Sindh summer vacation 2011 in June & July
No change in summer holiday schedule
Karachi, May 23: Sindh
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced that the schedule of summer
vacation in schools and colleges will remain unchanged.
However, he added, he had not yet seen the summary of the education
department's steering committee's recommendation for revising the timetable.
The chief minister stated this on Sunday in reply to a question at a press
conference on his return from a five-day visit to South Korea.
"The vacation period remains the same as that of last year [June and July],"
he said. In the same breath, he added, "The summary containing the education
department steering committee's recommendation that the summer vacation be
observed in July and August was sent to him when he was away from the country
and, as such, he has not yet seen it."
As soon as private TV channels broke the news, a number of students, parents
and teachers - mostly belonging to private schools - hailed the decision. They
said the chief minister by making the announcement had saved them from revising
their vacation plans, which they had made much before the steering committee's
recommendation. They added that they would not need to cancel train and air
tickets they had purchased for spending holidays with their relatives living
abroad and in other parts of the country.
Welcoming the chief minister's announcement, students calling from different
parts of the city said that the decision had saved them from going to schools in
June when temperature usually touched its peak.
It was on May 7 when the education department steering committee at a meeting
with Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq had recommended that summer
vacation in schools and colleges be observed in July and August to avoid holding
classes in Ramazan when teaching hours are shorter.
But only a week later, the education minister allowed schools being run under
the Cambridge system of education to continue with their previous schedule of
summer vacation when a representative delegation of the schools expressed their
inability to implement the steering committee's decision on the plea that their
examinations and courses were linked with the Cambridge University.
However, the relaxation given to these schools was bitterly criticised by
chairman of the All-Private Schools Management Association Syed Khalid Shah, who
was of the opinion that there should be no discrimination between the schools
being run under the Cambridge system of education and those being run under the
Mr Shah had hailed that the steering committee's decision, saying that the
schools by following the new schedule for summer vacation would be able to avoid
holding classes in Ramazan, falling in August.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Jamaat-i-Islami criticised the chief
minister's announcement about keeping the vacation schedule unchanged this year.
The party stated that the chief minister should have respected the decision
taken in view of Ramazan.
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No electricity at KU
Karachi: The University of Karachi has been without
electricity for the past two days due to a major cable fault developed on
Thursday morning, sources said on Friday evening.
They said that although classes at the university were off nowadays due to
the forthcoming summer semester, working of the entire administration block, the
examinations department and research work being conducted at its various
departments had badly been affected by the unavailability of electricity on the
campus, especially in the current hot and humid weather.
The outage also affected the university water supply, KU officials said,
adding that if the power supply to the university was not restored immediately,
there would be a serious water crisis on the entire campus and those residing on
the campus would suffer the most.
The KU officials deplored that although the issue concerning the prolonged
power outage had been brought to the notice of the KESC officials concerned,
power supply to the university could not be restored till Friday evening.
This was despite the fact that the power utility officials who had turned up
to identify the nature of the fault told KU authorities that it was a cable
fault and would be rectified soon, they said. Dawn
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From promising student to feared militant
Karachi: When Maaz Ali's father sent him to the Karachi University for his higher education, little
did he know that his son would end up becoming an integral part of one of the
most feared militant outfits of the country, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
Maaz Ali, also known as Irfan, was recently arrested by the
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and a suicide jacket along with a huge
cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from his possession. Three others
were also taken into custody during the raid.
While he was being
interrogated, Maaz revealed to investigators that he was born in Narowal
district of Punjab. Soon after his birth, his father migrated to Karachi and
settled in the Green Town of Shah Faisal Colony. To support Maaz's education and
meet other expenses, his father started working in the ticketing and reservation
department of an airline.
The young student passed his matriculation from
the PAF Degree College and went on to do his FSc from Bahria College in Karsaz.
For his higher studies, Maaz gained admission to the Karachi University.
However, it was before this that he came across a teacher who would play a major
role in planting the seed of extremism into his mind. Maaz would go for tuitions
to Shafiq Afzal's house in the Golden Town of Shah Faisal Colony. He was joined
by 10 other students to whom Shafiq would preach Jihad. It was during these
lessons that Maaz and two of his fellow students were convinced that their
teacher was showing them the right path.
