LAHORE: Students of Islamia University Bahawalpur belonging to erstwhile FATA called off their 16-day sit-in outside Governor’s House Lahore after successful negotiation with Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi.
Governor has accepted the demands of FATA students and the hunger strike has ended. PSC congratulates these students as they have won a great fight for education.
Long Live The Struggle ? pic.twitter.com/878b8HwI7P
— Progressive Students’ Collective (@PSCollective_) April 4, 2021
Chaudhry Sarwar announced and ensured scholarships for 1000 students annually including 200 girls from erstwhile FATA, and also announced to set up Punjab University sub-campus in FATA and Government College University, Lahore sub-campus in Gilgit.
A dozens of students of Islamia University Bahawalpur of erstwhile FATA held talks with Governor Punjab at Governor’s House Lahore on Sunday flanked by Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi, MPA Naseer Ahmed.
The negotiation lasted for six hours after which Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar accepted all the demands of students.
After successful negotiations, Governor Punjab Chaudhry , Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi along with students held a press conference and said according to the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Federal Cabinet, 1,000 students from FATA will be given 100 percent scholarships in different universities of Punjab every year till 2027.
Punjab Governor said, “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will give land in erstwhile FATA and Punjab government will set up a trust to make Punjab University sub-campus in the area subject to Punjab University’s syndicate committee formally approval.”
Today we successfully resolved FATA students sit-in & their just demand aftr negotiations @ GovHouse LHR. As per PM’s commitment 1000 FATAstudents will annually get scholarships @ Punjab unis. Grateful to @UsmanAKBuzdar @IMMahmoodKhan @SenMMAfridi MPANaseer& ofcourse FATAstudents pic.twitter.com/GvptkltbqJ
— Mohammad Sarwar (@ChMSarwar) April 4, 2021