Sindh summer holidays | KU missing student
Summer holidays from June 1 to August 4
Karachi, May 17: Summer holidays for the education institutes in Sindh will begin on June 1 and end on August 4.
to a notification issued by the Sindh Education Department on Tuesday,
the whole month of Ramazan will fall in the summer holidays and the
schools and colleges will reopen on August 5. The news
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Five new universities demanded for Karachi
Karachi: Karachi urgently needs five new universities, two new medical
colleges and 50 additional colleges to cater growing needs of education.
Former Karachi mayor Naimatullah Khan Advocate has said that the city
faces problems in education sectors, as its educational institutions are
not increasing as per increase in population. He said the city urgently
needs to new general universities, one information technology
university, one engineering university and one university for women in
the government sector. Khan said the city also needs 2 new medical
colleges and at least 50 new intermediate colleges in the government
sector. He said the system of government schooling should be improved
purging them from political interference. He said Karachi also faces
serious healthcare issues and to mitigate them at least two new
tertiary-care hospitals of at least 1000-bed each should be established
in the city in government sector. He also recommended one emergency
healthcare centre and one cardiac centre in each town of Karachi. Daily times
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Second-year KU student missing since Friday
Karachi: Besides countless banners and posters of various student groups of political
parties at the Karachi University (KU) is another poster put up by the
family of a second-year student who has been missing since Friday.
student Sobia Imtiaz was last seen by her friends at the zoology
department, where she was supposed to stay till 3pm in the laboratory.
However, Sobia left the class early because she "had been feeling
unwell", according to her classmates as quoted by university officials.
Around 2pm she took a rickshaw and no one has heard from her since.
Saturday morning Sobia's father filed a complaint at the Mubina Town
police station under section 365B of the Pakistan Penal Code pertaining
to kidnapping to compel the woman for marriage.
to a relative, the family last heard from her on Friday morning a little
after seven, when she had left for the university as usual in the van.
of the physiology department Prof Qamar Amin confirmed that Sobia was a
second-year student at the department but refused to give further
According to the campus security incharge Khalid
Iraqi, Sobia had left the university campus after one and went missing
from outside the campus. "Sobia was in the laboratory at the zoology
department when she began to feel ill," he said, quoting her classmates.
"She then took a rickshaw from outside the department and left the
campus and hasn't been heard from since."
Iraqi said according to the family, Sobia's mobile phone had last been traced in the vicinity of Afghan Basti on Super Highway.
the other hand, Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) officials told
The News that Sobia's phone had last been traced to somewhere in the
vicinity of the university at around 3pm on Friday, after which it was
switched off. They said they were looking into the matter and taking
steps for Sobia's rescue. The family said the CPLC had asked for two
days to take relevant steps regarding her rescue.
few faculty members have expressed concern over the plying of auto
rickshaws inside the campus without any authentication or documentation.
said intelligence officials had also paid a visit on Monday morning to
KU Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad Qaiser who, surprisingly, was not even
aware of the incident. However, they said, the administration had known
about it since Friday.
"Around 80 percent of the students
studying at the university are girls and most of them travel by public
transport," they said.
"Allowing rickshaws to enter the
campus without any verification is a huge security lapse and can put
thousands of lives in jeopardy."
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Missing KU student not kidnapped, says CPLC
Karachi: The curious case of the missing second-year physiology student which had
the Karachi University (KU) administration and many parents and students
at their wits' end turned out to be quite another matter after all, it
emerged on Tuesday.
Citizens-Police Liaison Committee
(CPLC) chief Ahmed Chinoy confirmed that it was definitely not a case of
kidnapping. He said the CPLC had reason to believe that the missing
student, Sobia Imtiaz, had gone somewhere on her own accord.
The family of the student maintained that they had not yet had any contact with her.
the past three days, the university administration has been in the
cross hairs for sloppy security arrangements at the campus and letting
rickshaws in without proper authentication. However, the incident has
resulted in prompting the university officials to take stock of the
security situation at the campus. Rickshaws were not allowed inside the
campus on Tuesday at all.
Moreover, according to a senior
faculty member, it was decided during an executive meeting at the
varsity on Tuesday morning to allow rickshaws or private vehicles only
after verification of proper documents and noting down their
registrations numbers. The drivers would then be provided a slip which
they would have to return on their way out.
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KU officials dispel rumours of rape at campus
Karachi: A second-year student of the sociology department was sexually assaulted
by a teacher at the mathematics department of the Karachi University at
7pm on April 30. To escape, she jumped off the rooftop and landed safely
on the ground, attracting much attention from passers-by. That is the
latest rumour around campus.
No one really remembers how
it started, but text messages spread like wildfire. A few protests were
held on campus, an anonymous letter to the editor appeared in an English
newspaper, and now every girl at the campus feels that the university
is no longer a safe place.
Take for example Aliya Farooqi
and her group of friends from the department of psychology, who refuse
to wander about the campus alone. "It is just not safe. Haven't you
heard about the girl who got raped?" she says.
anyone who has ever been affiliated with the university seems to have
heard about the unfortunate incident. These people include officials at
the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, who made frantic calls to
reporters in a bid to ascertain the authenticity of the case.
university finally had to take notice of the mounting pressure. A
three-member search committee of teachers – Zareena Shamsad, Ghazal
Khawaja and Shamim Sahib – was formulated. Their report, submitted to
the vice chancellor on Wednesday, dispels the rumours and the incident
The report, which includes a handwritten
statement by the girl, states that no sexual advances were made by any
teacher. "The girl writes that she went to the mathematics department
with her friends. She wandered off to the rooftop and by the time she
came down, the rumours had already started to spread," said Ghazal
Khalid Iraqi, the admissions director who was
first to be informed of the incident by students, said, "I personally
looked into the case. First, we spoke to the girl's brother who clearly
denied any rape attempt. Then we spoke to the girl and she also denied
Mutahir Ahmed, a member of the Karachi
University Teachers' Association said, "It seems to be nothing but a
rumour as no victim has come forward yet."
family does not want to speak to the media as such an incident,
particularly when it involves an unmarried girl, leads to grave
complications and consequences in a society that is becoming more
conservative by the day.
Taj ul Mulook, a student who
took up the case with the university management, said, "We are satisfied
by the investigation conducted by the management. The rape case was
just a rumour. The reason it spread so quickly was that, after the
alleged incident, the university remained shut for four days due to
Labour Day, a strike and then the weekend."
who was part of at least 70 students who protested outside the
administration block last week, said, "There was a lot of commotion.
Some students claimed that their teachers had asked them not to join the
protests. An official pleaded with the protestors to disperse and said
that the incident was just a rumour. One girl yelled that the university
always protects the rapists and this was not the first such case."
the past, there have been cases when sexual assaults by teachers have
been brushed under the carpet. For instance, in 2012, at least 13 girls
signed a complaint accusing a blind teacher of the Urdu department of
The university, after setting up a
three-member investigative committee, sent the teacher on forced leave.
Students claim that the accused is back at the university now, although
in a non-teaching capacity.
However, this case seems
different from the others. Firstly, no other girls have come forward
with similar stories about the accused, which has been a common trend in
such cases. Secondly, the girl's family completely denies that the
incident ever took place and, lastly, everyone seems to have heard about
it but no one claims to have heard a first person account.
seems to be a case of political point scoring, where one student group
tries to defame the other," said a teacher working in the university
administration, requesting for anonymity, "It could also be a personal
vendetta, where a dejected lover seeks revenge by ruining a girl's
In any case, girls at the university can breathe a collective sigh of relief - at least for now. The news
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