Protesters demand arrest of professor’s murderers

KARACHI: Several protests were held in different parts of the city to demand arrest of the killers of Prof Waheed ur Rehman aka Yasir Rizvi as University of Karachi resumed its classes amid grief and sorrow on Monday.

Journalists, professors and students gathered at Karachi Press Club (KPC) to condemn the incident and demand from the government to arrest the killers. They also demanded security for the family of the victim, compensation to the heirs, free medical and educational facilities to the family. They also asked that the road where he was killed be named after him.

They also demanded from Karachi University and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology to name a hall or library after Waheed and Karachi University should appoint the widow as 17th grade officer.

Senior journalist and ex-president KPC Khursheed Tanvir said Waheed was a honest person. It was unfortunate that such scholars were being killed brutally which was against education.

“Those who are behind this incident should be brought to justice. We would not rest until the criminals are arrested,” he said.

Prof Tauseef Ahmed Khan said Waheed had been rendering services at KU for many years. He had a big hand in grooming of Mass Communication students of KU and FUUAST.

“We want to know who put off the beacon of light. Government has completely failed to expose the murderers of Prof Shakeel Oaj and other teachers yet despite making tall claims,” he said.

He told that around 10 teachers had become victim of target killing in 10 years in the city.

A separate protest was held by the teachers and students of FUUAST at the Abdul Haq campus.

Pakistan Federal Union of Columnist in their annual meeting also condemned the incident.

Lecturer Dr Aazadi Fateh, Sana Ghauri, Shahid Raza, Tayyab Jajjvi, Saddam Tufail Hashmi, Rana Javed, Irfan Ali, Syed Aon Abbas, Anees Sikandar Ali, many journalists, former students were also present.

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