QAU remains closed amid protests by students

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ISLAMABAD: The Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) remained closed on Tuesday amid protests and unrest that has persisted for weeks now.

Strict security measures were in place around the campus with police deployed at all entry points of the university.

The protesting students said they will carry on with demonstrations until the expelled students are restored. The university administration has not confirmed when academic activities in the university will be resumed.

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 demanded the removal of Vice-Chancellor Dr Javed Ashraf, accusing him of administrative irregularities and embezzlement.

On October 24, educational activities were fully restored at QAU under police surveillance. The arrested students were accused of interference in government affairs, vandalism and forcibly disrupting classes.

INTERIOR MINISTER DIRECTS ICT ADMINISTRATION TO HELP OPEN VARSITY:

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday directed Islamabad Capital Territory  (ICT) Administration to ensure peace and help restore educational activities at the earliest in Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU).

In a statement issued here, he said only a handful of people cannot ruin future of thousands of students, saying discipline in the universities should not be compromised.

Ahsan Iqbal said that Quaid-i-Azam University is an important educational and research institution which should not be made controversial.

He also contacted with the President House on this matter.