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Jamiat defies Punjab University ban, holds rally

LAHORE: Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talba held an apparent show of strength and took out a rally in premises of Punjab University on Friday.

During today’s rally IJT visited various departments of the campus, which was the apparent violation of orders that were issued by PU administration.

The administration issued the new policy to de-politicize student organization in order to keep a peaceful environment at university. The administration said that no political, sectarian or ethnic student group would be allowed to carry out any activity in the campus.

The orders were issued after the recent clash between two student groups which injured over 18 including two police personnel.

The clash, which was, initiated by raising slogans against each other over the organization of cultural show, later turned into a brawl when students attacked each other with batons. Student groups also pelted stones which injured at least eighteen students beside two policemen.

Police was called there to control the situation; however, students still remained engaged in stone pelting. Police observed aerial firing and tear gas shelling to disperse students later search operation was also conducted in hostels of the university. Several were abducted by police during the operation.

A case had also been launched against the detained students and several unknown persons at Muslim Town police station, Lahore.

The campus remained close for four days after the scuffle. Later, when it was reopened the student group again tried to create scuffle in the Sociology Department of the campus by forcibly forbidding the students to take the examination.

The police was called on the spot to control the situation to maintain the peace and avoid any destruction and major fight.

Student unions are enemies of each other since long time. Each union wants to take hold of the whole institute. In this race of achieving power, student unions clash with each other, which sometimes results in bloody scuffles. The right wing union, Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT), is the most notorious among all. There is hardly any student clash observed in which it was not involved.