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KU to share students’ data with intel agencies

KARACHI -UNS : Amid growing concerns about young individuals’ involvement in militancy and terrorism, the authorities of Karachi University (KU) have deiced to share the record of students with intelligence agencies on Tuesday.

According to our correspondent, an emergency meeting of KU’s Academic Council held today with Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan in chair.

The meeting, that was also attended by teachers, deans and the council members, reviewed security matters of the varsity in the light of growing concerns that some young individuals, specially former students, have been found involved in incidents of militancy and terrorism.

Sources said the meeting has decided to share the record of students with intelligence agencies in order to ensure the arrest of criminals and terrorists.

The decision would be approved be next meeting of academic council.

Today’s meeting also reviewed a proposal about police character certificate for students.

The university spokesman says all decisions will be taken in consultation with law-enforcing agencies.

Meanwhile, a similar meeting regarding security issued also held in NED University. It was presided over Vice Chancellor Sarosh Lodhi.

The meeting, also attended by security incharges and hostel wardens, reviewed security arrangements of the institution, especially at the entry and exit points.

The authorities decided to enhance the number of CCTV cameras.

Background

The development is being seen associated with Saturday’s gun attack on senior MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan who survived the audacious attempt on his life in Karachi’s Surjani Town.

The alleged mastermind of the attack, identified as Abdul Karim Sarosh Siddiqui, is said to be the student of Karachi University’s Applied Physics Department in 2011.

His father is retired professor of the KU.

Police said he is associated with a new outfit Ansar-ul-Shariah Pakistan (ASP) that meanwhile claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt in a Twitter message.

Law enforcers raided house of the alleged mastermind but failed to capture him as he escaped following a fierce gun battle that resulted in the killing of a policeman.

One of the assailants — later identified as Hassaan, a lab technician in the Dawood University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) — was also killed under controversial circumstances.

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