In June 2007, Shafiq Afzal took
Maaz on his so-called Jihad to the Bannu area of Waziristan. Maaz lied to his
parents and told them that he was leaving for Tableeg and the two departed from
Sohrab Goth's Intercity Bus Terminal.
The detained suspect further
disclosed that upon reaching Bannu, they made their way to Maqqani via Mehran
Shah. Once they reached their destination, the men met a militant named Ibrahim
at whose residence they stayed for 15 days. During this period, Ibrahim, who was
a senior member of the TTP's Badar Mansoor Group, trained Maaz to use a pistol
as well as the more powerful Kalashnikov.
When his training was complete,
the student left for Bajaur where he met a man named Habib, with whom he stayed
with for five or six days. They would travel together through the region and
after the sixth day, Maaz returned to Karachi after fighting alongside militants
against Pakistan's security forces.
Maaz also told the investigators
that while he was in Wazirisitan, he saw the notorious Badar Mansoor from a
distance of 10 feet, but never had the opportunity to engage him in
One of the questions which baffled investigators was: who
is the mysterious Shafiq? Maaz told them that the he resided in the Golden Town
of Shah Faisal and after living in the city for a year, he moved to settle in
the Punjab. However, Maaz was unable to provide an address for the mentor who
taught him about militancy and extremism.
Narrating his transformation
from a student to a feared militant, Maaz told the investigators that he became
proficient in using computers and would use his skills to remain in contact with
his senior TTP leaders and spread their message of war against the 'enemies' of
Booklets promoting violence would come from the Punjab and Maaz
would take delivery of these books. He would then deliver some to group leaders
operating out of Quetta and distribute the rest among political groups at the
Karachi University. Through the internet, Maaz also downloaded videos containing
hate material, which he would put onto a CD and send to people throughout the
country. In addition to this, his group leaders provided him with a USB
containing videos of militant training camps in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as
speeches by prominent extremist leaders.
The student was also
instrumental in delivering electronic goods to the TTP's Badar Mansoor Group.
The militant outfit's leaders would deliver the cash to Maaz and it was his
responsibility to procure items such as remote controls, capacitors, resistance
and ICs used to make bombs and other weapons of destruction. The TTP member
himself gained expertise in manufacturing bombs and prepared a number of
The suspect told investigators that the instructions
from the TTP's Badar Mansoor Group were crystal clear. They wanted him to
increase the organisation's manpower by distributing hate material maligning the
state as the group was against Pakistan. Up until his arrest, Maaz had been
ordered to prepare bombs and suicide jackets as the militant outfit was
targeting police and military installations. Among their targets was the Police
Training Centre in Saeedabad.
Maaz also revealed details about an
accidental blast in Baldia that resulted in the death of five suspected
militants. He told the investigators that a member of the Harkatul Mujahideen
was in Karachi and staying at the residence of Imran and Mohsin.
added that these people were in the process of preparing suicide jackets when
the explosives detonated accidentally. The blast claimed the lives of Riaz,
Ijaz, Dilawar, Mohammed Hussain and another unidentified person. Maaz and his
accomplices also carried out a terrorist attack on an under construction mosque
on the KU campus in which some students suffered injuries.
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32 more students caught cheating in inter exams
Karachi: A high-powered committee of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) and
other vigilance teams caught 32 candidates using unfair means at different exam
centres in the annual intermediate examinations on Saturday.
were handed over to the inquiry committee for further action.
sixth day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, the students
of the pre-medical group (Part-II) took the paper of physics in the morning
shift, while the students of the commerce regular group took the English paper
in the evening shift at 90 centers established in different parts of the
Chairman BIEK Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, along with Controller
Examinations BIEK Mohammad Imran Khan Chishti, Director General Colleges Sindh
Dr Nasir Ansar and Secretary BIEK Hyder Ali Naveen, paid surprise visits to
different examination centers.
During the visits, the BIEK chairman
monitored the examination process and facilities at the examination centers. He
also directed all centre superintendents to ensure the examination process was
transparent. The news
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