ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has expressed serious concerns over news reports that Karachi University will start sharing student records with intelligence agencies in the wake of recent terrorism-related incidents in which students were found to be involved.
In a letter written to the university, Rabbani said that he is “abhorred” by the news and that the students will be required to produce a character certificate from the local police station for admission in the Karachi University.
“These two institutions [police and agencies] are the hard face of the state, an interaction with them will further consolidate the anxiety and fear in the minds of the students,” the letter reads.
However, the varsity in a press release late Tuesday clarified that “reports that the records of KU students are being checked and that new students would be asked to get clearance certificate from police are completely false. No such decision has been taken yet”.
Earlier, the Karachi University’s management discussed the possibility of sharing students’ data with intelligence agencies during a meeting.
The meeting was held after it was discovered that mastermind behind the attack on Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan was a former student of the said university. He was enrolled in the Applied Physics department of the KU.