Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Two professors shot dead in Karachi

by Salman Hameed

There is a risk of getting numb from the constant barrage of such news from Pakistan. But it is also important to keep these in the news. By the way, does anyone know what happened to the person accused of blasphemy in Multan? And did anyone find out what he is accused of?

In the mean time, a former principal of Liaquatabad College was gunned down in Karachi. Just like that.
KARACHI: Poet and former principal of Liaquatabad College Professor Sibte Jafar was shot dead in Karachi on Monday, Express News reported. 
According to initial details, unidentified armed men opened fire at Jafar while he was commuting through the Liaquatabad area on his motorbike. 
Jafar’s body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. 
Police have started its investigation and more security personnel were summoned to keep the security situation in the area under control. 
Evidence collected from the crime scene suggested that a 9mm pistol was used in the crime. 
In the immediate aftermath of Professor Jafar’s murder, professors and lecturers in the province have announced a boycott of educational activities on Tuesday.
Apart from his educational duties, Professor Jafar was well known for his sozkhwani and marsia recitals. He was also known for his poetry. 
It has not been confirmed as yet if this was a sectarian attack.
And an assistant professor of medicine at Abbasi Shaheed hospital was also shot dead in Karachi. Just like that.
KARACHI: Assistant professor of medicine in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr Asad Usman was shot dead in Nazimabad on Tuesday, reported Express News. 
Unidentified men shot at Dr Usman and a guard on Tuesday afternoon. Injuired, they were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Dr Usman was pronounced dead by doctors. 
Dr Usman served in the medical ward of the same hospital. 
Family, police and other personnel are reaching the hospital for investigation.
A number of intellectuals and activists have recently been targeted in the city.
I'm curious how common it is for professors to be killed in this manner in other countries? Two professors in two days.

I will try to have some relatively uplifting posts tomorrow.


Umer said...

The danger of getting completely numb is already devouring us and it feels like giving up.

I just learned about the blasphemy case in Multan from a friend and since I am from Multan, I would try to find our more about the issue and, if possible, get in touch with someone close to the accused, although I have no hope for him, his family or anyone striving for a better society in this country.

Salman Hameed said...

Thanks Umer. It will be great to get more information on Junaid.


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