Over 100 protesting students arrested in police crackdown in QAU as University reopens after 3 weeks
Islamabad Police has arrested more than 100 protesting students of Quaid-e-Azam University on Monday in a bid to reopen the university, which was closed since October 4 due to a student-admin showdown.
Capital Police launched crackdown at Quaid-e-Azam University after students staged a protest seeking withdrawal of expulsion of students and increment in tuition fees by the university administration.
According to the police, in the morning, the students laid down in front of the university buses, following which police sprung into action and arrested them after negotiations failed.
According to university administration, the police have registered cases against the students for threatening the varsity’s staff members and forcing other fellows from attending the classes.
“It has been brought to my notice that some ex-students and outsiders accompanied by the present students started disrupting the normal functioning of the departments and harassed the faculty and staff,” a letter from the QAU Vice Chancellor (VC) Javed Ashraf to the chief commissioner Islamabad police, sent on Monday, read.
Due to the uncontrolled nature of the protests, the law enforcement agencies rangers and police were called in to defuse the situation. Islamabad Police also fired tear-gas shells against the students in order to disperse the protesting students.
Disgusting police violence at QAU, campus & hostels raided, students beaten up like animals & randomly picked up. For organizing a strike. pic.twitter.com/jVHo1mcYUQ
— Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) October 23, 2017
During a news conference on Sunday, Baloch students said they would continue their strike even though all other ethnic student councils —including the Sindhi, Punjabi, Pakhtun, Seraiki, and Baltistani — decided to call off their strikes after negotiations with the authorities.
Since early October, QAU students have been protesting for better accommodation facilities at the university and cancellation of the recent fees hike.
Meanwhile, the administration officially announced that the university would be reopened on Monday, directing all students to reach their departments. The faculty has also been informed to continue their duties from Monday.
It is worth sharing, QAU ranked among the top 500 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education in September but the mis-management from the university administrators has led the varsity into a battle-like situation.