Karachi University security standard
Robbery highlighted security lapses in KU staff
Karachi, Jan 6: A robbery on Monday in the house of a professor
in the Karachi University Staff Town has alarmed the teaching and non-teaching
staff and again raised the question of the standard of security that has been
provided to the university.
Four robbers entered the house of Faculty of
Pharmacy Dean Dr Syed Waseemuddin Ahmed between 5.00pm and 6.00pm, tied up Dr
Ahmed's family, and ransacked the house.
Dr Ahmed was not in the house
initially but came after some time and was grabbed by one of the robbers who was
hiding beside of the main gate with a 0.30 calibre handgun. Dr Ahmed was also
tied up and gagged after being dragged into the house. The robbers disconnected
the telephone landline by cutting the connection cord.
collected five cell phones, Rs25,500 cash and left the house after remaining
there for more than an hour. It was some with some difficulty that Dr Ahmed
managed to untie himself and called Campus Security Advisor Dr Khalid Iraqi who
promptly arrived on the scene and called the SHO of the Mubeena Town Police
Station. The police arrived after an hour, and registered a case against the
Dr Ahmed expressed his indignation and disappointment at the incident and said that he was especially
shocked by the indignity that was accorded to his old age parents.
Iraqi agreed that the incident was highly deplorable and should not have
happened but there were some loopholes in the campus security that could only be
plugged if all the stakeholders at the University if Karachi (KU) are on board.
"There are some houses in non-teaching section of the staff town that house
outsiders with questionable traits.
Some houses have been rented out by the
actual allottees. Some of the residents there are illegal occupants and although
we have tried many times to expel them, now it has become very difficult for us
to take any action as political parties will not allow us to do so," he
Out of five gates in the university, four are guarded properly but
the fifth gate – Ayub Gate - is very porous. Most of the maid servants, servants
and others walk in through this gate. The employers, mostly teachers, have been
asked to take identity cards from their servants and get their identities
checked properly. Some have done so, though others have not.
Town Ghulam Nabi Afridi informed that they were investigating the case
and hopefully will be able to apprehend the culprits soon. When asked why his
police station was not patrolling in the KU, he said that they were not allowed
in by the university authorities with their weapons.
Dr Iraqi denied that
Police were not allowed to enter or patrol the campus. "It is not the case. It
is other way round. There was an ugly incident some time ago when Rangers
personnel had roughed up a university professor and ensuing hue and cry from the
university teachers and students had prompted the Rangers to withdraw from
active duty inside the campus.
At that time we had specifically requested the
police to patrol the university to thwart student clashes and ensure security at
the staff town. They (police) did not respond," he clarified. The news
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KU principals meeting
Karachi: A meeting of the degree colleges affiliated to the University
of Karachi has been convened on Jan 6.
An announcement to this effect
was made by an official of the institution on Tuesday.
He said that the
vice-chancellor of Karachi University, Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, would
preside over the meeting.
Matters pertaining to the admissions to the
degree colleges for the academic session 2010 will come up for discussion on the
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Hefty funds allocated for construction of SBBMC
Karachi: Under the Lyari Development Package (LDP), the federal
government has allocated hefty funds for the construction of Shaheed Benazir
Bhutto Medical College (SBBMC) within the premises of Ayaz Samoo Nursing School
in Lyari General Hospital (LGH), Sindh Health Secretary Hashim Raza Zaidi
informed on Tuesday.
Zaidi was briefing MNA Faryal Talpur during her visit to
LGH where she was overseeing the ongoing development process of SBBMC and the
under-construction cardiology ward.
The government has already released Rs 70
million for revamping, while Rs 50 million and Rs 114 million have been
allocated for the construction of SBBMC and the cardiology ward respectively,
Zaidi said and added that the ongoing works were being carried out at a fast
pace that would be completed on time.
Faryal urged for speedy completion of
SBBMC to ensure the commitment was diligently fulfilled that was made to the
people of Lyari by President Asif Ali Zardari, who would be pleased to
inaugurate the project soon.
Sindh Minister for Katchi Abadis and Spatial
Development Muhammad Rafique Engineer, Pakistan People's Party Karachi Division
President Najmi Alam, PPP South District President Haji Muhammad Qasim Baloch
accompanied Faryal, while LDP Project Director Shafiq Paracha and SBBMC Project
Director Dr Hassan Dost Afridi were also present on the occasion. Daily times
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