QAU to remain close amid clashes between students’ groups


Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad is to remain closed until further notice amid violent clashes between Pashtun and Baloch students groups.

According to Islamabad Police officials, 6 students were injured as a result of these recent clashes, and though ICT Police have vowed to restore the environment of peace in the University, there have not been any arrests reported and University remains closed.

The police official said that students belonging to both groups attacked each other resulting in a massive violent clash.

On the other hand, the notification issued by the registrar’s office of Quaid-e-Azam University states that the University to remain closed until further notice as a result of the “law and order” situation amid violent clashes between two student groups.
It is noteworthy to mention here that the notification doesn’t specifically name the “student groups” involved in the clash that led to the closure of the university but according to University Students, the clash happened between Pashtun and Baluch ethnic Councils.

The news came as a shock for many as QAU is considered to be one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Pakistan. But for those, who have been following the trajectory of violence by the ethnic councils, this was hardly news.

After the clashes, both Baluch and Pashtun student groups took to Twitter and started portraying the other group as the perpetrator. But for the common students of QAU, all these ethnic councils are equally responsible for this culture of violence that has sadly become a norm in QAU.

Speaking to Academia, Haris Abdullah, a student of BS-Economics, blamed these councils for spreading anarchy and the politics of hate on campus. “The same councils were involved in the abduction and torture of students last year and this is not the first time we are witnessing them playing havoc and sadly it won’t be the last time either, as the core agenda of these councils is just to spread hate and divide people on basis of their ethnicity.”

On the other hand, the representatives of the Pashtun Council, while addressing a gathering have dissociated themselves from the recent incidents of violence and have put the total blame on Baluch Council for these incidents. The official pages of the Baluch Council are yet to respond.

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