KU Minibus victims: a closer look
Karachi, Sept 22: The tragedy of the September 13 minibus incident which claimed
several lives including those of the students of the University of Karachi (KU)
remains unresolved as several quarters of the civil society is interpreting the
matter in different ways. They believe that if such incidents are ignored then
anarchy will increase in the society. They claim that the practice of
unnecessary statements issued by political parties should be discontinued at
once to allow peace to prevail in educational institutions. According to them,
it can lead to severe consequences as people will stop trusting the law
However, most people have lost sight of the fact that
some of those who lost their lives in this horrific incident students.
For example, Kachu Habibullah belonged to Kharmang, a distant village in
Skardu, Baltistan. Habib was doing his Master's in Commerce from the Department
of Commerce and was the eldest among his four siblings. He had two sisters and
brothers along with two infants out of marriage.
Habib was a student of
final year and made money by giving tuitions to other students. According to his
close friends in university, Habib had planned to go back to his hometown after
completing his studies to look after his family, especially his father who was
handicapped for sometime. They added that Habib was supporting the whole family
as well as paying for his educational expenses.
Ghulam Siddique, 25, was
among those who died on the spot as a result of the minibus attack that fateful
Thursday. He was doing his Master's in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS)
and was in the final year. He had graduated from the Islamic Learning Department
and belonged to Gilgit.
According to his colleagues in university,
Siddique was desirous of getting an internship in the university's main library
and then had plans to get a job as a librarian in his hometown.
Qadir, the father of the deceased is a government forest officer who has one
other son besides Ghulam Siddique - Ghulam Usman who is Siddique's twin brother.
Usman was at the Federal Urdu University and completed his studies early this
Imran Shahid, 25, a student of the department of Political Science
was another victim. He belonged to Chakwal and was in his final year. Shahid's
family moved to Karachi some six years ago. His father, Allah Yar Khan, is a
retired army major. According to a few close aides of the deceased, many of
Shahid's relatives are still serving in the armed forces. Imran was their only
son and he had an elder sister while his father is an employee at Karachi Port
Trust. Shahid wanted to join the army and was also considering appearing in the
CSS examinations next year.
Syed Atif Hussain, 24, was studying at the
department of Applied Chemistry and a native resident of Karachi. He lived in
Khokrapar, Malir Town, with his family who migrated from Bihar, India after the
partition of subcontinent.
Atif was the youngest among six brothers and
was brought up in a conservative, religious environment. He was keen to make his
mark in the textile industry. Syed Sadr Ul Hassain, the father of the deceased,
expired some nine years ago. Syed Zahid Hussain is a guardian of the family and
Atif was quite close to him. He always discussed his problems with his elder
brother. The News
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