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Septuagenarian MQM-L leader Professor Dr. Hasan Zafar Arif found dead in his car!

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KARACHI: Body of MQM-L’s 72-year-old Deputy Convener  Professor Dr. Hasan Zafar Arif was found in the back seat of his (silver Lancer car bearing registration number) ANC-016 in Ibrahim Hyderi area here today.

Insinuating that Dr. Hasan Arif died of natural causes, JPMC head of emergency Seemi Jamali further informed Newspakistan.tv that apparently there were no torture mark or bullet wound on the body. SSP Rao Anwar too confirmed the absence of any trace of aggression. 

However, Former deputy convener MQM-L Nadeem Nusrat has taken to the Twitter negating the Police and JPMC versions: “Sorry but these images were necessary to share. Security forces are claiming Dr. Arif’s body bore no torture signs. Look at these pictures. There is no doubt now he’s been killed by security forces”. 

Cynics went haywire observing: He drove his car from his office at Fareed Chambers to his Phase VI house in DHA, why his car was found in Ibrahim Hyderi with his body – bearing torture marks – in the back seat. And if anyone else was driving, what happened to him?

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It is pertinent to recall here that Dr. Hasa Arif was taken into custody from KPC’s main gate when he tried to enter the club in order to address a Presser along with other MQM-L leaders. Dr. Arif, a former fellow at Harvard and an Associate Prof of KU, was  accused of facilitating and listening to Altaf Hussain’s controversial speech. However, he was released on orders of an ATC from the Central Prison here. 

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Over 100 Pakistani students to study in USA (Text and Video)

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KARACHI: A pre-departure orientation ceremony of over 100 students who will begin their graduate and undergraduate programs in the United States was hosted by United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan on Monday 17th of July here at Avari Towers.

Susan Ross, Cultural Attache of the Consulate General of USA in Karachi addressed the parents and students who have got admissions in bachelor, masters and Ph.D. programs in the universities including Dartmouth College, University of Texas Arlington, Boston University, New York University, University of Houston, Washington State UniversitySusan Ross stated: “I’m really pleased to be here, I really really like these kinds of events because I know that everyone in the room (as has been mentioned before) had to work really hard to get to this point. So I would re-iterate the congratulations toward you and commend you for your accomplishments and were really here to wish you well. Some of us will be participating in your breakout sessions and your activities this evening. I also wanted to commend you for your courage. It’s not easy to leave your home and go somewhere very unfamiliar very different from where you used to be. And to embark on your course of study and path that will take you and a direction that is yet unknown so from the US Consulate to you congratulations to you and go forth with our admiration and support.” etcJanan Ali Mirza, who is going to the University of Central Florida said:“I’m currently a pre-engineering student and I’m going to the state of Florida in the University of Central Florida to continue mechanical engineering. I went to Mama Parsi Girl’s Secondary School and then I went to Agha Khan higher secondary school and now I’m going to the US for my education my visa is for 5 years. I intend to study there for 4 years and then for some experience. And then I tend to come back and to work over here. I already have a scholarship but it’s not too much so I plan on increasing that scholarship by improving my grades more and more. (What a student should do to get scholarship/admission at an American University?) Okay, first of all, you need to plan exactly what you want to study. And then you need to decide a state where you want to study where its best according to your major. And then you just research and research and apply according to what you can afford and what you want to do.”

Izan Ahmed who will be studying at the Grinnell College said: “I’m going to Grinnell College in Iowa… and… I’ll be leaving next month. I did my O Levels from Indus Academy and A levels from Nixor College and I applied through there. I’m going to be studying math, chemistry and physics and maybe computer science I’m not sure, I’m going to decide that later. I do have a (70%) scholarship at Grinnell College. I’d just advise that you should start early and not like waiting for the last moment. And for example, if you’re writing the essays for the colleges just start like 5 to 6 months early.  Because that’s what I regret doing and you’re going to like to cramp up in the end. And just prepare for your SAT as well from really early. And yeah you’ll do a great job and extracurricular just be a part of that, be a part of the sports team or debate team it’s going to help you out”.According to details, overall 150 pupils from across the country secured admissions for their higher education in the US. As compared to 2017, this year the number of students has augmented by 14.7 percent. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan-United States governments had formed USEF (P) back in 1950. USEF-P is guided by a bi-national commission composed of an equal number of Pakistanis and Americans, with the chair alternating each year between a Pakistani and an American. Advisers at USEF centers assist students with researching choices and preparing for standardized tests, applying and securing admission, financing education, preparing for and securing the U.S. student visa.

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PS: The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) helps Pakistani students achieve their dreams of U.S. higher education through its scholarship programs and free advising services. The orientation sessions include practical student information for an international program of study in the United States to maximize the takeaways from such potentially life-changing experiences. The sessions are designed to help ensure that Pakistani students fully benefit from their travel and study abroad experience. Topics covered include travel documentation, campus life, academics, U.S. society, and culture. The goal of all USEFP programs is to help Pakistanis learn more about the U.S. and to help Americans learn more about Pakistan and its people.

 

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Naval Chief chairs Bahria University’s board meeting

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi Monday chaired the 39th meeting of the Board of Governors (BoGs) of Bahria University.
A detailed briefing was given to the board on the progress of various ongoing projects, with special reference to growth in academic disciplines, infrastructure enhancement and budget etc, a press release said.
The Naval Chief appreciated the efforts of the university for focusing on students grooming through academic teachings and its core values of integrity, creativity, and excellence.
He also appreciated the academic benchmarks being raised in the university aligned with its strategic vision and mission.
The Board of Governors also welcomed the newly appointed Rector Vice Admiral (R) Muhammad Shafiq HI (M) in his first meeting and extended their best wishes for his vision of achieving excellence in education and research.

 

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Askari Park ride falls killing a 9-year-old girl, injuring 18

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KARACHI: A girl child named Kashaf Samad (d/o Abdul Samad) died when a joy-ride at the Amusement Park (situated at PIB Colony Area) fell today. 18 others crushed underneath the structure had been taken to medical facilities. 

According to details the Askari Amusement Park was inaugurated on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and ever since no maintenance was carried out hence the accident occurred due to a faulty bolt. Mayor Karachi, caretaker chief minister and the Governor of Sindh took notice of the tragic incidence in the Park that has been sealed. 

Commenting on the tragedy former Mayor of Karachi Dr. Farooq Sattar held that such parks should not be run on a commercial basis. Commissioner Karachi also visited the site to inspect the fallen structure. 

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