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University of Karachi blast suspects arrested
Karachi, Jan 13: Three suspects allegedly involved in the last month's bomb blast on the Karachi University campus were on Wednesday arrested by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Karachi police.

According to a statement issued by the SIU, the suspects were arrested after a brief shootout on Hub River Road within the remit of the Mauripur police station on Wednesday morning.

The suspects - Muhammad Umar alias Chhota, Hafeezullah alias Bilal and Syed Faaiz Ali - were former students of the varsity and associated with a "dissident group of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT),' which called itself Punjabi Mujahideen, it added.

The police claimed to have seized an AK-47 assault rifle, two shotguns, two .30-bore pistols and two hand grenades from them.

Regarding the blast on the KU campus, the SIU said that the suspects first made videos of the area in the university where they wanted to attack members of the Imamia Students Organisation. Then, it said, they did planning of the attack in Buffer Zone and on Dec 26 they planted an improvised explosive device in the varsity and covered it with grass. "On Dec 28, suspect Muhammad Umar exploded the bomb through a mobile phone," it added.

The SIU claimed that the suspects got militant training in Waziristan, Ugi and Miramshah.

The statement said that the suspects were part of a group called Punjabi Mujahideen, which was formed by some IJT activists in 2007 after developing differences with their party over the Jamaat-i-Islami's moderate policy with regard to the Waziristan issue.

It said that between 150 and 200 activists of the group wanted to follow the ideology of two brothers - Dr Akmal Waheed and Dr Arshad Waheed - who had been arrested for aiding militants. One of them, Dr Arshad, was killed in a drone attack in March 2008 in the country's tribal area.

It said that some other aides of the suspects - Zuhair Imtiaz Qudwai, Umar Imtiaz Qudwai, Arib Imtiaz Qudwai, Misbah Usmani, Muhammad Shabbir, Imran Nazir and Samiullah - had been killed in drone attacks in the tribal areas. Dawn

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Chinese team visits KU
Karachi: A Chinese delegation, comprising 100 young members, visited the University of Karachi (KU) on Wednesday.

The delegation representing all walks of life, including art and education, came under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which the youth of both the countries would be exchanged to promote an interactive environment between Pakistan and China.

The delegation also visited the Hussain Ebrahim Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, institutions of International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), where they were informed about the high standard of research currently being conducted. On the occasion, Chinese delegation and the students of Pakistan shared their impressions about Pakistan's relationship with China.

KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui and All China Youth Federation Deputy Secretary Zhouzhinmin discussed various issues in an elegant environment. Daiily times

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PMDC refuses to recognise KU's PhD degree
Karachi: The Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) has informed the University of Karachi (KU) that it will not recognise the PhD degree awarded by the university to a medical doctor who is registered with the PMDC.

The KU is yet to reply to the letter but it intends to reject the view of the PMDC. It has advised the council to keep itself confined to its own jurisdiction without challenging the status of a premium degree-awarding university.

Registrar PMDC Dr Ahmed Nadeem Akbar has written a letter to KU Vice Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim, telling him that Dr Syed Mahboob Alam, medical doctor who is registered with the PMDC, has been awarded a PhD degree by the KU and the PMDC does not recognise it. A copy of the letter was sent to Prof Dr Mansoor Ahmed of the Faculty of Pharmacy, who was the PhD supervisor of Dr Alam.The vice chancellor asked Dr Mansoor Ahmed to look into the matter.

Dr Ahmed, in his office said that the letter from the PMDC was strange because it had no jurisdiction over the university. "It (PMDC) is a professional body that registers medical and dental doctors. Our university is a degree-awarding institution that is awarding BS, MBBS, MS, MPhil and PhD degrees to Arts, Science, Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine students. It is surprising that the PMDC has chosen to object to the degree of PhD in Pharmacology awarded to Dr Alam while till now many PhD degrees to medical graduates have awarded by our university."

Dr Ahmed said that he had talked to legal experts and they were of the opinion that there was no case there and the PMDC should be told that it was not entitled to demand such things from the university. "We have prepared our reply to them (PMDC) but we have not sent it yet. Hopefully it will be sent in a few days."

In theletter sent to the KU VC, Dr Akbar of the PMDC says that "Dr Alam has applied for registration of his postgraduate qualification (Pharmacology) from University of Karachi and this qualification is not approved under the PMDC Ordinance, 1962".The letter further points out that "all the training programmes leading towards registration of additional medical/dental qualifications in terms of section 16 of PMDC Ordinance, 1962 and once notified only then the qualification acquires a status of recognised medical qualification".

