Karachi, July 17: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi will announce the results of SSC part-II (class X) Science Group annual examination-2010 on Monday, according to the board's controller of examinations, Kalim Asghar Kirmani. App
Second semester at KU starts
Karachi: The second semester of the current academic year at the University of Karachi (KU) started on Friday. An official of the university said that the classes resumed and the attendance at the campus was normal. The semester break at the institution lasted more than a month's time.
Meanwhile, the University of Karachi and Unikarians International are jointly organising a ceremony to show gratitude and acknowledge the efforts of publishing the complete volumes of Urdu Dictionary by the Urdu Dictionary Board on July 17 at 10:00am at the Arts Auditorium, Karachi University.
Prof. Dr Farman Fatehpuri, Dr Fateh M. Malick, Dr Jameel Jalbi, Iftikhar Arif, Syed Sufwanullah, Fehmida Riyaz, Prof. Dr Malahat Kaleem Sherwani, Jameeluddin Aali and Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will speak on the occasion. M Iqbal Khan, Syed Mansoor Naqvi, Prof. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Dr Nassiruddin Khan and Azhar Abbas Hashmi would welcome the guests.
PPP activists challenge HEC's credentials
Karachi: Women activists of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) staged a rally at the Karachi Press Club on Friday to condemn the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for, what they alleged, creating doubts about the educational qualification of the PPP women wing's chief, Faryal Talpur.
They also demanded of the media not to become part of a propaganda campaign by some elements conspiring against the elected government.
The protest was organised by the women wing of the Sindh PPP.
However, neither the provincial nor the city chief of the women wing, Shagufta Jumani and Farzana Baluch, respectively, participated in the rally despite the two being present in the city.
Some other high-profile women leaders and legislators of the party were not seen at the rally either, with some party sources claiming that most of the women leaders of the party had not had any intention of participating in the rally.
The exception to this being Sharmila Farooqi, Sindh information secretary of the PPP women's wing, Shama Mithani, an MPA, and Nargis N D Khan, a provincial minister and the general-secretary of the Sindh PPP's women wing.
The organisers of the rally said that they had invited every women leader of the party to the protest as per the party's directive.
Besides, they said, the issue concerned a person of no less a stature than the president of the party's women wing herself and hence the need for the rally.
The women activists, who were wearing black armbands and carrying party flags, chanted slogans in support of President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, who is also an MNA.
Addressing the rally, Sharmila Farooqi said that questioning the veracity of the degree of Faryal Talpur was a conspiracy aimed at maligning President Asif Ali Zardari. She alleged that the HEC was playing in the hands of some anti-democratic forces that had been out to derail the system. Farooqi said the "degree issue" was aimed at creating a negative image of parliamentarians.
'Researcher suffering from schizophrenia'
Karachi: Responding to a news story published on Wednesday regarding Farzana Panhwar, a leading researcher who is currently in a mental asylum, her step-son Sani Panhwar has said that his step-mother is suffering from schizophrenia for the last 11 years.
In a comprehensive clarification, Sani Panhwar who lives in the US said that Farzana has not been forced to live in the mental asylum and on several occasions the family tried to get her out of the asylum but she refused. He added that due to her mental condition and in accordance with the current psychiatrist's advice, she is being kept there.
He said that he came to know about Farzana's mental condition after his father M.H. Panhwar died in 2007. He noticed her strange behaviour while the servants, Farzana's brothers and his father's employees also informed him regarding her condition.
Sani Panhwar said that Farzana suffers from hallucinations and constant delusions, thinking that others are conspiring to kill her. He said that from 1999 to 2007, she was under the treatment of Professor S Haroon of the Psycho Social Centre.
He said that after his father's death, she lived in Hyderabad along with the servants, and later on with her brother, but her condition did not improve and she was brought to Karachi. Here, she first lived with her brother before moving to an apartment belonging to Sani Panhwar, where she lived with a nurse.
He said that some 14 months ago, when her condition deteriorated, Farzana's brother Ata and his (Ata) brother-in-law Shamim brought her to the Asghar Psychiatrist Hospital in North Nazimabad where she was admitted. He mentioned that he pays for all her medical expenses and other needs to Shamim. He said that he considers her his mother and does all he can to help her. Sani said that she has access to her house in Hyderabad, in Clifton and the Defence Apartment. The news