HEC chief's brother picked up
Farooq Leghari being taken away in a police mobile
Hyderabad, July 13: Former DCO of Tando Mohammad Khan Dr Farooq Leghari, who is
the brother of Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Javed Leghari, was picked
up by plain-clothed policemen and Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) officials
here on Monday.
Former provincial minister Dr Irfan Magsi said that
he had seen Farooq Leghari being taken away in a police mobile on Fatima Jinnah
"I was on going to GOR colony in a car when I saw this. By the
time I took a U-turn to reach the mobile, it had gone from there", Irfan Magsi
said over phone.
Before the incident, Farooq Leghari had met his
cousin at his office located off Fatima Jinnah road.
"On Sunday he
expressed apprehension that he might be arrested," his cousin said.
official confirmed the arrest. Deputy Director, ACE, Hyderabad, Aftab Mujaddid
Isran, denied the arrest and said that no inquiry was being conducted against
However, sources in the ACE said that the
anti-corruption committee-I had approved registration of cases against Farooq
Leghari pertaining to a plot of land and parks in Tando Mohammad Khan district.
The ACE-I approves case of government officers working in BPS-17 and
above for prosecution. The office of the ACE deputy director located in Shahbaz
building here had remained opened on Saturday and Sunday.
An ACE source
said that the arrest is not being confirmed because some other officials would
also be picked up in the cases. "Normally, the ACE picks up somebody before
registering an FIR against them," he said.
Farooq Leghari has been
awaiting posting after leaving the charge of the DCO of Tando Mohammad Khan a
Despite repeated attempts, Dr Javed Leghari could not be
contacted on cell phone. However, according to sources, he has consulted a
senior lawyer in Islamabad. Dawn
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AKU recognised with international award
Karachi: Aga Khan University (AKU) has been presented with an
international award for an innovative land use plan for a university village for
its new Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) in Pakistan.
The Merit Award
for Excellence in Planning for District or Campus Component was given by the
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) to AKU and Goody Clancy, the
planning consultants, during a ceremony at its annual conference in Minneapolis,
USA on Monday.
The university village will be adjacent to liberal arts
undergraduate and graduate professional schools campus being established by AKU
in Education City, a collective of education and health institutions that will
be set up by the provincial government 50 kilometres (km) outside Karachi, AKU
As the first university village in Pakistan, it will
create 500-plus acres of residential neighbourhoods, retail, service and
entertainment facilities to support students, faculty and staff and their
families from the university academic campus community, he added.
university village aims to create an environment that can complement an
international liberal arts university that will be unique in Pakistan and the
region. It is meant to build a collaborative community of higher learning among
people from diverse local and international backgrounds, he
Meanwhile, the plan emphasises many types of residential units
to meet differing family needs, neighbourhood centres linked by a
pedestrian-oriented network of streets and lanes that encourage community life
and outdoor spaces that serve recreational and social functions. Above all, it
plans for a town that would expand individual choices and presents places that
respond to people's needs, he added.
In addition, the environmental
sustainability challenges of a hot and arid site have also been met. Strategic
use of the limited water supply, energy conservation through building form and
natural cooling as well as landscaping using native plants requiring minimal
water have all been integrated into the design. "We want to enrich our campus
life by offering high quality places for its community to live, work, study and
play. A community where open inquiry, interactive learning and dialogue
supported by a broad-based education are
promoted," says Karim
Nurmohamed, Director General, Planning and Development of Campuses.
is the second award for the FAS. In 2008, AKU and Payette Associates won an
Honour Award for Excellence in Planning for a New Campus for the master plan for
FAS, also from SCUP, AKU officials said.
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KU verifies degrees of 103 politicians
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) committee
tasked with checking degrees' of politicians has confirmed to Higher Education
Commission that 103 out of 106 degrees sent to it for verification were found to
be genuine while three degrees were being scrutinized and the decision about
their authenticity was yet to be taken. Meanwhile, the Registrar of the KU has
announced that the new semester will commence from July 16 instead of July 14.
Meanwhile, the University of Karachi and Unikarians International (KU alumni)
are jointly organising a ceremony on July 17 at 10 am at the Arts auditorium to
acknowledge the efforts of publishing complete volumes by the Urdu Dictionary
Board. The news
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