March 10, 2011

Govt. reluctant to take action against Karakoram University admin

Special Report

NASIRA Parveen was a brave girl to stand against the criminal elements in the administration of the Karakoram International University (KIU) – the only institution of higher learning in the backward Gilgit-Baltistan region known as the Orphaned Land of Pakistan – but every female student has not that much courage to take the risk of life and honor in the militarized and Talibanized educational institution.  

It’s a year since the KIU administration forced Nasira out of the university illegally, and so far the Pakistani government has not taken action against the accused criminals on campus despite repeated written appeals. This belies the claims of the democratically elected government of Pakistan, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also Chancellor of the KIU.

Readers of The Terrorland blogs know that according to a well-organized criminal plan, hatched in Islamabad, the KIU admin, first, tried to kill Nasira on campus in an engineered way but failed. Then they attacked her journalist brother Habib R. Sulemani directly. Luckily, he survived three attempts. Since March 29, 2010 Habib is living in solitary confinement. He's on the hit-list of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), which have declared him an 'American agent' and a 'traitor' for writing about the criminal elements in the ranks of our security agencies – a taboo subject in our militarized Pakistan.

According to sources, KIU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Najma Najam leads a powerful gang that includes Dr. Ahsanullah Mir, registrar; Manzoor Ali, assistant professor physics department; Dr. Salma Durrani, chairperson environmental sciences; Dr. Muhammad Ramzan, associate professor educational development; and Karim Khan. This influential gang – well-known for its links with criminal elements in the secret agencies – has made the academic staff and students hostage in the so-called institution of higher learning.

“They can hire and fire anyone," said a source in the KIU administration. "There're no rules and regulations. Due to their strong links in the mainstream media, their illegal actions remain in the dark. No reporter can give a news item about the corruption of the VC, Registrar and their friends in crimes.”

The university staff and students know many things but they can't speak publicly, fearing direct attacks and indirect humiliation. Certain students and staff members have been appointed as informers by the secret agencies, who are, according to the sources, being paid a stipend of Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month. "They're the Thought Police," said a teacher. "We know these people (agents on campus) who keep dividing the students and staff members on racial and sectarian grounds... but we can't do anything. There is an atmosphere of terror on campus."

“I’m ashamed working under a criminal gang at the Karakoram International University," said another perturbed teacher, requesting not to be named. "I’ve no choice but to keep my eyes and ears shut, and teach the students honestly in the class. That is what I can do."

A student said: "Gilgit-Baltistan will remember the duo (Dr. Najma Najam and Dr. Ahsanullah Mir) and their gang as a black chapter in our history. There're serious criminal cases but we're unable to raise our voice as they (gang members) have links in the corridors of power—actually the secret agencies run the affairs of the university.”

A staffer said: “Just google the name of Prof. Dr. Najma Najam and you will find records of her corruption, nepotism and plagiarism at the Punjab University (Lahore), Fatima Jinnah Women University (Rawalpindi) and now here (KIU).”

A political activist said: “She (Dr. Najma Najam) was appointed VC with a special mission—but now the over two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan have become aware of the crimes of our so-called security agencies in our area. Political awareness has exposed the real culprits who ignite racial and sectarian hatred in our peaceful area and get mileage...”

“The Vice-Chancellor has hired her friends, mostly retired, aged and incompetent people at high packages. In every department Dr. Najma Najam’s friends rule and the highly qualified local teaching staff are ignored, and often humiliated,” said a contractual staffer. “Funds of the Pakistani and Italian governments are being used mercilessly by the gang. The credibility of our university has gone with the wind, and now its very existence seems in danger.”

“We’re helpless,” said an official of the regional education department. “The VC has direct links in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. She ignores our Chief Minister and Governor.” 

Recently two students of the university were reportedly robbed of Rs. 520,000 by Dr. Najma Najam and her gang in the name of Federal Trade Minister Makhdoom Amin Faheem. The mainstream media was silent in this regard but when the social media raised the issue, the VC returned Rs. 240,350 to one student from the university funds. An official says it was a trick to balance the ledger! However, the crime was given a different angle in the media later on as the KIU Registrar's younger brother is the correspondent of a leading English language newspaper (where another accused is member of the editorial team) besides a student of the university." He's the actual PR officer of the gang," said an employee of the KIU.

Last year, Prof. Dr. Jillian Taylor – a much respected faculty member from Australia at KIU Education Department – was mentally tortured, humiliated and sacked just for being honest to her profession, sources said.

"Prof. Taylor's professional behavior had made the nonprofessional elements of the KIU admin suspicious about their future, so they fired her," said an insider. "However, when Mr. Sulemani raised this issue (Terror on campus), out of fear, the admin contacted Prof. Taylor and she was rehired to avoid any embracement or legal complications. This shows how influential the gang is."  

“The local journalists are equally helpless in dealing with the KIU situation," said a correspondent. "News are being censored at the media outlets downtown as most of the editorial staff of mainstream newspapers and electronic media are either former students or friends of Dr. Shafiq Jalandhri, who is the special assistant of the Voice-Chancellor.”

Dr. Jalandhri is former head of the Mass Communication Department, Punjab University Lahore, and friend of Dr. Najma Najam. “The internet is the only hope for the new generation to expose crimes in our education department,” the journalist added.
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(Shahid Gilgiti and JM contributed to this report, however, they couldn't get the point of view of the accused officials, who believe in the might of the mainstream media only.)

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2 comments:

  1. This is 3rd time I am writing to you that dont send me those material which involve any hatred against ISI or Pakistani agencies?

    By the way can you provide some solid evidence about what you have written and also send your Identity...............

    "Readers of The Terrorland blogs know that according to a well-organized criminal plan, hatched in Islamabad, the KIU admin, first, tried to kill Nasira on campus in an engineered way but failed. Then they attacked her journalist brother Habib R. Sulemani directly. Luckily, he survived three attempts. Since March 29, 2010 Habib is living in solitary confinement. He's on the hitlist of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), which have declared him an American agent and a 'traitor' for raising finger at the criminal elements in the ranks of security agencies – a taboo subject in the militarized Pakistan."


    Thanks & Best Regards
    Zeeshan Ahmed
    Telecom Professional

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  2. Then how can Islamabad defend that it does not support terrorism? I personally used to believe that Pak government does not harbor terrorist in its territory. But after learning about Karakoram University my conception was strongly shaken.

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