities creating disorder and terror not only in the city but in the entire country. Being an educational institution the KU has always strived to develop the youth into educated and civilized citizens."

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KU PhD student urgently needs liver transplant
Karachi: A female PhD student of the Karachi University in need of an immediate liver transplant has appealed to the government, social welfare organisations and philanthropists for financial support.

Sobia Asghar, a 22-year-old doctoral student at KU's International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, faces acute liver failure and a transplant has been proffered as the sole option by all doctors who have examined the case, including a team of Indian specialists.

The total estimated expense for the surgery in India amounts to approximately Rs50,00,000 (five million rupees), a cost that greatly exceeds what her modest, middle-class family can afford to bear.

Sobia and her family have requested government officials and NGOs for urgent assistance and support for her surgery and healthy recovery. The news

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Balochistan education in dismal state: report
Quetta: Release of funds almost each year for repair and renovation of the same schools has served to promote corruption in the education sector, Adviser to Balochistan Chief Minister Kaiser Bengali has said.

Speaking at launch of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) for 2013 here, Mr Bengali said: "When I was in Sindh government, I observed that every year officials released government funds on the pretext of repairing and renovating the same schools, roads and other government installations; projects for which they had released funds in the previous years also."

Former federal education minister Zubaida Jalal and provincial Education Secretary Ghulam Ali Baloch were present on the occasion.

Lamenting the poor condition of government schools where teachers remained absent and facilities were non-existent, Mr Bengali called for reforms without delay.

"In the West teachers do not give students homework but in Pakistan teachers burden their pupils with loads of homework," he said.

He called for introducing computer laboratories and mobile libraries in the schools which lacked such facilities. "A library and a computer lab set up in a container are capable of catering to the needs of five schools a month," he said.

Ms Jalal said she had helped evolve an education policy under which students of class four or below were to be taught only three subjects English, Urdu and mathematics.

She lamented that the government had shelved the policy instead of implementing it. "It's our political culture that every new government terminates the standard policies and projects launched by the previous one."

Politicisation, she said, was badly damaging the education sector.

Mr Baloch said there were a large number of government teachers who regularly drew their salaries but did not take classes. "All stakeholders, including politicians and media personnel, will have to work towards compelling government teachers to carry out their duties diligently," he said.

The ASER 2013 revealed that only 34 per cent of government teachers were graduates, 71pc schools had no drinking water, 75pc schools no boundary walls, and 83pc lacked proper toilet facility.

Only 7pc had computer labs, 23pc had libraries and 18pc playgrounds. It further said the majority of schools did not receive grants in 2013.

For the report ASER Balochistan collected data from 16,952 households in 839 villages across the province. Just over 53,400 children of three to 16 years were interviewed out of whom 38,930 were tested for language and arithmetic competencies.

The report said that 81pc of the children of three to five years were currently not enrolled in any early childhood schooling.

Sanaullah Panezai of Unicef, Qaisar Khan Jamali of Unesco, Farooq Akbar of the Pakistan Reading Project and Amjad Aziz also spoke on the occasion. Dawn

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