KARACHI - A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been formed to investigate the murder case of late professor of Karachi University (KU), Dr Waheedur Rehman, who was shot dead on April 29.

Senior journalist Dr Waheed, also known by his pen-name Yasir Rizvi, was an assistant professor at the varsity’s Mass Communication Department and was assassinated by four unidentified gunmen near his residence at Federal B area’s Block-16.

Because of high-level protests and demands of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) and Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) and other KU professors, JIT is formed. It is given a task to complete its investigation in seven days and submit report within two days.

It is pertinent to mention here that a high-level meeting was held regarding the aforementioned case on May 18 at Sindh Chief Minister House. The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo, University of Karachi Vice Chancellor Prof Dr M Qaiser, FAPUASA president Dr Naimatullah Leghari and Karachi University Teachers’ Society president Prof Dr Jamil Hasan Kazmi. It was assured by the CM to detect the case on immediate basis.

Meanwhile, Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has ordered probe into complaints relating to frequent disruptions of power, gas and water supply to the health facilities in the city. He directed the provincial health secretary to probe the issue on immediate basis and submit a detailed report within two days.

The minister talking to a delegation of employees belonging to different public sector facilities said concerned civic agencies have repeatedly assured the government to provide uninterrupted power, gas and water supply to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. “Discontinuation of these facilities, if true, are unacceptable,” he told the delegation. He said the provincial government itself is committed to clear the outstanding dues, if any, so as to see that patients do not suffer.

The minister took notice of the absence of medical and paramedical staff from their place of work without any intimation and yet drawing salaries said this situation will not be allowed to continue and stringent action would be taken against these culprits, said the health minister.

He also took strong exception to the complaints made by the delegation that many of these government employees, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, are witnessed serving at private facilities with absolute impunity.

The health minister said the concerned professional bodies of these doctors, nurses and paramedics who frequently resort to protest against any government step they feel violates the interest of their members must also exercise their influence on their members failing to realise their professional and moral obligations towards the resource-less patients visiting public sector facilities.