KU student among four TTP suspects held
Karachi, May 13: The Criminal Investigation Department on Thursday apprehended four TTP activists who belonged to the Badar Mansoor Group of the militant outfit.
The police also recovered three suicide jackets, a huge quantity of arms and ammunition as well as explosives. Investigators said that one of the held suspects, identified as Maaz, was a student of Karachi University.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Saud Ahmed Mirza, while chairing a press conference, said that the specialised units had been told to expand their network as reports had been received that TTP members were present in the city and were planning something.
He added that during the investigation, personnel of the CID were tipped off that militants were hiding in the Peerabad area. Reacting to the information, SSP Omer Shahid and SSP Mohammed Aslam Khan carried out a raid.
On Thursday morning, personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Unit and the Anti-Extremism Cell of the CID Sindh carried out the raid and as soon as the criminals spotted the law enforcers, they opened fire and a brief encounter ensued. The police then managed to arrest four of the suspected TTP militants, while their accomplices fled under the cover of fire. The suspects were later identified as Maaz Ali, Babar Iqbal, Habibur Rehman and Habibullah.
Mirza said that during a search of their hideout, the police had recovered one large suicide jacket, two small suicide jackets, one light machine gun with a silencer and belt, three Kalashnikovs with four loaded magazines, one pistol, six hand grenades, a weapon cleaning kit, three improvised grenades, 10 launcher grenades, 25 Kilogrammes of explosive, three uniform of corporate company, 9 X-Det pins, security guard uniforms, two bundles of detonating cord, time delay device and other electronic items used in preparing suicide jackets.
Upon interrogation, one of the suspects disclosed that they were the members of the TTP and their leader was Badar Mansoor. It was further disclosed that they usually threatened the business community in an effort to extort millions from them so that they can generate funds for the militant organisation.
The held suspects were believed to be well trained and highly educated. They had expertise in operating computer software and other electronic items used in terrorist activities They were trained in Waziristan.
Held suspect Maaz alias Irfan was the mastermind of the group and studied at KU. While at university, he distributed hate material to students and motivated his classmates to partake in terrorist activities and extermism. The suspects were allegedly targeting government buildings, CID and Army installations.
It was also revealed militants from the same group were earlier killed during a raid in the Baldia Town area of which an FIR was lodged at the police station.
The five deceased terrorists were identified as Ijaz, Riaz, Dilawar, Mohammed Hussain, while another remained unidentified. They had also plan to target a police training centre Saeedabad.
Moreover, the held terrorists were also suspected of being involved in the bomb blast at the KU last year.
It was also disclosed that the suspects had planned to target installations after disguising themselves by wearing security guard uniforms. The Provincial Police Officer (PPO) Sindh Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari announced a reward of Rs0.3 million for the raiding party.
BIEK finalises arrangements for HSC exams
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has finalised the arrangements for the intermediate exams scheduled to start from May 16. This was stated by BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai on Thursday.
He said that the board had given a last chance to candidates to submit exam forms from May 9 to 12. He said that during these four days, the board had received more than 10,000 examination forms.
Prof Zai said that the board had already issued admit cards to private and regular candidates, while the candidates who had submitted their examination forms from May 9 to 12, the admit cards would be issued from May 13 to May 14.
He said that the board had finalised all arrangements for intermediate Part-I and II annual exam- starting from May 16. The BIEK has established 90 examination centres in different colleges of the city he said, adding 47 examination centres would be allocated for male candidates, while 43 for female candidates in the morning shift for science pre-medical, pre-engineering, home economics, medical technology, special candidates groups. He said that 67 centres had been established for commerce (Regular) group; 34 for male and 33 for female candidates in the evening shift.
BIEK Chairman said that the board would not accept any pressure for change in the examination centres. He said that in the first phase of HSC annual examination the Home Economics (Regular) Part-I and II, Pre-Engineering (Regular) Part-I and II, Pre-Medical (Regular) Part-I and II and Commerce (Regular) Part-I and II would start from May 16 and continue till June 13. He said that Arts (Private and Regular) and Commerce (Private) annual examination-2011 would start from June 21 and continue till July 11 in the second phase of the HSC exam.
Prof Zai said that the papers of Home Economics Group (Part-I and II), Pre-Engineering (Part-I and II) and Pre-Medical (Part-I and II) would be held from 9:30am to 12:30pm, while the papers of Commerce Part-I and II (Regular) to be held from 02:30pm to 05:30pm.
SZABIST research conference tomorrow
Karachi: The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) will organise its 17th National Research Conference on Management, Social Sciences, Economics and Computing on May 14.
