Multiple deaths reported in KU clashes

Two people have reportedly lost their lives and dozens severely injured in fierce clashes at the University of Karachi today. The confrontation started around half past noon earlier today at the Arts Faculty between rival political groups, The All Pakistan Muttaihada Students Association and The Jamiatut Talabai Pakistan. Eye witness accounts said the Arts lobby was transformed into a “blood bath” later in the evening as tensions rose.

“People armed with iron rods were sitting in the common rooms, hitting any and everyone they saw” narrated one of the students. Reports from GEO add that fighting also took place outside the Arts Faculty, near the Administration block; Rangers have reportedly taken 50 students into custody.

Earlier in the day, students from the morning program, particularly all the girls, undertook an immediate emergency evacuation strategy. “We just assume, as a rule, that as soon as any clashes take place all classes are cancelled and you run for home as fast as you can” an apprehensive female class fellow explained to me when I asked her if we should consider taking our Mass Communication class scheduled during the time the clashes first erupted.

It is not clear yet why the clashes started off in the first place, but observers said everything took place at a rapid pace. “We were sitting in the Arts Lobby like we do every day when suddenly we heard a large roar of male students coming from behind us, then one of the AP members screamed to his comrades to get hold of someone in the crowd and before we knew it, everyone was hitting everyone so we just started running for our lives like all the other girls” a petrified class fellow told me on the phone.

I was in main library when all this happened and chaos immediately ensued there as well. “Phadda hogaya, phadda hogaya, sab band karo” screamed the librarian as everyone tried to make sense of what was happening. By the time I had left university at around 1 o clock, I saw several police vans entering the university and a Rangers truck parked just outside the Silver Jubilee Gate. But despite this security was quite shabby as decidedly suspicious looking “students” on motor bikes were seen entering the university.

Such clashes of course are not uncommon at the University, earlier this year academic activities were disrupted for a week when similar clashes between rival groups took a turn for the worse. It is not clear yet which group the dead students belonged to or what the number of injured students are, but one thing is for sure, things will definitely be very volatile security wise for the next few days as rivals may decide to take revenge. Academic activities will, as usual, also be disrupted.

More updates as and when they are received.

Post script: Reporting done by my self and another student who would prefer to remain anonymous. Names of students quoted above have been withheld to protect their anonymity and security.

Update 1 at 9:57 PM: Associated Press of Pakistan quote a university spokesman as saying “firing” took place at the campus in which “some” students sustained injuries. The university has officially been closed down for the next two days.

Update 2 at 10:05 PM: ATV News are putting the causalities at 1 dead and 3 students injured. They also quote Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratulabad who conveyed his sadness over the violence whilst ordering the immediate arrest of those responsible for the “martyrdom” of the student.

Update 3 at 10:29 PM:: Latest news coming in from MQM’s news channel has put the death toll at 4, one of the dead is identified as Syed Mohammad Ramesh, who I believe is a class fellow of mine. I cannot confirm this at the moment, but either way this is extremely depressing. What kind of politics is this?

Update 4 at 10:47 PM:: One more dead identified as security guard Rahim and student Osama. Fresh news coming in also add that some teachers were also injured.

Update 5 at 11:30 PM: Injured taken to Jinnah and Abbasi Shaheed Hospitals, firing outside both hospitals too. NED and Urdu Universities to remain closed tomorrow. Jamiatut Taleebai Pakistan has done a press conference in which they have strongly condemned the clashes, announcing that they will observe a “protest day” tomorrow. 10 of their workers are reportedly missing. Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the clashes and expressed his grief at the death of APMSO worker and student Ramesh.

Update 5 at 12:00 PM: It is still not entirely clear why the clashes started but I have learned through reliable sources that they may have erupted over “White Day” celebrations. AMPSO students had apparently decided to celebrate their leader Altaf Hussain’s birthday in advance (since it would originally fall in Ramazan) as “white day” after a similar program had been postponed last week because of clashes that also caused the extracurricular activity week (Students Week) to be called off. But the scheduling did not go down too well with Jamiat students, it seems. One source adds that the provocation may have been started by Jamiat workers.

