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SU retired officers | KU teacher's bail plea

SU has largest number of retired officers Hyderabad, April 19, 2008: The University of Sindh tops the list of public universities in the province having largest number of retired officers where 12 retired officers are serving followed by the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and Karachi University where 10 and eight retired officers, respectively, were working, according to the Federation of All-Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association.

The list, which had reportedly been submitted to the Sindh government by the Sindh chapter of the federation and a copy of which was obtained on Friday said that no less than 65 retired professors and officers were working in nine public universities of the province including vice-chancellors, pro-vice chancellors and registrars.

The number of retired vice-chancellors is six, pro-vice-chancellors five and registrars four in Sindh and the federation has been demanding their removal.

According to break-up, seven retired offices are serving in Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, four each in Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro, two each in NED University Karachi and Quaid-i-Awam University Nawabshah and one in Dow Medical University Karachi.

The federation demands that all the retired vice-chancellors and officials should be removed and in-service senior professors and officials whose promotions had been withheld should be appointed in their place.

Order reserved on KU teacher's bail plea
Karachi: Chief Justice Mohammad Afzal Soomro of the Sindh High Court reserved on Friday his order on confirmation of interim bail granted to Prof Riaz Ahmad of the University of Karachi in a criminal case registered against him on the complaint of a Rangers hawaldar.

The case was registered on April 2 by the Mobina Town police station, which declined to record the professor's version of what happened at the university's Silver Jubilee Gate on March 31. Complainant Anwarul Haq said the professor snubbed him for closing the university after a clash between two groups of students.

He beat him and his colleague up and tried to snatch his gun. He went to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, which issued a medico-legal report of the injuries received by him after examining him.

Prof Riaz Ahmad, who holds post-doctoral qualifications in applied chemistry, said the case had been lodged by the Rangers to cover up their mistreatment and physical assault on him. They roughed him up at the university gate despite the sticker displayed on his car. He received injuries on his head, back and shoulder. The incident was seen by a number of people standing around, including campus officer M. Asif. He went to the Aga Khan Hospital for medical aid and tried unsuccessfully to have his complaint registered by police. The police remained adamant even after the district and sessions judge's order for registration of his complaint, the professor said.

His counsel, Rasheed A. Razvi and Haq Nawaz Talpur, argued that the case was false and fabricated. Among other factors, there was an inexplicable and unexplained delay of two days in its registration, though the police situated at half an hour's drive from the university.

The CJ reserved his order after hearing the counsel and Additional Advocate-General M. Ahmed Pirzada, who argued that there was no personal enmity between the complainant and the accused and the Rangers had to tighten security following a students' clash. Dawn

Couple held for murder of KU prof
Karachi: The investigation police of the Gulshan police station arrested a man and his wife, who allegedly killed a professor of the University of Karachi in January. Former Punjab health minister's personal secretary, Munir Abbasi, was allegedly the mastermind behind the murder.

On January 28, Professor Dr Zakia Alvi was killed in her bungalow by Khalida (alias Razia) and Saleem Akhtar, who were married, and employed by her. Her body was found in Sacchal Goth.

Alvi hired them at a salary of Rs 5,000 per month on the recommendation of one Iqbal, an associate of Munir Ahmed Khan Abbasi and a former employee of another KU professor, Birjees Rauf.

After Eid-ul-Azha, they both quit on account of the low salary. But Abbasi, the personal secretary of the PML-Q's Chaudhry Ejaz Shafi, former Punjab minister for health, insisted they continue working there. They went to the deceased's house on the night of the incident and asked her for their job back. Alvi told them to stay till the morning.

In the morning, they killed Alvi and informed Abbasi, who told them to bring her body and the stolen goods to Dalmia. The three of them went to Sacchal Goth, where they disposed of her body.

The police arrested them after tracing the phone calls of the accused. According to SI Shahid Qureshi, the police knew that the deceased's car was being used by Abbasi. The police also recovered stolen money and some goods from their possession.

The accused confessed during initial interrogations, stating that they didn't want to kill her but Abbasi forced them to. Abbasi is currently in Sargodha and the police are conducting raids for his arrest. They also confessed that they had planned to kill Professor Birjees Rauf.

At the time this report was filed, there were reports that Abbasi and some other accused had been arrested and would be shown soon. Daily Times
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