KU Uncertainty, VC meets student parties
Uncertainty as KU reopens
Karachi, April 11, 2008: With the law and order situation still precarious, the
University of Karachi reopens on Friday.
A meeting was held by KU
Vice-Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim with student organisations in order to review
the situation on Thursday.
However, Campus Adviser Dr Khalid Iraqi has
denied rumours that the police are being posted on campus to control the law and
order situation as the Rangers withdrew last Saturday.
The campus adviser
said he had no information about the area police being called in for law
enforcement duties on campus.
When Rangers' PRO, Capt Fazal, was asked to
confirm if the paramilitary force is officially taking charge of law enforcement
duties at Karachi University, he said it all depended on the administration and
the Sindh government.
However, when asked if the Rangers would assist the
university administration should it require their services and if no other law
enforcement agency had been asked, he replied: "Yes, we will surely perform our
duties to maintain peace on campus."
He also emphasised that the Rangers
had withdrawn from the campus gates out of respect for the teachers as the
teachers had demanded it. He said though they are bound to follow the university
directives, they did not receive any instructions from the administration to
withdraw their men from the gates at any time.
According to sources at
the university, it was clear that the university administration and Rangers had
some discussions and the Rangers have ensured they would not leave the campus
and resume their role.
However, the main student groups on campus claim
that there was no major clash between them as such.
"The university was
closed down because the administration wanted to let the issue between the
teachers and the Rangers settle down. Otherwise, never in history has the
university been shut down for so long just because of a clash between student
groups," maintained sources in two student organizations. "They want to
ascertain how important the presence of the Rangers is," they added.
VC, in the meeting with representatives of student groups, student adviser and
campus adviser, asked them to maintain peace on campus since it was the students
who were paying the price of the shutdown.
The student groups have
assured they will help maintain peace. Dawn
KU VC meets student parties
Karachi: Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi (KU), Prof. Pirzada
Qasim had a meeting with the representatives of various student organisations on
Thursday to discuss and extract a promise from them to maintain a peaceful
environment in the campus.
The students organisations included All
Pakistan Mohajir Student Organisation (APMSO), Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT),
Imamia Students Organisation (ISO), Peoples Students Federation (PSF) and
Punjabi Students Association (PSA).
The Student Advisor and the Students
Advisory Council were also present at the meeting. The student leaders extended
their full cooperation to the university administration.
appreciated the VC's efforts for the restoration of peace and normalcy at the
campus and his decision to resume classes from today (Friday). Commending their
positive gesture, the VC assured necessary facilities and cooperation from the
KU administration and advised them to focus on their academic
He hoped that the students' representatives will convince the
members of their parties to help the KU in the restoration of the environment of
fraternity at the campus. The VC said that the academia, throughout the world,
is a trendsetter for the societies, and the KU is firmly committed to play this
role in the interest of the society. The News