Update 6 at 12:21 PM: A Jamiat sympathizer has revealed a slightly different version of the events. Speaking to a fellow student aiding me in the compiling of this blog post, the Jamiat sympathizer narrated how Jamiat had scheduled a Istabal-e-Ramazan dars today. The administration had already granted them permission for this. Meanwhile APMSO students had scheduled “White Day” for the same day, but their permission request had been denied by the administration. Disgruntled over this, they decided to turn up at the venue of the Jamiat dars and spoil events there. In retaliation, Jamiat started fighting and at least 2 of their workers died in the clashes.

I’m afraid I don’t have power and I’m almost running out of battery on my laptop now so the updates will have to stop here until KESC blesses me again.

36 Comments so far

  1. hzl (hzl1) on August 26th, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

    Chay pana start. Dont remember this happening too much during the previous government’s tenure.

  2. survivor on August 26th, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

    Allah hi reham karay is shehr per… i m starting to believe its a cursed city :( hamesha kuch bura hi ho raha hota hai is shehr k sath

  3. mastqalandar on August 26th, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihee rajion…

    May Allah help the innocents, Ameen.

  4. barristerakc on August 26th, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

    correction: 5 students killed in fighting! 2 of each from APMSO & JI and another one from PSF.

    In addition to:

    – 2 ANP activist shot dead in Gulistan-e-Jauhar
    and another MQM activist shot dead in his office at II Chundigar Road today in Karachi

  5. zsikand on August 27th, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    how stupid is the administration to allow altaf hussains bloody birthday to be celebreated IN the school?

    these things have happened in the past so why didn’t they tell them to do it outside as per school policy or something?!

  6. mrfsl on August 27th, 2008 @ 3:27 am

    Syed Mohammad Ramesh is from Persian Dpt BS 1st year.a good friend of mine. may his soul rest in peace

  7. ucilite on August 27th, 2008 @ 5:02 am

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihee rajion…

    May Allah forgive all those who have past away and give sabr to their families.

  8. mohammedosama on August 27th, 2008 @ 8:32 am

    it is a attempt to destabilise the law and order situation of karachi, keeping in view the current dirty politic game is on the move, this is just a rehasel of what is going to happen.. fasten up your seat belts, be very alert dont let any body harm you or your loved ones.

    take K.

  9. HITMAN (hitman) on August 27th, 2008 @ 9:57 am

    y on earth one wants to celebrate the birthday of a BASTARD in an educational institute? Even SZABIST’s students don’t do that for Bhutto.
    This again shows that these goons have no regard for human life.

  10. HITMAN (hitman) on August 27th, 2008 @ 10:00 am

    If one visits KU, he/she thinks of it as a high security zone because of the large presence of Rangers there. Even then such bloodbath proves that the enforcement agencies allowed this to happen. They all come under whom? Governor?

  11. balma on August 27th, 2008 @ 10:10 am

    Why couldn’t people cut the cake and welcome Ramzan at the same time?
    Thank you Ms. Razvi for this post and for writing Ramazan as Ramazan and not as you-know-what.

    What I fail to understand is if these guys go to university to get education or to get into all this phaDDaas. One way to handle this is to have a heavy duty tuition fee. Deserving students can be granted financial aid, and the rest of these ghunda types should be paying through their noses…only then these phaddaas can be stopped.

    Hum bhee kaheen univ gayae thay….and itnay saal gayae…kay saalo’n kee gintee bhool gaye, magar majaal hae hae kay istoodants itnay aapay say baahar ho jayai’n…sure, there was a student union but that had nothing to do with political parties of the country. Kaun kitnee zyaadah parties karvaayae gaa, was the criteria. These politcal party oriented student union politics in Pakistan has destroyed our education standard.

