The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) has called for a conference on December 8 to debate the code of conduct for student unions hinted by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a press conference at the Islamabad Press Club, IJT Nazim e Aala Muhammad Aamir said that the IJT supported all the demands made during the Student Solidarity March, including the restoration of student unions. He added that on the question of allowing unions, both right and left wing organizations were on the same page.
He welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement for the restoration of student unions and for establishing code of conduct. Muhammad Aamir said that the restoration of student unions was their constitutional right.
Aamir, however, also criticized the PM and said that Imran Khan first gave a negative impression of the country to the world through his statements on corruption and was now giving an impression that student organizations were the reason for violence.
He said that after the ban on student unions on February 9, 1984, the quality of education had fallen and rights of the students were violated. He said that student unions were the nursery of democracy, without which democracy could not be strengthened.
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Nazim e Aala said that IJT agreed with all the groups, either from the left or the right, for their demand of restoration of student unions and there was no disagreement on this. He said that IJT fully support the demand of Student Solidarity March and endorse all their demands, including the restoration of student unions.
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Muhammad said that the IJT demanded the release of political activists arrested from the Student Solidarity March and withdrawal of all the cases registered against them. He announced that IJT would call a meeting of all student group for preparing a code of conduct for student unions in Lahore on December 8. He said that the meeting would deliberate on the code of conduct and for a unanimous course of action.