QAU students called-off protest University restored expelled students

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Students of Quaid-e-Azam University called off the strike after university restored their expelled colleagues.

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The groups of protesting students of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) have called off their strike on after the university announced the restoration of their expelled colleagues.

The students held a successful meeting with the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university and Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman.

Pakistan’s Senate member Mir Kabeer Ahmed Sahi and Farah Azeem Shah who is the author and a social activist have played an important role in bringing protesting student and administrators to the table and defuse the dispute.

Meanwhile, the university administration has issued a notification stating that the expulsion of the students has been replaced with an additional fine of Rs40,000. The punishment for rustication for two semesters was also replaced with Rs25,000 fine.

University also will be serving a warning letter to the students for their involvement in the May clash and will have to submit apology letters and assurances from parents or guardians against their involvement in “recurrence of similar acts”.

The Protesting students ended their hunger strike after being informed of the decisions taken in the meeting, also attended by the varsity syndicate.

The crisis at the QAU had begun when Students Federation’s Baloch Council forced the university to be closed down for over two weeks last month. They demanded the restoration of students expelled after a clash on campus in May, as well as a recall of fee hike among other demands.

A total of 75 students were then arrested to ensure the resumption of academic activities at the university. However, the remaining students continued to protest. The students then resorted to a hunger strike.

Afterwards, the Balochistan chief minister and Balochistan home minister visited the university and held several meetings with the VC and other high-ups to find out an amicable solution to the problems, so that the issue could not be used by some disgruntled Baloch politicians for their vested political agenda.

The students then resorted to a hunger strike which eventually led to their demands being met today.

Sayyar Gul
Sayyar Gul is doing his MS Computational Sciences & Engineering from National University of Science and Technology. He is technology enthusiast with keen interest in new technological developments from around the world.

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