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February 4, 2016

KU students receive defence training


February 4, 2016


In wake of the two deadly terrorist attacks on educational institutions in Pakistan, the provincial police’s Special Security Unit (SSU) on Wednesday organised a seminar and hands-on civil defence training at the University of Karachi (KU) in order to prepare students as well as the university’s staff in case of a potential attack at the varsity.

The audience were taught the usage of long-range weapons including rocket launchers, G3 rifles, AK-47, sniper, hand grenades, smoke bombs as well as short-range weapons which included pistols.

The students were taught how to fill-in an empty magazine, load a weapon and steadying their aim while shooting a target.

They were further educated about metals which could hold a bullet in as well as those through which it could pass; the audience was also apprised of the ideal places to hide during a militant attack.

In a bid to explain the impact of terrorism and the mode of terrorists operation, SSU personnel conducted a mock activity by disguising themselves as terrorists and entering the auditorium with weapons.

However, soon after another group of the force, dressed in SSU uniforms entered the auditorium by making use of smoke bombs to keep the enemy forces from locating them.

The audience were shown various other rescue drills and taught the basics of providing first-aid to an injured person.

SSU personnel advised students to not panic in case they ever found themselves to be in such a situation.

KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser expressed that students and public needed to be provided basic training in order to combat terrorism.

In order to defeat terrorists and to restore peace we needed to train people so that they could survive in case of an attack, he added.

“The whole nation, including our national institutions, is united against the war on terrorism and eliminating it has become a question of our social and economic survival. The future of our next generation depends on winning this war against terrorism!”

He urged students and other participants to remain alert and keep an eye out for terrorist elements. “The terrorists believe that their brutal activities would result in closure of our educational institutions, but it is to make it clear to them that our resolve against them has strengthened even more,” Prof Qaiser added.

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