    And how do they get to carry DanDaas and bundooqs in the university.
    Stop this nonsense please.

    And, just out of curiousity which one is MQM’s news channel, Ms. Razvi?
    Do PPP and Muslim League and two hundred other political parties of Pakistan have their channels too. Amazing.

  12. adeelali on August 27th, 2008 @ 11:32 am

    I was near Photocopy shop when all of that started. People were firing in front of us. Few Dozen of cars were damaged, glasses were broken…. it all was happening in BS Car Parking. We hid in photocopy shop, activists were beating someone.. and there was continuous firing in Computer Science Car Parking. Targeted person suddenly ran towards MBA depart. At that time we decided to escape while other people remained hiding in the shop. We decided to go from Silver Jubilee as it all was happening in a Maskan route. But there were angry activists in our route also who were breaking car glasses with the helmets and sticks. We then realized that we are being surrounded by them but surprisingly they did nothing to us and we continued running to Silver Jubilee Gate……

  13. MB (kar_munib) on August 27th, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    TERRORIST are in power, what else you can expect. And its not their fault actually. The so called "highly educated" karachiites have elected ALTAF GANG and ANP GANG.

    Now pay for it

  14. Faisal.K (faisalk) on August 27th, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

    pathetic this loss of life…sorry you guys have to go through this Z, stay safe

  15. zeeshan on August 28th, 2008 @ 1:37 am

    Well, ask any sane person in KU and he’ll probably tell you how much he HATES Jamaties!

    Anyway, young blood has been shed, never a good thing. May they rest in peace. I wish these guys learn that figthing for ANP or MQM or Jamiat… it’s not that big a deal. Nothing is worth your life except your family and that’s it.

  16. hbrehman on August 28th, 2008 @ 4:35 am

    IT HAS STARTED…. i was afraid it had to…
    all karachiites celebrated musharraf leaving!…. now the will have to bear the consequences…. obviously everyone wanted him to go…. it had bin a long time that opposition parties got their share in the cake….
    now there is NO ONE to control the thugs that will come out on the streets..i dont care what party they are from
    yesterday…. one of my uncles son was going to his OWN WALIMA near barbq 2nite…. he and his brother were GUNNED DOWN!… why?… coz they did not stop the car when the robbers asked them to because they had the bride in the car… and they were worried abt her safety…. at one of my senoirs dholki in colege …as the function ran til 1 inda…parents who came to pick their daughters were greeted by thugs who stole their valuables and then REQUESTED them to call the girls out of the house!… thank god by chance a police mobile came by and they fled…. waisay if the police knew what was goin on…they wudnt have come on that street… they were probably petty thugs …

    i am not going to let any members of my family be out of the house after 9….i hope u all take precautions too… not that ur safe anywhere… the present ELECTED leader is known to force himself into houses and have his way with the women….

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on August 28th, 2008 @ 8:15 am

    IJT vs IJT Haqiqi(aka APMSO).

    "Good" old days are back.

  18. ameerhamza on August 28th, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

    It is a very sad event. All killings are sad but this comes just before Ramazan at a time when the entire country is in some sort of war. And to top it, our media has been saying such things like ‘… a political party is involved…. a religious party is involved…’ without naming anyone. That is ridiculous when we know who is involved.

  19. jilani on August 28th, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

    I am really upset to read these lines about students killing each other. I don’t understand why our political parties insist to have political student organizations in intitutions. I would like to suggest that in institutions should have unions but only for students affairs not to show their political alliance. Earlier As I remembber there was an affadavit to be signed by every student at the time of admission that he/she will not take part in kind of political activities? Thanks. Wassalam. Sincerely Jilani, Muscat Oman.

  20. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on August 28th, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

    Well, ask any sane person in KU and he’ll probably tell you how much he HATES Jamaties!

    Zeeshan Darling, a sane person will never bother himself to hate someone who he doesn’t even know at all.

