Tuesday, April 1, 2008

FC Pol-Sci Society Seminar: Targeting Iran - with David Barsamian

FC (college) University cordially invites you to a Seminar in honor of FCC alumnus Eqbal Ahmad

"Targeting Iran: Imperialism the Next Phase"
David Barsamian

Date: Wednesday April 2nd, 2008

Time: 3 to 5 PM

Venue : E331, EBlock, F.C.College

David Barsamian is an American radio broadcaster, writer, and the founder and director of Alternative Radio, the Boulder, Colorado-based syndicated weekly talk program heard on some 125 radio stations in various countries. Barsamian started working in radio in 1978 at KGNU in Boulder, Colorado. His interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine. He is also the author of several books, including The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting, Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire and Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky.

Directions: Please tell the security at the gate your institution & that you are attending the seminar.

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HRCP Strongly Condemns Assault on Dr. Riaz by Pakistan Rangers

Press Release, April 1, 2008 Karachi: In a joint statement issued to the press, Iqbal Haider, Co-Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Ghazi Salahuddin, the Vice Chairperson of HRCP Sindh Chapter, has strongly condemned the assault on Monday on Dr. Riaz, Professor of Applied Chemistry in Karachi University by Pakistan Rangers, deployed at the university. The incident occurred following a clash between two student groups.

The Rangers deployed in the campus closed all entry and exit gates after the clash. When Dr Riaz was leaving the campus at 5 p.m., the Rangers stopped his car at Silver Jubilee gate and after some harsh words they brutally hit him with batons, causing severe injuries. He was then taken to the Aga Khan Hospital by a group of teachers and students.

HRCP demands stern action against the culprits, and urges the Karachi University authorities to immediately file an FIR against them to ensure justice for the honorable professor of the university.

Iqbal Haider, Co-Chairperson

Ghazi Salahuddin, Vice Chairperson, Sindh Chapter

KARACHI: Rangers beat up KU teacher

By Meera Jamal

KARACHI, March 31: A professor of the applied chemistry department at the University of Karachi was severely beaten up by Rangers personnel on the campus on Monday afternoon, university officials told Dawn.

The incident took place following the tightening of security by university authorities after a clash between two rival groups of students.KU campus adviser Dr Majeedullah Qadri told Dawn that Prof (Dr) Riaz Ahmed of the applied chemistry department was beaten up by the Rangers. “Security was tightened and the campus gates were closed to outsiders after two student groups clashed with each other at around 1.30pm,” he said.A few hours later, Prof Ahmed was stopped by Rangers personnel when he was leaving the campus through what is known as the Silver Jubilee Gate, Dr Qadri said.

“He tried to explain that he should not be stopped as he is a teacher. At this, the Rangers personnel misbehaved and started beating him up.”He said when he reached the spot he found Rangers Commandant Colonel Iftikhar present there and Dr Ahmed had been beaten up “quite badly”.KU Vice-Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim also reached the place of incident and later called the Rangers’ commandant to his office.

The VC reportedly told the commandant to take immediate action against those involved and said that the university administration would not tolerate misconduct with teachers.Colonel Iftikhar told Dawn that he could not comment on the issue as he was conducting an inquiry. However, the campus security adviser said that four Rangers personnel involved in the incident had been suspended. They had been put in the ‘campus jail’, he added.

Meanwhile, university teachers announced a boycott of classes on Tuesday in protest against the incident. “Karachi University Teachers Society has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday in which the future line of action will be decided,” said a KUTS spokesman.

(Courtesy DAWN)