World Bulletin / News Desk
Two professors of Pakistan’s largest state-owned university have been gunned down within the last week in a rising spate of targeted sectarian killings in Karachi.
Dr Shakeel Auj, the Dean of Islamic Studies Faculty of the Karachi University was gunned down on Thursday on a busy city road in Karachi in broad daylight when he was on his way to the Iranian Culture Center to attend a ceremony in his honor along with his colleagues.
Another academic from the same faculty, Assistant Professor Masood Baig was gunned down last week in the central district of Karachi. The deceased belonged to the Sunni school of thought.
Dr Auj was awarded with the country’s highest literary award by the President of Pakistan last month, while Professor Baig was a son-in-law of a prominent Sunni cleric Mufti Mohammad Naeem.
No group has claimed responsibility for the assassinations; however, police see it as a sequel of an ongoing spate of sectarian killings. Sectarian violence has had deep roots in Pakistan where thousands of people have been killed in bombings and targeted attacks during the last three decades. The ongoing spate of sectarian-motivated targeted attacks in parts of Pakistan, particularly in Karachi the commercial hub, was triggered a decade ago resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Shiites and Sunnis. The minority Shiites makes up 10 per cent of the 180 million population and Sunnis constitute 85 per cent of the total.
Karachi University, where both the deceased academics taught, is the country’s largest state-owned university with over 30,000 students enrolled.
Professor Moeed Ahmed, secretary of Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS), announced that all academic activities will remain suspended until the killers are arrested.
"We will not take classes until the arrest of the killers who have been targeting the teachers with impunity. Not only in Karachi University, but we are contacting other universities to join us in our protest,” Professor Moeed said.Last Mod: 19 Eylül 2014, 12:35