Academic activities resume at QAU

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ISLAMABAD: Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) resumed academic activities on Wednesday after the varsity had remained closed for two days amid protests and unrest that has persisted for weeks now.

QAU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Javed Ashraf on Tuesday stated that the university administration is in contact with the local district administration in connection with the resumption of academic activities in the university and that it will be reopened on Wednesday.

The QAU remained open the entire last week, following which unrest ensued on Monday and Tuesday this week.

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 stated that the police will continue to perform duties until the situation is brought under control.

The varsity’s management is concerned that unrest and protests have affected students’ academic activities for as many as 21 days during the current semester.

Meanwhile, the protestors have demanded to restore the students who were expelled from the university due to their involvement in a violent clash.

Previously, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti also visited the university to meet the management for early resolution of the student’s demands.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, while taking notice of the university closur directed the Islamabad administration to resume educational activities in the university on a priority basis.

“A handful of students will not be allowed to play with the future of thousands of other students. Discipline shouldn’t be compromised at universities,” the interior minister stated.

 

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