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KU officials directed not to address media

By: Syed Jafar Askari

KARACHI — The administration of the Karachi University (KU) has imposed a ban on its officials, faculties and directors of various institutes to have direct contact with media, The Nation has learnt.

The notification, issued by KU Registrar Professor Kaleem Raza Khan, mentioned that an official letter was issued from the Services, General Administration & Coordination Department, Government of Sindh to KU. The letter states that the Federal Cabinet in its meeting held on 1st September, 2010 observed that “the government officials unless so authorised are not allowed to hold press conference and have direct contact with media, and should adhere to the provisions of the conduct and efficiency and discipline rules, 1973 in letter and spirit.”

In the notification, the registrar also mentioned, “I am further directed to state that to implement the above decision, all the officers/officials under your administrative control may be directed to avoid holding press conferences and have direct contact with media, unless so authorised by the competent authority. In case the officials fail to comply with the instructions, disciplinary proceedings under the relevant laws & rules may be initiated against them and report forwarded to this department for onward transmission to the Cabinet Division.”

Commenting on the issue, Vice Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui told The Nation that the letter was issued to KU on 30th September, while this letter was also dispatched to other public institutions in the country. He said that this notification is issued to all faculty members, directors of various institutes and KU officials.
Source: The Nation
Date:1/3/2011