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KU teachers want Rangers to leave campus

KU teachers want Rangers to leave campus
Karachi, April 02, 2008: Rangers should be asked to vacate all educational institutions in the city and the University of Karachi should put in place an alternative security system rather than rely on the paramilitary force.

This was stated in a resolution passed unanimously by 350 teachers who attended a general body meeting of the Karachi University's Teachers Society held at the arts auditorium on Tuesday afternoon.

The meeting was called after a professor of the applied chemistry department was beaten up by Rangers personnel on Monday.

University teachers also boycotted classes both in the morning and evening programmes to protest against the highhandedness of Rangers personnel. They were supported by students who put up banners inscribed with slogans condemning misconduct with the teacher, on the administration block.

The teachers passed the resolution demanding the removal of Rangers from the campus and other educational institutions.

The resolution demanded that Rangers be asked to leave educational institutions like schools, colleges, universities and even hostels. There should also be some alternative security system having educated people, said a KUTS spokesman.

For the time being, the teachers demanded, Rangers be removed from the university's main gates and the campus security personnel be assigned the job.

One of the professors who participated in the protest meeting, Dr Shafiqur Rehman, who heads the economics department, said: "The incident was disgraceful and cannot be justified under any circumstances."

He said that Dr Riaz Ahmed of the applied chemistry department was seriously injured and was taken to a private hospital for treatment.

"Would these officers dare treat any civil servant or a minister in the manner in which they behaved with the professor?" he wondered.

Following the meeting, the resolution was presented to the vice-chancellor of Karachi University, Dr Pirzada Qasim, by KUTS representatives.

Dr Qasim promised to them that he would take up the issue and formed a committee to investigate the matter.

The committee comprises Prof (Dr) Majeedullah Qadri, Prof Khalid Iraqi and Prof (Dr) Zafar Iqbal.

He asked KUTS to come up with suggestions on the alternative security arrangement. Earlier, the VC met some high officials of Rangers in the morning and apprised them about the situation. Dawn

'KU teacher attacked Rangers first'
Karachi: Sindh Rangers spokesman on Tuesday accused Dr Riaz Ahmed, an associate professor of the Department of Applied Chemistry at Karachi University (KU) who was allegedly tortured by the ranger personnel on Monday, of beating up rangers officials posted at the Silver Jubilee gate without ant provocation.

Captain Fazal Mahmood said that Dr Riaz Ahmed in his car wanted to leave KU through the Silver Jubilee gate on Monday evening and the ranger personnel posted at place intercepted him and requested to allow the checking of his vehicle, he not only declined to comply with their demand but also hit his car against the barricade. Later, he got out of the car and abusing and beating up the ranger officials. Resultantly, a soldier Anwarul Haq got his finger fractured. The Nation

HRCP condemns assault on KU prof
Karachi: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan's (HRCP) Co-Chairperson, Iqbal Haider, and the Sindh Chapter Vice Chairperson, Ghazi Salahuddin, have condemned the assault by the Pakistan Rangers on Dr Riaz, the University of Karachi's (KU) Professor of Applied Chemistry. Daily Times
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