QAU students stage protest, boycott academic activities yet again


ISLAMABAD: The students of Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Monday once again staged a protest and boycotted academic activities.

The students locked the admin department and chanted slogans against the administration. They also punctured bus tyres causing a suspension of the shuttle service.

Security personnel were deployed inside the university premises and at the main gate. The management has stated that the police will continue to perform duties until the situation is brought under control.

On October 24, educational activities were fully restored at QAU under police surveillance. Superintendent in Police (SP) Zubair Sheikh had said that people, who were detained for spreading chaos in the university, were released afterwards. On the other hand, the Secretariat police station had also lodged three separate cases against students in connection with interference in government affairs, vandalism and forcibly disrupting classes, Sheikh informed further.

On October 4, QAU students took to protest demanding release of all the students who were expelled due to their involvement in a fight and strikes a few months ago.  The students also demanded that the fee structure should be revised, new hostels constructed, buses provided, heavy fines to be reimbursed and also called for an improvement in student facilities.

They also insisted to remove Vice-Chancellor Dr Javed Ashraf, accusing him of administrative irregularities and embezzlement.