SU teachers, civil society call for ouster of vice-chancellor

KARACHI – Laying the assertion of an attempt on lives of two Sindh University professors against embattled Vice-Chancellor Dr Nazir Mughal, who faces a relentless movement by varsity staffers, civil society organisations and teachers’ bodies on Thursday demanded the governor to remove him forthwith. Led by human rights activist and National Commission on Status of Women chief Anis Haroon, they also called for a transparent probe into the attack on Irfana Mallah and Amar Sindhu. Interacting with the media at the Press Club, the two survivors linked the attack to their active role in the struggle for the removal of Nazir Mughal. They alleged that the vice-chancellor with the help of his corrupt cronies was trying to weaken the movement against him. Irfana Mallah, while recalling that four students and a professor, namely Bashir Channar, were killed before Mughal was sent on a (forced) leave, asserted that his return was prejudicial to the varsity’s environment as well as academic activities and would put students at risk. “And now when the government has brought him back, Mughal along with a group of 40 dacoits is threatening the academicians,” she alleged while adding that many varsity teachers had already vacated their residences in the colony for the fear of threats and dacoits, who were roaming freely in the area and on varsity premises. Amar Sindhu – the other survivor – said that six bullets were fired on their car by three attackers near Sohrab Goth when they were heading towards Hyderabad from Karachi. “One of the bullets grazed my back as I was sitting on the front seat,” she said and asserted, “It was not a threat but a direct attack on our lives.”  Condemning the attack on the female teachers, Anis Haroon said that the matter would be taken up with Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, who is also the chancellor of public universities. She said they had requested him for a meeting through a formal written request, adding that they would apprise him with the present situation of the Sindh University. Speaking at the news conference, Karachi University Teachers’ Association member Prof Mutahir Ahmed announced that teachers of the Karachi University would take part in the struggle for the rights of SU teachers. Flaying the attack, he said it was not only a threat to two professors of one university, but a message for teachers of all universities.

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