IJT attacked MQM at KU: Farooq Sattar

KARACHI, Sept 14: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has blamed the Jamaat-e-Islami's (JI) student wing for the attack on its student wing's gathering at the University of Karachi on Wednesday.

Dr Farooq Sattar, deputy convenor of the MQM's Rabita Committee, also condemned the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the JI for thrashing a federal minister in Chakwal.

The federal minister, Iqbal Mohammad Ali Khan, who belongs to the MQM was attacked in Chakwal (Punjab).

"The members of the APMSO were observing Peace Day on Wednesday when the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) members attacked them on the university's premises," said Sattar at a press conference here.

He identified the armed men of the IJT as Noman Burni, Furqanullah, Sanaullah and Farooq who led dozens of activists and attacked the students with sticks and chairs. They also pelted the gathering with stones.

Provincial minister Rauf Siddiqui and Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town Nazim Wasay Jalil and Naib Nazim Shoaib Akhtar were scheduled to speak to the students. They were cutting a cake to mark the birthday of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.

The attack sparked a stampede. Sattar said that Mehwish, a student of the International Relations Department, was seriously injured and admitted to Liaquat National Hospital (LNH). Danish Shamim of Mass Communication and S M Ali Raza of Economics and Kamran of Sociology and many other students were injured. They were rushed to LNH and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

"On Thursday, the APMSO's members Furqan and Yousuf were kidnapped from Urdu University," the MQM leader added. He said that the MQM and APMSO did not react because it could cost students a smooth academic year.

"We demand that President Musharraf, the prime minister, governor and chief minister take notice of the attacks on the peaceful members of the APMSO and order action against the culprits," he urged.

He said that the federal minister was a guest at a ceremony at the press club in Chakwal where he was attacked. Journalists had lodged a case there.

He said that a case was lodged with the Mobina Town Police Station for the attack on students at Karachi university.

APP adds: Provincial Minister for Culture and Tourism Rauf Siddiqi denied Thursday the allegations put forth by the Islami Jamiat TUlaba (IJT), alleging that outsiderS of the MQM, led by him, attacked the IJT's Adult Education Programme at the University of Karachi with iron bars and sticks, injuring a number of workers.

The minister criticized the IJT for this report and described it as baseless and concocted and said that the IJT will be issued a notice for legal action. He said that their propaganda will be challenged in court and that lawyers have been contacted. He called for a clarification from the IJT in three days and warned that if concocted reports are published in the future should legal action will be taken. Daily Times

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