    And do remember that altaf hussain is an ex-Jamati.

  21. d0ct0r on August 29th, 2008 @ 12:29 am

    Like military academies strict Martial law should be imposed in these professional educational institutions. Study there like a student rather then a foot soldier of a political party,go home and there do what ever you like,celebrate birthday of absconding grand terrorist or whatever,BUT on campus don’t tolerate any such thing. And ban these friggin` student unions and no weapons should be allowed on campus,body search them,do what ever it takes,its very much doable if they really are serious..

    High handedness of rangers and law enforcement agencies overseeing all these could be an issue but university highups could form teacher committees on rotating basis which could work with them to secure and rid the uni of these terrorists and miscreants

  22. d0ct0r on August 29th, 2008 @ 12:35 am

    Well, ask any sane person in KU and he’ll probably tell you how much he HATES Jamaties!

    yea and before doing that he will explain to you in detail why he abhors and loathes terrorists and goons from MQM Altaf

  23. karachiwala on August 29th, 2008 @ 1:43 am

    Jamiat is the master terrorist in all the educational institutes, from Punjab University to Karachi University they are murdering people just to appease their masters, When ever Qatil Qazi in karachi they gift him with the bodies of innocent people.

    Brawls are not new between students group in colleges and universities but the introduction of Arms by Jamiat turns the students politics into bloody affair.

    Jamiat on wednesday purposely clashed with APMSO who are arranging a function in University.

    A clash took place in the morning but solved but these jamati (Al Qaeda) terrorists opened fire on Atif Hussain(Raamish) a bullet struck him on his head he was taken to hospital but these in human Jamaties hijack the ambulance and killed the injured boy in the ambulance(Video proof is below.

    The jamati terrorists can been clearly trying to kill atif who was seriously injured in the ambulance, but the blood thristy jamati terrorists wants to kill the young guy and they done it.

    BBC also reports that Jamatis first killed APMSO Activist.

    May Allah give the soul of Atif Hussain rest in peace.

  24. zeeshan on August 30th, 2008 @ 5:14 am

    "Zeeshan Darling, a sane person will never bother himself to hate someone who he doesn’t even know at all.

    And do remember that altaf hussain is an ex-Jamati."

    Adnan, well then that counts you out!

  25. zeeshan on August 30th, 2008 @ 5:18 am

    d0ct0r: How young were you when you were sexually abused by an MQM activist anyway? :D

  26. d0ct0r on August 31st, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

    BBC’s article simply state that there was a brawl between JI’s IJT and MQM’s APMSO,whereas a commentator on that youtube footage you have posted claims that MQM APMSO’s incharge at KU Naveed Siddiqui, Meraj, Maqsood, Baber and Shehzada Imran are clearly recognizable in that footage.

  27. d0ct0r on September 1st, 2008 @ 1:17 am

    @zeeshan Forget how young.. You tell me how OLD were you when Altaf murdered his first victim? or when he eliminated Azeem Ahmed Tariq from his path?

  28. alam on September 1st, 2008 @ 6:27 am

    Let me present a different take:

    I think Ramzaan is itself provocative. Everytime, it comes, ppl just go nutes in Pakistan, even though the working time is less. You can see enraged ppl on streets driving cars, in ofice buildings complaining about the hot wetaher and "roza lug raha hai", "mujhay neend aa rahi hai", etc etc BS

    What can be done about it? Honestly, i dont know.

  29. abuali on September 1st, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

    Karachiwala & Mr. Zeeshan are true live example of MQM disinformation cell. They want to change white with black along with redness of blood.

    They exposed their lie by themselves.

    In video the ambulance bleongs to KKF (KHIDMAT-E-KHALQ FOUNDATION) which belongs to MQM. Despite of taking injured to hospital they took injured as hostage & beating him. MQM APMSO’s incharge at KU Naveed Siddiqui, Meraj, Maqsood, Baber and Shehzada Imran are clearly recognizable in that footage.

