PAKISTAN: Varsity tensions reflect intractable feudsThe Washington Post.
The University of Karachi began a new session last week, two weeks late, under the watch of army rangers deployed as peacekeepers. Shaken professors and students spoke of hope for a fresh start but also betrayed fear, referring to instigators only as 'activists', instead of what they are - wings of national political parties that employ brutality and coercion to gain clout on campus.
In that sense, professors here say, the situation is a worrisome, if far less lethal, microcosm of the ethnic and sectarian feuds splitting this economic hub of 18 million. "Instead of discussion, their mood is agitation," said Khalid Iraqi, a public administration professor who said he recently resigned as the university's head security officer. "No one wants to face these people."
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