KARACHI - Police booked over 23 Civil Society activists who were trying to reach the Chief Minister House to hold protest against target killing here on Thursday.
Activists of various organisations representing the civil society have announced to hold protest rally from Karachi Press Club to the CM House.
Scores of activists including women were rushed towards the CM House from Press Club when heavy contingent of police rushed to the spot and tried to disperse the mob. When the charged mob insisted to reach the CM House for protest, police arrested over two dozen activists including two women. The detainees were locked up in different police stations of the city including Frere police station, Preedy police station and women were shifted to women police station at Shahrah-e-Faisal.
SP Ejaz Mallah said police tried to stop violation of the laws as the protesters were trying to enter the Red Zone. He said police arrested them when they forcibly entered the restricted area. Syeda Shumaila, organiser of the protest rally, said during the last protest rally Sharmila Farooqi assured action against the outlawed extremist organisations but here such militant organisations have held rallies and staged gathering. She said protest would continue till the release of workers detained by the police.   
AIOU allocates Rs55m for deserving students
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), committed to the cause of promoting quality education and distance learning, has allocated Rs55 million for poor and deserving students keen to continue their study.
AIOU Regional Director for Karachi campus, Tariq Hussain at a press conference here on Wednesday said the university also offers appropriate fee concession to deserving students on basis of their academic performance and financial position.
Accompanied by the university’s PRO Ubaidullah Mumtaz, the Regional Director said an amount of Rs110m was spent under the head of fees concession to students registered with AIOU.
The AIOU officials also invited admissions to its Matric to PhD level programmes for Spring semester 2015 from intending candidates of the country. Spring semester for current year has marked its simultaneous beginning with admission forms and prospectus easily available at the centres scattered across the country, he said.

With specific reference to Sindh, the official said forms and prospectus can be obtained from the AIOU’s offices in Larkana city, Dadu, Hyderabad, Mithi, Sukkur, Thatta, Umerkot and other areas besides Karachi.
The forms and prospectus were said to be available at all campuses and coordinating offices across the country while intending candidates can submit their admission forms along with required fees at the branches of Habib Bank Limited, First Women Bank Limited, Bank Alfalah, Allied Bank besides designated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Muslim Commercial Bank.
It was made clear that fee in the shape of bank draft or pay order will not be accepted.
The AIOU officials said continuing admission forms had already been dispatched to the students, however, students who may not have received the same can download it from the university’s website www.aiou.edu.pk.