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Rangers hawaldar lodges FIR against KU prof
Karachi, April 04, 2008: A Rangers Hawaldar has lodged an FIR against Dr Professor Riaz Ahmed who was beaten up by sepoys at the main gate of the University of Karachi (KU) on March 31.

Rangers Hawaldar Anwarul Haq registered the FIR with the Mobina Town police station against the professor under P.P.C sections 337, 353, 332 and 186.

Following the FIR, University of Karachi Teachers Society (KUTS) held a general body meeting on Thursday at the Arts Auditorium to organize a protest. KUTS has announced a black day today, Friday, in all universities nationwide. The teachers of KU strongly condemn the Rangers' hostile attitude and the registration of the FIR. A delegation has also met and asked KU VC Dr Pirzada Qasim to help the faculty member.

"Our delegation comprising Dr Aqeel, Dr Shaeel Farooqi, Dr Aneela Amber and myself have met the VC and asked him to do something to seize the FIR," said KUTS Secretary, Dr Abid Hasnain. He stated that the Rangers were confusing the situation as they initially said they would take action against the sepoy who was responsible.

"I have contacted my counsel and will seek bail-before-arrest from the court. I have not been contacted by the KU administration but the teachers are with me and have arranged a protest," said Ahmed. He said that there were many eyewitnesses to the incident, including the VC.

KU Registrar Dr Raees Alvi spoke of a meeting between the VC and the DG Rangers on Tuesday. In reply to a question, the registrar said, "I can not say if the Rangers would withdraw the FIR but we can hope for positive results."

KU Campus Security Advisor to the VC Dr Khalid Iraqi said that they were in contact with the Rangers. He also clarified that the FIR's registration was an individual's decision and that the directives were not issued from the Rangers headquarters. Daily Times

Boycott call over case against KU teacher
Karachi: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association has announced that it will observe Friday as a 'black day' in all universities of Pakistan on the request of Karachi University teachers, whereas KU teachers have announced that they will boycott classes on the same day.

This decision has been taken following an FIR filed on Wednesday against Dr Riaz Ahmed at a Karachi police station.

According to sources, the FIR (73/08) was filed on Wednesday by Hawaldar Anwarul Haq at the Mobina Town police station under Sections 337(F4), 353, 332 and 186.

A meeting was held on Thursday in which KU teachers condemned the facts being "distorted" by the Rangers and their filing an FIR against the teacher.

"The teachers demand the Rangers take back the FIR. Later on, KU teachers also met the vice-chancellor and told him about their demands," said Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS) General-Secretary Dr Abid Hasnain.

Fapusa President Dr Aftab Afridi, in response to the request put forth by the KU teachers, announced that April 4 would be observed as a 'black day' in all the universities of Pakistan and demanded the FIR be withdrawn against the teacher.

However, KU Vice-Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim said that "I don't know what response I should give to this since it is an individual act." He said the administration has appointed a new campus adviser and formed a high-level committee to probe into the matter and hopefully, the results would be seen soon.

The Network for Women's Rights has also condemned the incident and demanded a judicial inquiry into the matter. Dawn
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