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Judge orders SHO to lodge KU prof's FIR
Karachi, April 8, 2008: District and Sessions Judge
East Abdul Rehman Bhatti ordered SHO Mubina Town PS on Monday to lodge an FIR
according to the statement made by Prof Riaz Ahmed of the University of Karachi,
who was allegedly beaten by Pakistan Rangers officials on April 2.
court had earlier heard counsel for Prof Riaz, who filed an application under
Section 22 A of the CrPC, seeking direction to the police to lodge an FIR of the
The professor maintained that earlier in the day, two
student groups had clashed at the university and while he was leaving the campus
from the Silver Jubilee Gate, he was stopped and misbehaved with even though he
showed his identity card issued by the KU administration.
He said that
when he went to the police station with jurisdiction, the police officer present
there refused to lodge his complaint.
After hearing the counsel for the
applicant, the court admitted the application and directed the SHO to record an
FIR of the alleged incident according to the professor's statement.
Dr Riaz Ahmed was already booked in a case lodged by the Rangers official. KU
remained closed Monday as a backlash from the teachers' community was feared
after the police sided with the other party.
Sindh Govt forms body to
probe KU incident: The Sindh Government has formed a committee to investigate
the incident in which a KU professor was beaten by the Rangers on April 2. The
committee will be headed by the Sindh Chief Secretary and will include the Sindh
Police Inspector General and the Sindh Home Secretary. They will submit their
findings within two days.
KU meeting reviews security situation at the
campus: A meeting was held under the chairmanship of KU's Vice-Chancellor, Prof.
Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqi, to review the security situation at the campus
after a clash between two rival student groups on April 5.
discussed the short term and long term arrangements to ensure adequate security
for academic peace. It was decided that only teaching will remain suspended on
April 8, while the public dealing offices and other routine affairs will work
Investigation into manhandling of KU teacher sought
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Attaur
Rahman on Monday took serious note of the incident in which a Karachi University
professor was beaten up by the rangers.
Prof Rahman has requested the
vice-chancellor Karachi University to hold a free and independent enquiry so
that the truth could be established.
Newspapers have published two
different versions of the incident. Prof Riaz Ahmed states that he was badly
beaten up when he tried to enter the university premises.
rangers say Prof Riaz Ahmed attacked their member and broke his
Prof Attaur Rahman stated that teachers belonged to the noblest
of professions and due respect must be given to them by all members of the
society, including the police and rangers.
Meanwhile, the Student Action
Committee (SAC) Rawalpin-di/Islamabad has strongly condemned the beating up of
the Karachi University professor.
In a statement issued here, it said
that the presence of rangers personnel on university campuses such as Karachi
University makes the restoration of student unions impossible as the presence of
armed forces spreads fear and inhibits the emergence of a democratic
Nazish Zahoor of SAC said that the beating up of a respected
academician such as Dr Riaz should have induced a serious reaction on the part
of the new government but the Ministry of Education and the Higher Education
Commission have been virtually silent on the whole affair.
She said that
the Rangers beat up Dr Riaz for no apparent reason and had subsequently filed a
completely baseless FIR against him even though Dr Riaz was clearly the
She said that the authorities concerned need to take
action immediately, expelling those officials responsible for this act of
gangsterism and simultaneously ordering the removal of all paramilitary forces
from university and college campuses across the country.
said that in any case the government needs to develop a code of conduct for
student politics. Dawn
Teaching at KU to remain suspended today
Karachi: As the University of Karachi (KU) decided that teaching
activities at the varsity will remain suspended for one more day on Tuesday
(today) the university administration is facing a tough time to find alternative
security arrangements at the campus that is need of the hour as the Rangers
surprisingly abandoned their security positions at the university last
A meeting at the KU on Monday evening with its vice-chancellor in
the chair after reviewing the law and order situation at the campus decided that
only teaching will remain suspended on April 8.
However, the offices for
public dealing and other routine affairs at the campus will work normally during
the day. In the aftermath of strong reaction of the university teachers over
beating up of one of their senior colleagues on March 31 at the hands of the
personnel deputed at the university the Rangers silently
abandoned their deployments at entry, exit, and other sensitive points of the KU
campus on Friday evening.
A relevant official of the KU informed The
News on Saturday evening that he was not officially communicated by the Rangers'
officials about their decision to suddenly withdraw from various security
positions at the campus.
Registrar KU, Prof Rais Alvi, said after 2pm on Monday that so far the university administration had not finalised
its decision whether or not to invoke once again the support of the Rangers at
the campus for maintaining the security situation at the campus.
the university administration was in contact with the Rangers' officials about
the evolving situation at the campus. An official of the university informed The
News that on Monday when the academic activities were not in progress at the
varsity the Rangers were not seen resuming their security functions at the
The official said that given the evolving situation of the
security situation and other related affairs at the campus it would take a day
or two more for the Rangers' high-ups when they decided to resume their security
functions at the campus.
A senior faculty-member of the KU said that the
Rangers just abandoning their security posts at the campus would remain a
meaningless act on the part of paramilitary force, that had been persisting at
the university campuses for one decade, until they did not withdraw themselves
from the buildings and portion of the KU campus they had been occupying since
long for the purpose of setting up their headquarters, other offices, and
accommodation of the Rangers' formation at the campus.
A press release
issued by the KU administration on Monday said that a meeting at the university
with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui in the chair reviewed
in detail the law and order and security situation at the campus following a
clash involving two rival groups on Saturday (April 5).
The meeting in
particular discussed the long- and short-term arrangements to ensure adequate
security at the campus for the lasting academic peace. Different alternatives in
this regard were reviewed, said the press release.
Secretary of Karachi
University Teachers' Society (KUTS), Dr Abid Husnain, said the relations of the
university teachers with the paramilitary forces would only be normalised
when the Rangers high-ups decided to withdraw immediately the FIR they
had lodged against the victimised senior faculty-member of the KU and also
initiate a probe against the Rangers personnel involved in the incident of
beating up on March 31 to the satisfaction of protesting members of the KU
faculty. The News
KBCA seals ground floor of DCET
Karachi: The Karachi Building Control Authority staff has sealed
ground floor of the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) located
at plot No. JM-498 in Jamshed Quarters.
As per the KBCA press release
issued on Monday, a demolition squad, in compliance with the court orders, also
razed illegally built structures in North Nazimabad.
They pulled down
shutters, demolished partition walls built in violation of building laws at the
third floor of plot No. 93, Block 3, Roheel Khand Society. They also razed walls
and RCC roofs constructed at plot No. SC-6, Block A North Nazimabad.
first floor of plot No. B-81, Block F and other structures built on the rear
were also demolished. They also removed shutters of shops at plot No. A-242, in
block A in the same area.
The KBCA demolition squad sealed a CNG-filling
station and generator room at plot No. PP-171 in block 13/C of Gulshan-e-Iqbal
Town. Separately, a squad razed the roof and partition walls built at the third
floor of plot No. 10, street No 13 of block-5 in Liaquatabad. Illegal roof and
partition walls constructed at the third floor of a plot No. 10/4 in block 5-D
in Nazimabad were also demolished. ppi
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