An official of the institution said that the chief guest at the inaugural session and the keynote speaker would be eminent scientist and former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Prof. Dr Atta ur Rehman.
Over 80 research papers on Management, Social Sciences, Economics and Computing will be presented in six parallel sessions at the conference.
In all, 150 scholars, corporate delegates, civil society representatives from all over Pakistan and SZABIST staff and faculty will be attending this academic event, it was further pointed out.
USAID to provide funds to open 200 schools in Sindh
Karachi: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide funds for opening 200 schools in five districts of Sindh.
This was stated by a two-member delegation of the USAID on Thursday in a meeting with Senior Minister for Education & Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq.
They also discussed the overall situation with regard to schools, especially the rehabilitation of schools damaged or destroyed in flood-hit areas of Sindh.
The USAID mission consisted of Julie Conan and Zulfiqar while In-charge Secretary, Education Department Waseem Ursani, Additional Secretary, Planning & Development Ashfaq Ahmed Qadri, Deputy Programme Manager, Reform Support Unit Ghulam Nabi Baloch and other officials assisted the minister.
Ghulam Nabi Baloch briefed the meeting on condition of schools in flood-hit areas of the province.
The meeting decided to build 200 schools in five districts – Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Kashmore and Dadu with the assistance of USAID. These schools would be equipped with modern facilities and would impart education from class one to ten.
Later, talking to journalists, Pir Mazhar said that the work on these schools would start soon in as the USAID had assured full cooperation.
Meanwhile, Haq said that he had directed all the private schools to teach Sindhi subject to the students compulsorily and they had assured of doing so. The news
PhD degrees approved for FUUAST faculty
Karachi: PhD degrees would be awarded to three faculty members of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST). An official of the institution said on Thursday that approval in this regard was given at the meeting of the Graduate and Research Management Committee (GRMC) of the FUUAST. FUUAST Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser presided over the meeting of the GRMC. The faculty members are: Waqar ul Haq and Alia Abbas (Botany) and Syed Iqbal Alam (Microbiology). app
SALU bans entry of 13 students
Khairpur: The administration of Shah Abdul Latif University has banned entry of 13 students into the university premises following a clash between two groups of students on Wednesday.
A university official said that university students, Nisar Ahmed, Mashooq Ali, Muharram Ali, Kashif Ali, Abdul Ghani, Samar Abbas, Zameer Hussain, Ghulam Mohammad, Gada Hussain, Jadal Khan, Zaheer Ahmed and Faheem Ahmed and an outsider Ubedullah Narejo had been stopped from entering the campus.
Two FIRs have been lodged at A-Section police station against 17 students, including 13 mentioned above and four unidentified. Nisar, Abdul Ghani, Mashooq Ali, Kashif Ali, Ghulam Mohammad, Jadal, Samar Abbas, Ubedullah Narejo and others were nominated in the FIR.
According to police, the 'outsider' Ubedullah Narejo has been arrested.
The other FIR lodged by Abid Hussain nominated three students as accused and three others were shown unidentified.
Meanwhile, a group of students tried to block road and stop point-buses of the university but police managed to control the situation. Police said that letter for medical examination had been issued to two injured students, including Athar.
According to sources, the clash took place between two groups of students at the university on Wednesday when a group wanted to furl a flag and the other group opposed it and tried to remove the flag.
Later, the students clashed and exchanged fists, kicks and stones.
Zameer Hussain, chief organiser of one of the two groups, said that students from his group had suffered injuries but their FIR was not being lodged because the university administration was lenient towards a group.
SALU media coordinator denied the clash had taken place over removal of the flag and said the students scuffled over seats in a point-bus. The university administration was impartial and did not favour any particular group, he said.
He said that the students had lodged FIRs on their own. Everything was under control on the campus and academic activities were being carried out peacefully and smoothly, he said. Dawn
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the results of various examinations on Thursday.
These exams include MA Fine Arts, MSc Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, Part-I, Supplementary Examination 2010, BSc (Hons) Computer Science, Four-Year, 2nd Annual Exam 2009, M.Ed. (General & Science), Annual Exam 2010, MA Education (Elementary/Secondary/General), Part-I & Part-II, Annual Exam 2010, MBA (Morning Programme), Semester System, Session 2008-2010, MSc Statistics, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, and Bachelor of Computer Science (2-Year), Morning, Semester System, Session 2006-2008.
Much-awaited PU book fair starts
Lahore: The much awaited Punjab University's three-day book fair has finally started on the varsity's New Campus on Thursday.
