Library or headquarters for paramilitary soldiers
At Golimar library, guns take place of books
Karachi, Feb 06: Paramilitary soldiers have occupied the building intended for Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Library, what was once a sprawling sanctuary for the men of learning, now serves as a regional headquarters for paramilitary soldiers.
the residents of old Golimar, the soyem of Baloch elder Akbar Bugti had
brought much more than just the pain of losing their cherished leader.
In the protests that followed, a 35-year-old library was burnt down by
arsonists, leaving behind nothing but rubble and soot.
the building has been taken over by the Rangers. Men with large,
automatic rifles guard its entrance and no civilian is allowed to step
into the tall, white complex, which looks out of place in the otherwise
Among the few pre-Partition
settlements, "Golimar" got its name from the firing range set up by the
British in the area. The majority of the population is ethnic Baloch,
though Sindhi, Mohajir and Punjabi families have co-existed peacefully
Established in 1971, the Shah Abdul Latif
Bhittai Library was spread over 1,500 square feet and housed a wide
array of books on history, politics and literature.
was Bhutto sahib's [Zulfikar Ali Bhutto] gift to us," says an elderly
man, who walked with a limp and stooped because of old age. To this day,
he remembers the political leader with reverence.
a beautiful, peaceful place with tall coconut trees. My friends and I
often went to the library," says another local Mujeeb Rahman. "Back in
the '90s, I would read the morning paper there."
library's loss was the loss of a social amenity that could benefit their
generations, citizens left no stone unturned to highlight the issue. In
2011, the late Fauzia Wahab set aside funds to reconstruct the library.
Construction work carried on smoothly but at the same time, residents
recall, a Rangers van took guard near the building.
it would change places, but then the building's entrance became their
permanent abode. Eventually they started sitting inside the building. A
few days later, we saw them setting up barricades. Now it has become
their regional quarter," recalls Ghulam Rasool, a social and political
worker. "What happened to our library or the funds for the building?"
contacted, the Rangers spokesperson was even unsure about any such
building but later denied occupying the Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai
Library. "We do not have this building in our possession. Our mobile
stands at its entrance to stop crimes."
Already the city
suffers from a dearth of libraries. Though the Karachi Metropolitan
Corporation website puts the number of libraries over 60, they are
either too small to fit the bill of a public library, are managed
privately, or have shut down due to lack of funds.
27 last year, it was reported that during a visit by parliamentarians
to the Allama Iqbal Library, several books had gone missing.
library at the University of Karachi is also in a mess. On September
24, 2012, a newspaper reported that key sources of national history have
fallen prey to dust and mites.
With the education system
already in the pits and schools closed every now and then, residents
maintain, this library would have saved the future of their children.
"We don't want them to grow up illiterate," said Akhtar Mengal, a social
worker in old Golimar, who has been campaigning for the library. The news
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Collaborate opens at Indus Valley School
Karachi: Artists are thought to be individuals who like to
work in isolation or in a private zone far from the public eye. They
need their own space to give shape to inchoate ideas and only after
giving them the final touches that they put their artworks on display.
This is why artists generally shy away from working in groups. But when
they do, they come up with some startling results for reasons best known
to them. This was observed at the fifth alumni show of the Indus Valley
School of Art and Architecture graduates titled Collaborate which
opened at the school's gallery on Monday.
Artworks of more than 40 artists, made either in pairs or groups,
touch on a variety of subjects done in different media. The topics range
from modern-day socio-political issues to personal predicaments to
Emaan Mahmud and Essa Malik use digital prints to draw attention to
the fact that relationships witnessed from an outsider's perspective can
provide fodder to a creative person to come up with imaginative
interpretations. They have set their image in a futuristic time frame
and by using the water imagery have prevented it from looking
outlandish. The end result is pretty impressive.
Sarah Anjum and Sahar Ghanchi have opted for a more traditional art
form making a sullen face which depicts not just a character but an era.
