KU teeters on brink after IJT boy found with cigarette burns

Published: March 11, 2012
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KU’s administration ordered sealing of all the university’s gates, blocking the exit of terrified students. PHOTO: SAFDAR ABBAS RIZVI/FILE

KU’s administration ordered sealing of all the university’s gates, blocking the exit of terrified students. PHOTO: SAFDAR ABBAS RIZVI/FILE

KARACHI: 

Officials at Karachi University (KU) had a nerve-racking Saturday trying to prevent a clash between the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and the All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) after the kidnapping of an IJT activist from the gate on Friday night.

According to the IJT information secretary, Mohammad Sohaib, Saleem Akhtar, a final-year Commerce student, was taken from KU’s Maskan gate around 9 pm on Friday when he was leaving for home. A batter and bruised Akhtar with cigarette burns was found unconscious near Mochi Morr in Gulshan-e-Iqbal at around 11:30 pm when an Aman Foundation ambulance received a wireless alert. He was taken to Aga Khan Hospital where he was put in intensive care.

Sohaib said that Ahktar was kidnapped by the APMSO’s Shahreyar, Anas, Burhan, Shahid alias Atthara (18) and Sunil, who took him in a black Toyota Corolla with tinted windows. An FIR has been registered at Mobina Town police station, nominating five APMSO activists.

Sohaib told The Express Tribune that around two dozen APMSO activists cordoned off Maskan gate on Friday night and stopped the university point buses for inspection. “They were armed and looking for IJT activists by examining everybody on board,” he said. “This is inhuman; they are starting something which will never stop.”

According to Sohaib, earlier on APMSO activists beat another IJT activist in the central library on Friday afternoon and the situation had heated up but both groups had resolved the matter by the evening.

APMSO’s secretary general Tausif Aijaz said the allegations were preposterous. “We had no information about the incident and got to know about the kidnapping of an IJT activist through university officials,” he said. “All activists of the APMSO were at Jinnah Ground to celebrate the ISI officer’s explanatory statement regarding the Mehran Bank scandal.”

Aijaz told The Express Tribune that the situation heated up inside KU when IJT activists tried to bar students from a birthday celebration in the geography department. “This so-called religious organisation wants to impose its own brand of Islam and wants to create a Waziristan-like situation here,” he said. Later, on Friday evening, Aijaz said IJT activists beat four APMSO activists Arsalan, Absar, Wahaj, Athar but the organisation did not react and talked to university officials about taking action. “Unfortunately, the rangers and administration are not playing their part,” he said.

Anticipating a reaction from the IJT, the APMSO had stopped its activists from going to university on Saturday.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (29)

  • True Pakistani
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Shame on AMPSO

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  • Shahrukh
    Mar 11, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Nothing such incident happened in Karachi University. IJT is known for its allegations. Such a baseless allegation.Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:42PM

    Wow, what a university

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  • Architect
    Mar 11, 2012 - 4:17PM

    I know Saleem. He is a dedicated & hardworking student. Praying for his health.
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  • Mar 11, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Its Shameful
    APMSO should be banned if authorities dont take action against such racist activities by a racist org then peace of Unviersities in Pakistan is surely at stakeRecommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Shame on Jamiat and its lies

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  • Imran Uddin
    Mar 11, 2012 - 6:34PM

    In my opinion, all student unions should be banned in educational institutes all over Pakistan as these unions are producing only one product ‘lawlessness’.

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  • braveheart
    Mar 11, 2012 - 6:35PM

    apmso has created a fear in universities

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  • braveheart
    Mar 11, 2012 - 6:36PM

    @Imran Uddin:
    like if buses are causing accidents , they should be taken off from roads, i dont know if you are serious

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  • Ali
    Mar 11, 2012 - 6:52PM

    what are Rangers doing in Uni?

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  • Imran Uddin
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:41PM

    @braveheart…
    yes the bus which is not following the rules and causing accidents should be taken off the roads as human life is more important. I know where you are coming from but politics and education can’t go together.

