Clashes in QAU leave around 16 students injured



ISLAMABAD: Violent clashes once again erupted in Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) between Punjabi and Pashtun student groups, leaving dozens injured in the incident.

Sources told Pakistan Today that the students from both sides freely used sticks and stones during their fight due to which about 16 students sustained injuries. They said that some of the fighting students were even drunk and smashed windows of several vehicles.

Sources further informed that Punajbi students had beaten some Pashtun students on Wednesday, who attacked Punjabi students in order to take revenge.

They said that the university’s security guards were not equipped properly to deal with such situation, hence they were seen as silent spectators. Therefore, the police had been called after an hour to control the situation, they added.

The injured students were shifted to Pakistan Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Polyclinic hospital and were discharged after treatment.

A senior official wishing anonymity told Pakistan Today that the university administration could be blamed for all such unfortunate clashes because it reinstated several expelled students in the past even though they were responsible for disturbing university’s peaceful environment.

Despite being the top-ranked university in the country, QAU often makes it to the news for such violent clashes among the various student groups, but no concrete steps have been taken to stop their occurrence.

In the recent past, around 20 expelled students were reinstated, out of which 10 students were expelled after they were proven guilty by university disciplinary committee, mainly due to weak administration.