    This is the replay of May 12, 2004 & 2007. In 1989 four workers of PSF were killed by APMSO, can this fact is challengable? In 2007 they killed 5 citizens including three IJT workers just outside the campus, is it wrong? Now once again Atif come across by the "friendly fire" of MQM activist in Computer Science Department. MQM killed Abduljabbar in Abbassi Shaeed Hospital & other victim Osama in Darul sehat Hospital.

    In the link refering to BBC d0ct0r correctly pointed out that "BBC’s article simply state that there was a brawl between JI’s IJT and MQM’s APMSO"

    Please don’t try to misguide people here. Everybody knows your reality.Every one knows about the true face of MQM. Killers of Azeem Tariq, Hakim Saeed, Mohsin Siddiqui, Raees Amrohvi, Khalid bin Walid & many more.

  30. shoaib on September 2nd, 2008 @ 12:49 am

    I must refer to my envisioned friends and just want to ask them how did you see the Role of Jamat/jamiat every where in the society either in the main stream politics or in the institutions. In the main stream politics, they are just not more than a coercive party always black mailing the system with the million marches and dharnas and Jamiat with the so called islamic teachings in the institutions. I must salute the students of Baluchistan where they have not allowed these goons and thugs of Jamiat to enter in the premises and are successful in keeping the harmony there. Jamat has a history and history is that they were against the creation of Pakistan and same revolves around their approach and workings. Who has stake in Karachi will never destabilize Karachi and at least jamat has no stake.Its for sure and every one acknowledges it.

  31. d0ct0r on September 2nd, 2008 @ 5:00 am

    "I must NOT salute Jamiat because they allowed these thugs and terrorists from MQM to enter in the premises and were not successful in keeping the harmony here."

    MQM is simply a gang of terrorists and rent-a-thugs, MQM Altaf is NOT synonymous with karachiites. Common Karachiites are working hard every day in government and private sector and are finding it hard to make their ends meet,while ‘jobless murderer governor’ and telephonic Quaid Grand terrorist Altaf’s secure base and financially stable future is somewhere else. Loyalties and sincerities of these opportunist hypocrite terrorists lies somewhere else. These terrorist can afford to ruin and destroy Karachi and move back to their secure bases,whereas we karachiites can’t..

  32. d0ct0r on September 2nd, 2008 @ 5:03 am

    like i earlier commented

    ban these friggin` student unions and no weapons should be allowed on campus

    Jamiat or APMSO, just throw them out if they create any unrest on campus.

  33. d0ct0r on September 2nd, 2008 @ 5:49 am

    MQM has a long history of using Ambulances for its terrorist activities and supplying arms,on 12 May while other Ambulance services were barred and blocked out from operating in the terror hit areas and even one of the Edhi Ambulance driver was shot dead by MQM’s foot soldiers whereas MQM’s KKF Ambulances were roaming around with impunity and were supplying arms to the terrorists holed up on Shara-e-faisal.

    MQM has a long history of raiding and stealing dead bodies from Edhi morgue,Rizwan edhi has raised the issue countless times. Politics of dead bodies is MQM’s hallmark. when MQM’s terrorist aid committee burnt alive lawyers and their clients after locking them up at Tahir Plaza,they started claiming that all the victims were ‘hamdard'(sympathizers) of MQM. They first burn,torture and brutally murder their victims then claim that the victims were their ‘hamdard'(sympathizers) so how could they possibly be involved in their killings..

  34. karachiwala on September 3rd, 2008 @ 12:35 am

    Jamat e Islami Jamiat are synonyms with AL Qaeda in Pakistan the International Terrorist Organization declared by World all over but Still these Al Qaeda in Pakistan are targeting the innocent people of Karachi.
    These Jamati Animals branded as kafirs from Ulema of all the Sects of Islam not only trying to destabilize Pakistan but also trying to break Pakistan.
    People like Doctor and abuali belong to Mododi sect which is not only called Fitna by Great Ulema like Molana Yousuf Ludhyani Shaheed but they also warned people about their Gumrah Aqaids.