KU academics are rather amused that the PMDC has actually asked the university to "apply to the PMDC on the Programme Information Programme" (PIF) that could be downloaded from PMDC official website.

"This is amusing and mindboggling. A professional body is asking us to apply for the recognition of the PhD degree that the university has awarded. We thought that Higher Education Commission (HEC) was entitled to do so. Really these are the signs of time," a professor at the Science Faculty said. Some other senior professors agreed with him. The news

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Revised schools, colleges timings for 2010-11
Karachi: The Sindh Education and Literacy Department has revised the schools and colleges timings in the province for the year 2010-11 in order to cover up time loss due to floods, with immediate effect. According to details, single shift schools (primary) will work from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 3pm while on Friday timings will be from 8am to 12 noon. Double shift schools (primary): First shift will work from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 12:30pm while on Friday from 8am to 10:30am. Second shift will work from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 12:45am to 4:45pm while on Friday timings will be from 10:45am to 12:45pm. Secondary schools single shift will work from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 3pm while on Friday from 8am to 12 noon. Double shift schools, first shift from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 7:45am to 12:45pm and on Friday from 7:45am to 10am. Second shift from Monday to Thursday and Saturday will work from 1pm to 5pm while on Friday 10:15am to 12:15pm. Colleges (Science, Arts and Commerce) from Monday to Thursday and Saturday (normal shift) from 8:30am to 2:30pm and on Friday from 8:30am to 12 noon. Evening shift (Arts and Commerce) from Monday to Thursday and Saturday (normal shift) from 4:00pm to 9pm and on Friday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. Daily times

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BSEK allows form submission with late fee
Karachi: The Secretary, Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), Hoor Mazhar on Wednesday said that the Board's chairman has allowed the regular candidates, who could not submit their enrolment forms of Secondary School Certificate Part-I and II (Class IX and X) annual examinations 2009, 2010 and 2011, to submit their enrolment forms with due late payment.

According to a notification issued, such candidates could submit a late fine of Rs1,850 from January 14 to January 31, 2011. The enrolment forms could be obtained from booth of Habib Bank Limited, Askari Commercial Bank and National Bank of Pakistan located at the Board Office, she also said.

The enrolment forms could also be obtained from General Store of the Board against the payment of cost of the forms required through a pay order in favour of Secretary, BSEK, she further said.

Meanwhile, Acting Controller Abdul Rahman said that the result of Secondary School Certificate, Supplementary Examinations 2010, Science and General Group (Regular and Private) would be declared on Thursday (today) at 10am.

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SSC results today
Karachi: The acting controller of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi, Abdul Rahman, said on Wednesday that the results of the Secondary School Certificate, Supplementary Examinations 2010, Science and General Group (Regular and Private), would be declared on Thursday (today) at 10am. The news

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IJT stages rally against bid to amend blasphemy law
Karachi: Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Karachi took out a protest rally from DJ Govt Science College to Karachi Press Club (KPC) here on Wednesday against the bid to amend the blasphemy law.

The protesters, carrying placards and banners, were chanting slogans against the bid to make amendment in the blasphemy law and demanded dissolution of the committee constituted for reviewing the blasphemy law.

Addressing the participants of the rally at KPC, JUP central leader Qazi Ahmed Noorani warned the government to keep itself away from making any amendment in the blasphemy law. JI Karachi Ameer Muhammad Hussain said that Pope Benedict should not interfere in the internal issues of Pakistan. "The Christian and Muslim communities are dwelling in Pakistan with religious harmony and brotherhood. The Pope's statement from Vatican caused unrest among the Muslim Ummah," he said.

IJT Karachi Nazim Samiullah said that proposing the amendment in the blasphemy law is not in the manifesto of PPP. He also asked the government to dissolve the committee constituted for reviewing the blasphemy law besides withdrawing a bill proposing amendment in the blasphemy law. Daily times

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Academic Council meeting at FUUAST
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has decided to include the B.Tech Programme from the current academic session that begins in the third week of January. The university has approved the syllabus for the same.

FUUAST took this decision at the 14th meeting of the Academic Council that was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor FUUAST, Dr Muhammad Qaiser, on Wednesday. The Academic Council also constituted a Result Moderation Committee for the revision of marks allotted to the students. A Curriculum Committee, Affiliation Committee, Disciplinary Committee and Unfair Means Committee were also constituted by the Council. The news

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