They have intriguingly titled their piece 'Coming Together' (acrylic
paints, nails on Lasani board). The use of nails on the artwork serves a
twofold purpose: it adds a distinct shade to the whole picture and
highlights the pain of the character.
Humayun Memon and Ali Reza Dossal intelligently employ photographic
art and illustrations to underscore the element of puzzlement which
human beings often experience despite receiving crystal-clear signals.
These signals are usually received by virtue of the visual sense, the
eye to be specific. But even then sometimes the puzzles remain unsolved. The exhibition will continue until Feb 16.
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CMC reschedules MBBS papers
Larkana: The principal of the Chandka Medical College (CMC),
Larkana, Professor Dr Assadullah Mahar, on Monday announced that the
papers of surgery-II and medicine-II of the MBBS final year (10th
semester), which were torn up and boycotted by some students on Dec 7,
2012, would now be held on Feb 7.
The management of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences,
Jamshoro had communicated the date to the principal of the CMC, said
the press release of the college.
On 7 Dec 2012, some students appearing in the examinations after
exchanging hot words with invigilators tore up the theory papers of
medicine and surgery.
It had sparked protests and about 121 affected students filed petition in the court for re-conducting of the papers.
A disciplinary committee, headed by the principal with Professor Dr
Khursheed Abbasi of director academics and Professor Dr Riaz Sheikh as
members of the committee, after inquiry had decided to rusticate two
students Suhail Sarki and Majid Gorar for six months.
The High Court circuit bench of Larkana stayed the announcement of the results.
On Monday, protesting over the rustication of Suhail Sarki and Majid
Gorar, the students boycotted the regular classes in the Chandka Medical
College and observed a token hunger-strike at the main gate of the CMC.
Akash Anasri, the central vice chairman of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz arrived at the camp.
Addressing the protesters, he criticised the vice chancellor of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University for the situation.
He demanded withdrawal of rustication orders within two days and warned
that they would expand the protest, if their demand was not met.
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SU employees step up protest
Hyderabad: Academic activities and administrative
affairs were severely affected on Monday because of ongoing agitation
against the SU administration by the Sindh University Employees Workers
The leaders and activists of Sewa and All Sindh Universities
Employees Federation along with their families staged a sit-in on the
Superhighway to press the government to accept their demands.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro and Maqsood
Qureshi of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz also joined the protesters who
continued the sit-in for around three hours.
They demanded that the SU administration remove the registrar,
withdraw cases lodged against Sewa activists, release arrested activists
and accept their charter of demands.
An official of the Motorway police said that a large number of light
and heavy vehicles, air-conditioned coaches and cars had been stuck in
the gridlock caused by the protest near toll plaza on the highway from
12:45pm to 15:35pm.
But SU registrar Mohammad Nawaz Narejo tried to downplay the impact
of the agitation by saying the faculty members were fully cooperating
with the administration to ensure smooth running of academic process.
Students too were cooperating to a great extent because they wanted classes to run without any impediment, he said.
He said the administration had issued show-cause notices to a teacher
of the Sindh University Model School, Hyderabad, Mohammad Moosa Rajar,
and another teacher of the Sindh University Model School, Jamshoro,
Azmat Shaikh, after receiving complaints against them from their
The principals said the teachers did not attend classes and
participated in Sewa protests. Therefore, the administration issued them
show-cause notices and also withheld one-month salary of Mohammad Moosa
Rajar for misbehaving with the principal, he said.
Our Khairpur correspondent adds: The Shah Abdul Latif University
Employees Welfare Association observed a pen-down strike on Monday in
protest against the SU administration's action against its employees.
The employees took out a procession from the SALU premises and
marched to the old National Highway where they held a demonstration.
They said the SU administration had done great injustice to its
employees by having them arrested under fake cases. The employees had a
legitimate right to protest against injustices or denial of rights.
It had been an accepted practice but the SU administration had set a
new example by trying to quell the protest by force, they said.
They said that employees unions of all universities had decided to
continue their protest against the SU administration and SALU employees
would follow the decision. Dawn
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