Pashtun students’ protest outside PU VC office continues for fifth day

PU StudentsLAHORE: The Pashtun, Baloch and Seraiki students’ sit-in outside the Punjab University’s VC Office continued for the fifth day on Sunday.

The students are protesting against the university administration’s action over a clash between the councils and the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) on the campus that happened in January. Twelve students were injured when IJT members and Pashtun students clashed over holding a welcome party. The police had arrested more than 200 students from the IJT and Pashtun, Baloch and Seraiki councils and booked them under anti-terrorism charges. The students were released within a week after the political parties and civil society protested against the Punjab government for including terrorism charges in the case. The police, on the direction of the government, withdrew the terrorism sections from the cases and also got the arrested students released from jail.

The PU later expelled 13 students belonging to the IJT and four others from Pashtun and Baloch organisations in the first phase of disciplinary action over a brawl. The administration also had rusticated 10 students and imposed Rs10,000 fine on 15 other students each.

The Pashtun, Baloch and Seraiki councils’ workers reached VC Prof Dr Zakriya Zakir around five days ago and started a sit-in outside his office to demand withdrawal of disciplinary action against them. The university administration held negotiation with the protesting students but all in vain. -DN

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