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the book fair, organised by the varsity administration, faculty and students in the main corridor of the Institute of Education & Research (IER).
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), which earlier claimed to organise the event itself and later in collaboration with the PU administration, failed to prove its claim.
However, Islami Jamiat Talaba activists showed their presence and strength, especially each time, when a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) visited the book fair during the first day.
An unpleasant situation was also witnessed during the inaugural ceremony when some students came forward, leaving behind the faculty members at a time when the Punjab University vice-chancellor was inaugurating the book fair.
About 150 renowned publishers, booksellers, Information Technology companies and career-counselling centres established their stalls and were selling local and foreign books with 10 to 50 percent discount.
At some stalls, the publishers also distributed free-of-cost books to the visitors.
Some students were however critical of the Punjab University administration for organising the book fair in the extreme hot weather.
Punjab University Vice-Chancellor also visited various book stalls and purchased some books.
Talking to media-men, Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said the purpose of organising book fair was to provide high-quality books at discounted rates to the students, teachers and the visitors at one place, so that book-reading could be promoted among them.
He said being a teacher he felt that the students lacked required power of expression skills while book-reading could improve their shortcoming by learning new words.
Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, including its Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, Farid Ahmad Piracha and Ameer-ul-Azeem also visited the book fair.
They appreciated the efforts of the organisers and termed the event a healthy and positive activity.
Friday's timings of book fair are from 9:00am to 8:00pm with Friday prayer's break from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The news
PU seminar urges females to join police
Lahore: The women police officers and veteran educationists stressed upon the female students to join police department as their profession, which has become a respectful institution for them.
During a seminar on Join Police and Empower Women held at Institute of Communication Studies, Punjab University on Thursday. Dr Samar Fatima - Director Department of Gender Studies, in her welcome speech emphasised on the role of young educated girls in re-shaping the image and perception of women as a weak entity, who were supposed to deal with suppression & violence. Women Police Officers ranking from ASI to SP participated in the seminar.
She said that no one can deny the role of women in the prosperity & development of a society nowadays. "Violence against women is in different shapes and forms and will prevail unless we encourage women to stand up against the violence & crimes they face," she added.
Waseem Durrani, Chief Law Instructor Police Training School Chung, explained the police recruitment process & criteria and also encouraged the young girls to opt for police as a career. He urged the women to join police force so that they can help the women. SP Shaheen ruled out the perception of police as male oriented force, adding it is a profession where women can also have the equal opportunity to deliver and perform if motivated.
Sharing her experience, SP Sadaf said as, "I have faced tough times and struggled a lot when I joined the police department but now things are much better for women and they can opt for police with much ease and dignity." Prof Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, Director Institute of Communication Studies, appreciated the efforts of Gender Responsive Policing Project and assured his support to encourage the students to join police and make it their career. He said there was a huge scope for young educated women to join police profession and it would surely boast their moral.
Lahore: The fact that 3.8 million children in Punjab have no access to education is disturbing. The stunning figure was revealed in a reply of the Literacy Department to the query of the Chief Secretary Punjab. The department informed him that it could not singlehandedly provide education to these children. This is despite the billions of rupees pumped into the primary education sector, especially aimed at boosting the enrolment of children of poor families. The department also cited lack of proper buildings for government schools, absence of teachers, lack of free books and other domestic compulsions, which are responsible for low enrolment rate. One major reason not mentioned was the ghost schools that speak volumes about the degree of corruption in the sector and all that is wrong with education in Pakistan.
Given this sorry state of affairs, which of course the Education Department is justified to a certain extent in citing as too big a problem for it to tackle, the government must do all it can to take the bull by the horns. It surely is poverty-stricken households, which to eke out an existence in these times of raging inflation, force their children into menial jobs and labour that should be at the centre stage of the ongoing education drive. The CM did well to launch the scheme of Danish Schools across the province. This certainly is no mean achievement given the general lukewarm attitude to education of those who are at the helm. Hopefully, he will also focus his energies on improving conditions in the thousands of government schools that are being neglected and making education accessible to all. Success lies in providing inexpensive and quality education to the millions of children who have not seen the inside of a school.
It is very much clear that the Punjab government should devise a roadmap, as emphasised by the Literacy Department. This needs to be done quickly if the primary education sector is to be strengthened in the real sense of the term. The nation
Talent hunt at GCU today
Lahore: The Government College University's Business Accounting& Finance Society will hold a talent hunt competition today (Friday).
The event will begin at 10:00am at the Oval Ground of the university, and is designed to provide a chance to students to demonstrate on stage their skills in the following categories: speech, acting, singing, dancing, in addition to performing tricks. Daily times