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  • Abdullah
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:39PM

    *APMSO is indeed a organisation which has created a fear in the students, a terror for the students which eventually stops them from education. they have aged man in them who settles in arts lobby and the girls are usually very oppressed by their activities as they never leave a chance. I must say APMSO should be banned in KU. *

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  • Dani
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Nothing such incident happened in Karachi University

    And how do you know that? Have you got some super powers? I’ve witnessed the incident myself.

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  • braveheart
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @Imran Uddin:
    i dont know whether you know anything about constitutional rights of students

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  • mobi
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:38AM

    IJT is a terrorist organization…..it should banned all over pakistan……it has created a fear in universities……..

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  • Imran Uddin
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:07AM

    @ braveheart
    the way people from both parties blaming each other in the comments above, I think this is what you are referring to your constitutional rights. If students concentrate on their education and start respecting their teachers then the educational institute would be a much better place. Would you please name one constitutional right that is beneficial for studies and career??

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  • fahd siddiqui
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:38AM

    IJT is a terrorist organization…. it has links to international terrorist organizations. foreign terrorist are found hiding in JI nazims and nazima’s houses.. it should be banned. every where

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  • Light
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:50PM

    @braveheart

    tell me one single university from a developed nation which has a “POLITICAL” party group…

    only students bodies are allowed in universities which are non-political.. But again this is Pak and the constitution was built by the corrupt politicians with the support of people like you who are blindly following them even when a child can see what they have done with Pakistan and what is there real purpose for being a politician..Recommend

  • Voice of KU
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:44PM

    @Shahrukh Sahib:
    How do you know, are you student of ku???

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  • no name
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:50PM

    i m in the university point on friday and that is true that APMSO was stoped the university point and searching for IJT workers in the point for giving forth degree to IJT workers………………………… this true n @Tausif Aijaz laying Recommend

  • Omar
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:57PM

    All parties have arms and terrorist wings and specially these two APMSO & IJT. There shouldn’t be allowed any political party in educational institutions.As i personally know Saleem is a nice man but what happened with him i don’t know. We have to pray 4 his health.

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  • braveheart
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:50PM

    @Imran Uddin:
    the only reason of this violation is ban on union elections

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  • braveheart
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:54PM

    @Light:
    islami jamiat talaba is not a political organization , it is an independant shura and an electoral system , thats apmso who act as the b team of mqm ,

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  • braveheart
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:58PM

    @Imran Uddin:
    healthy activities which ijt holds in universities is a part of education and when you have ban on student unions then you cant expect anything but fear and terror in universities and let me remind you that student politics is the backbone of any democratic system , the reason that you get ministers with fake degrees is also the ban on unions ,

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  • braveheart
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:00PM

    @Omar:
    do you have any prove that ijt has used arms on anyone innocent?

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  • maimoona khan
    Mar 14, 2012 - 3:15PM

    ranger taking there salary and watching the real conflict b/w political so called student party
    and enjoying

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  • Bee
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:49AM

    IJT brought in ARMS to stop the Spring Festival at NED… and I have witnessed that!!!

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  • Bee
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:50AM

    @braveheart:
    So no IJT member carries ARMS???

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  • Nuetral
    Mar 20, 2012 - 2:31AM

    I have been in IJT. I learned alot from this organization; how to manage people. how to manage time and work while continue your studies. In Jamiat , the review system i found was really fascinating as it is a modern tool for reviewing your work during and also after the work has done. I dont know why people calling it a backward party as it contains modern methodologies to manage people. Now i am retired from Jamiat but i didnt join Jamateislami as Jamiat is a seperate entity and has its own constitution and rules not influencing by any political party. In jamiat any cast any religion and any type of people can be admitted as it is a system of producing such people who works in favor of the nation and whos intention is straightforward and not biased. In my opinion , jamiat should exist and people should know its reality …………….

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