KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly passed on Monday the law to rename Altaf Hussain University.
The decision to rename the universities in Hyderabad after Fatima Jinnah and Karachi after Abdul Sattar Edhi were taken in the provincial cabinet meeting earlier in the day. The meeting was chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
“There is no need to establish a university after Altaf Hussain who works in the hands of anti-Pakistan elements to destabilise the country,” Shah said in his address to the cabinet.
Earlier, the provincial assembly had unanimously passed private bills to establish the universities in the Sindh cities. The bill was moved by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
In January 2015, then Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz performed the groundbreaking of Altaf Hussain University (AHU), a few kilometres from the hilly Ganjo Takkar area.
A plot of 80 acres was purchased at the cost of Rs380 million from the Hyderabad Development Authority for the construction of the university, which, after its completion in two years, was said to offer education in business studies, pharmacy, information technology, mass communication and other subjects of social sciences.