KARACHI. The Karachi university van blast, which claimed the lives of three Chinese nationals, has apparently exposed the security lapses in the varsity and the prevailing flow of communication between the security and the administration.
The investigation led by police and other security agencies into the Karachi university van blast is under way. Sources said that Rangers had written four letters to the varsity administration and highlighted the imminent risk to the lives of Chinese nationals. But, they “did not” pay any attention to the concerns.
Sources added that the KU administration had written letters to the Chinese institute. A wing of Rangers working in the university tried to contact the administration and the registrar for a meeting on such concerns on several occasions. But, “no one tried to come in front for the security” and it resulted in the van blast incident.
In one of the letters, Rangers also expressed concerns over the entrance of rickshaws owned by teachers and employees in the university. Sources said some of the rickshaws do not even have number plates.
A letter from the Karachi university to the Confucius Institute on the security of Chinese nationals is also making the rounds on social media. As per the letter, the administration had raised concerns over the movement of Chinese without Rangers and police.
Suicide bomber’s movements
Earlier, police also visited the girls’ hostel, where the suspected suicide bomber way staying, to trace her movement as well as that of her alleged abettor.
The second woman, visible in one of the CCTV footage on social media, can be seen speaking to the suspected suicide bomber for almost nine minutes. However, sources add that the identity of the individual was yet to be ascertained.
Another five female students had sought permission to leave the hostel for which they had also been issued gate passes, sources said. However, the university administration stopped them from leaving. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they were stopped due to any connection with the suspected suicide bomber or if it was part of an overall policy to bar students living in hostels from leaving.
Meanwhile, the Chinese envoy, the Sindh corps commander, and the the home minister are expected visit the university for which security has been further tightened.
Sources added that there has also been discussion to transfer the university’s security to Rangers in view of the prevailing situation.
In the wake of the suicide attack, the KU administration suspended classes and public dealings in the university on Wednesday. The security has further been tightened at the university entrance gates.