    Further more the Mododi Sect(Jamat e Islami) are not only Gustakhs of Prophets(A.s) but also Gustakhs of Pious Prophet Wives(R.A)

    Jamiat is not terrorizing the students in karachi but also terrorize pupils of Punjab Univeristy they even tortured Imran Khan in PU.

    Jamat e Islami never condemn Suicide attacks that kills hundreds in Pakistan in recent Years but Harbour and sheltered Al Qaeda in Pakistan
    AL Qaeda number 3 Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was arrested from Mrs. Abdul Qadoos house(Nazima of Jamat e Islami in Pindi).

    Not only that Al Qaeda suspects also arrested from Sabiha Shahids House a chief of Jamat e Islami in Karachi.

    Nine Al Qaeda Men were also arrested from the house of a relative of Hafiz Salman Butt Local Jamat e Islami Leader and Former MNA of Jamat in Lahore.

    As Jamat e Islami don’t have any stake in Karachi now they are out to kill and destabilizing karachi as MQM City Gov is doing marvelous job and to stay in news they had to kill few of their members to stay in headlines.


    The people of karachi are aware of Terrorists of Jamat e Islami and Jamiat and they will reject them Morally Religiously and Politically as the ugly face of jamat e islami is unveil.

  35. xoid on September 5th, 2008 @ 12:42 am

    apart from the political coments i would like to ask what i need to do to pass the damn bcom papers cause styding for them aint helping and even asking for help from the strong hold party there didnt prove any worth. what do i need to do to pass those damn papers. most of the invigulators are corupt and so are the paper checkers. most of the staff there also can be questioned on performance. i tried all the ways i could even asked for a minister to help but also to no avail. what i dont understand that when the angels of karachi dont even appear in the papers how do they pass. ironic aint it. i guess KU is only for gangs and guns and nothing else cause i dont see anything going on there that can be clasified as being fair. sad really sad about the hypocrisy of some peeple.

  36. truepakistani on September 10th, 2008 @ 8:14 am

    In saray Bharway kay bachoo ki ma ki chooth.. Parhnay atay nahi hay BC Uni may aur jab dekhoo larai.. Ma kay loray jab martay hain tu un ki family ko suffer karna parta hay.. jo banda mara hay us may mera ek dost bhi tha.. MQM kay gandoo qaid ALtaf Behanchod nay kya kiyaa.. kuch bhi nahi.. aur Jamiat walay Ma kay loray… Islam kay naam par larai kartay hain.> Bhosri kay Islam larai nahi sikhata… sabar karna sikahta hay.. khiar… KU is nothing but a place of Gangster.. Pehlay ALtaf matherchod yahan say niklaa ab aur pata nahi kitnoo ko nikalay gaa… AUr wo IShrat ul ibaat bhosrii ka jo aaj governer hay wo behan kay loray nay kitnay qatal k iyaya hain.. sala Harami DMC kay bahir bethata tha … Unit ka incharge tha wahan par.. aur Docter azzeem ka qatil.. us nay hi darwaza khola tha dakoo kay liayay takay wo azeem tariq ko maray.. Aur MQM jo bani thi Sindhiyoon say Wadaira system khatam karnay kay liaayay aaj Ma kay loray 24 seats sindh say daykar ASIF bharway ko president bana diaa.. Yeah BEchanchod kissi kay nahi…. Saray Gandoo mulk ko lootanay aai hain.. aur sirf students ko laykay apna muqsad pora kartay hain… May kissi party ko represent nahi karta aur na hi karna chahoo gaa.. coz to me Sindhi baclochi punjabi paktoon muhajir are all brothers.. we have to live and die as pakistani.. mager IN BEHANCHODOO nay mulk ki maa chod di hay..

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