PAKISTAN

Protests over ‘attack’ on university autonomy in Karachi

Protests have taken place outside the Karachi Press Club to condemn the Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill 2018 recently passed by the Sindh Assembly and seen by its critics as robbing the universities of autonomy, reports The Nation.

According to the report, a number of people visited the protest camp and participants chanted slogans against the controversial legislation. They said, “The new law is a black law” and “Let universities be independent”. Addressing the participants, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Naeem Ur Rehman said that provincial rulers had nothing marvellous in the field of education and now want to push the residents of Sindh back into the Stone Age through the amendment bill. He called the amendment bill a virtual nail in the coffin of the higher education.

Naeem said educational institutions have expressed their dissatisfaction with the bill and have rejected it. Vowing to remain committed to revocation of the bill, the JI Karachi chief said that protests would continue until the PPP-led provincial government withdraws all controversial amendments to the law.
Full report on The Nation site