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PSF target killings | KU activities remain suspended

PSF demands govt to arrest killers of party leaders, activists
Karachi, April 22: Pakhtoon Student Federation (PSF) President Sher Muhammad Afridi demanded that the government arrest the people involved in the target killings of the party's leaders and activists.

Addressing a press conference, he said that some terrorist elements want to sabotage the peace in Karachi, the financial hub of the country. He maintained that law enforcement agencies knew who the culprits were. "We are the followers of the non-violent philosophy of Bacha Khan," he said, adding that his party wants to maintain peace in the city.

The continuation of these target killings may lead to a strong reaction, which could be disastrous for the whole city, he went on to say. Afridi stated that if the flames of revenge went out of control, the situation would become difficult to control. He claimed that on Tuesday, when the Provincial Executive Council Meeting of the Pakhtoon Student Federation was scheduled at the Federal Urdu University of Sciences and Technology, six people riding three bikes opened fired at the party administrators sitting at a local hotel.

He also claimed that the hotel owner and pedestrians hurt in the incident succumbed to their injuries and added that the incidents of Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Alfalah and Federal Urdu University of Sciences and Technology were linked.

Meanwhile, ANP Sindh Assembly member Amanullah Mehsud demanded from the government to set up a special investigative committee to inquire about the ongoing target killings in the city.

He said that the terrorists also attacked students affiliated with ANP and added that the culprits of the May 12, 2007 incident were also behind the recent violent acts. Alleging that the elements wanted to sabotage the peaceful atmosphere of the city, he demanded from the government to form a special task force to control such incidents.

Mehsud said that the upcoming May 12 public gathering would be a landmark for peace in the city.

It is pertinent to mention here that MQM Leader Faisal Sabzwari stated that his party wants to maintain peace in the city at any cost. "We are in contact with our brothers in ANP and other parties so that peace could be maintained in the city," he said.

He said that Altaf Hussain and Asfandyar Wali discussed the situation of the city and both wanted to maintain peace in the city. "We believe in the policy of mutual co-existence," he added.

ANP activist slain, 7 PSF men hurt in tea shop shooting
Karachi: A worker of the Awami National Party (ANP) was shot dead while seven including the top leadership of the Pakhtoon Student Federation (PSF) were wounded critically when they were fired at on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place at a tea shop located opposite the Federal Urdu Science University, Block 13-C, Gulshan-e-Iqbal within the jurisdiction of Aziz Bhatti police station where the PSF leadership was gathered to attend Majlis-e-Amla. Four men came on two motorbikes, wearing helmets, fired at the PSF leaders and fled towards the Nipa Chowrangi. They used 9 mm pistols in the incident. As a result, PSF Gulzar-e-Hijri Degree College General Secretary Asmatullah, PSF Pakistani Swedish Technical College President Azizullah, PSF Jamia Maliha President Adnan, PSF worker Asif, the bistro's employee, Samiullah, and a passerby, namely Faizan were wounded.

Initially, the victims were taken to Liaquat National Hospital (LNH) from where they were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). Daily Times

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Academic activities at KU remain suspended
Karachi: Academic activities remained suspended at the University of Karachi on the second consecutive day, though student groups observed restraint and the situation was peaceful throughout the day. No buses were run for students.

Academic and administrative activities at KU had been suspended since Monday morning following a clash between two student groups: the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) and the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO).

The students pelted stones, used sticks to beat each other and also made use of firearms. The violence left seven students, a security guard and two Rangers' personnel hurt. The clash reportedly took place because of some differences over how the case of Faiza Nadeem Zaidi should be handled.

A student of NED University of Engineering and Technology, Faiza died while getting off an overloaded KU bus on Saturday morning.

KU pro vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ikhlaq Ahmed said that the administration was reluctant to operate buses after the accident and believed that a policy decision needed to be taken over the issue.

"The KU buses are overcrowded, therefore, unsafe for operation. The vice-chancellor has come back from abroad and will hold a meeting on the issue tomorrow. The administration won't run the buses until a policy decision is taken on the matter."

Kuts meeting

A meeting of the Karachi University Teachers' Society (Kuts) expressed concern over the incidents of violence and indiscipline among students on the campus. It also condemned the car-and-body search of teachers by the Rangers following clashes among student groups.

The participants criticised the vice-chancellor and the administration and said they had failed to make use of their authority.

In a resolution, Kuts urged the administration to implement the approved security measures that included the plan of restructuring university gates to facilitate traffic and ensure security on the campus. Dawn

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KU to expel students involved in politics
Karachi: The Karachi University Syndicate, in its meeting on Monday, has decided that future, students indulging in politics will be expelled from the university.

Besides the political organizations of students will be not be recognized by the varsity authorities and their respective posters, flags, notice boards will also be removed with immediate effect from the campus.

Moreover, Rangers will be posted at the gathering points of different political group. It was also decided that putting on ID Cards by all the students, teachers, officers and non-teaching staff would be mandatory during their stay in the Campus.

The meeting also proposed that a contingent of 150 Rangers should be allotted specially for the Campus. However, it was also proposed that Rangers should also be answerable to the Vice Chancellor of the Karachi University. By amending the disciplinary rules, the fine fee has been increased from Rs 500 to 1000. The News

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ISO blames Jamiat for KU clash
Karachi: Leaders of Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) has accused that Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) is desecrating the dignity of the educational institutions by practising negative politics, and said that the activists of IJT were responsible for bloody clash erupted at Karachi University (KU) on April 20.

Addressing a Press conference held just after the clash at KU, they alleged that the IJT activists on Monday morning gathered at KU Transport Department and started using harsh words for the deceased NED girl student. IJT activists were of the view that this was wastage of time to stage a protest against the accidental death of the deceased student. An ISO activist, who was present at the time, protested on the use of harsh and hot words for the deceased student by the activist of IJT.

On protest, an activist of IJT, Faraz Khan, put his gun on the member of ISO and threatened for dire consequences. Activists of IJT also thrashed many students in different departments of the KU. Later, they gathered at the KU arts lobby and attacked on the members of ISO. The IJT workers used iron and wooden rods on the defenceless activists of ISO, while an IJT activist, Faraz Khan, used weapon freely during the clash," they said. The Nation

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Classes at FUUAST to remain suspended today
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has decided to suspend the classes on Wednesday (today) after an incident at a tea stall near the university where several FUUAST students were shot at.

A waiter at the tea stall was killed and eight students belonging to the Pakhtoon Students Federation (Pakhtoon SF) were injured in the attack.

FUUAST Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser expressed regret over the incident and said that he had ordered the suspension of the classes to avert any backlash from the aggrieved party. He said that the university was closed with a sense of loss as a seminar in connection with the World Earth Day had also been scheduled for Wednesday.

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FUUAST announce date for submission of exam forms
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has announced the date for submission of examination forms for the morning and evening programmes.

An announcement of the institution to this effect was made here on Tuesday. The announcement said that the forms for the morning semester examination of June 2009 for regular candidates as well as those retaking their exams in Computer Science, M.Sc. and BS can be obtained and submitted up to May 2. The forms for the evening programme of B.Sc. (Honours), BS and M.Sc. semester examinations of June 2009 for regular and repeaters can also be submitted up to May 2. The News

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