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KU & SSUET postpone exams for fear of campus violence

KARACHI, Sept 18: The University of Karachi (KU) and Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) have cancelled all examinations that were due to be held today for fear of violence continuing in the aftermath of last week's bloody clashes between rival student groups Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) and All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO).

Regular academic work was also suspended at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) on Monday when aerial firing was heard at the campus. The situation, however, was immediately brought under control by the Rangers according to reports. Eyewitnesses confirmed that some unidentified armed men fired outside the campus. However, no one has been reported hurt.

FUUAST Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Syed Kamaluddin feared that the incident was a reaction to last week's conflicts at KU. In an announcement made Monday, the FUUAST registrar notified all employees and students of the university to carry their identity cards when entering the campus as entry of non-affiliated people has been banned.

KU, where clashes are feared as most likely to erupt between rival student groups IJT and APMSO, opened amid strict security measures but not much regular work took place. Students and employees were allowed to enter only after proper identification and no outsiders were allowed to enter the campus at all. The Silver Jubilee Gate was used exclusively for pedestrians, while vehicles were allowed only through Maskan, Staff Town and Metroville gates. Heavy contingents of Rangers were deployed on campus and the administration block was fully covered by KU security and the Rangers. Students came to the university after an entire week to take their examinations scheduled for September 17, but had to leave as the exams were postponed. KU has also announced postponement of exams for today.

Till the filing of this report, KU sources said that negotiations between the administration and IJT were continuing. During the negotiations, the IJT justified its move to boycott classes and keep the university closed on account of the death of four students. Daily Times
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