SHC allows 150 ‘extra’ students of SM Law College to sit in exams

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) here Thursday allowed the extra 150 students of the SM Law College Karachi to sit in the exam and directed the Karachi University to do the needful.

These students were admitted by the SM Law College but the Karachi University had refused to accept their enrollments and allow them to take their annual examination, according to a press release.

When these students approached the Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Altaf Shakoor, he instructed advocate Khurram Lakhani to file a petition of the affected students of Sindh Muslim Law College Karachi.

During the last hearing on Wednesday the SHC had expressed displeasure over the attitude of Karachi University over its attitude towards the matters related to its affiliated colleges.

Principal SM Law College and the lawyer of Karachi University had presented their stance before the court, comprising acting chief justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Abdul Mubeen Lakho.

The principal referred to a letter from the Pakistan Bar Council stating that he gave admission to 150 students, but the Karachi University is only allowing 100 students to appear in the examination.

The lawyer of Karachi University had sought time from the court for preparation, saying they do not accept the claim of the law college about admission of extra 50 students.

The honorable court expressing displeasure had said that this is the matter of the future of students. The Karachi University has orphaned the colleges. It said uphold of law is necessary. The issues should be restored as per law.

The PDP lawyer Khurram Lakhani told the court that the students have already paid admission; enrollment and examination fees and they are attending classes since 2022. He said the university and the law college should settle their differences but the future of the students should not be affected.

However, today the court allowed these students to sit in the exam and asked the Karachi University to accept their enrollments and do the needful.

The happy students thanked the honorable acting chief justice Sindh High Court Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi for doling justice to them.