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KU constitutes commitee to probe alleged Holi violence

Sindh Universities Minister Ismail Rahu also took notice of the incident and directed KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi to investigate the matter.

The University of Karachi (KU) has formed a three-member fact-finding committee to probe the incident of students being allegedly stopped and beaten from celebrating Holi.

As per the notification issued on Wednesday, Dean Faculty of Law Justice (retd) Hassan Feroz will be the convener of the committee, while it will include three members — MPA and member of Syndicate of KU’s Sadia Javed and Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science Mukesh Kumar.

The move comes a day after the University of Karachi (KU) denies reports of violence against students celebrating Holi on Tuesday.

According to the spokesperson of KU, no one took permission for Holi from them, nor did anyone complain of violence the alleged victim has not come forward yet, but the varsity administration is investigating so that accurate information can be made available.

In a viral video, some unidentified Hindu students studying at the university alleged that they had been “subjected to violence” and stopped from celebrating Holi by members of the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) — a student organisation.

On the other hand, IJT spokesperson Basiq Naeem told a news channel that the student organisation was not involved in the beating of students.

“We respect all religions,” he added.

He also alleged that members of the nationalist organisation wanted to promote religious hatred through baseless propaganda and demanded that the university administration conduct a transparent investigation into the matter.

Ismail Raho, the Sindh minister for universities and boards also took notice of the alleged incident and directed the KU vice chancellor to conduct an inquiry and submit a detailed report in this regard.



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