Pakistan

LAHORE – On Wednesday Punjab Police registered a case against ‘unidentified students’ of Punjab University for violence on campus, a day after a brawl erupted between two student groups.

On Tuesday, at least 10 students were injured when activists of the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) clashed with students organising a Pakhtun cultural event at the Punjab University.

The severity of the clash could be gauged from the fact that tear gas shells were fired by police to disperse the violent students.

A First Information Report (FIR) has now been registered against the students without any mention at Muslim Town police station in Lahore.

According to FIR, Police received a tip-off regarding severe clashes breaking out between rival student groups.

‘As the police officials attempted to intervene, the students also attacked the police with batons,’ the FIR said.

The report further said that those involved in the clashes will be identified through CCTV footage.

A case has been registered under Sections 427 (mischief causing damage), 147/148 (riot with armed weapons) and 353/186 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

On the other hand, Jibran Butt, representative of Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) in an exclusive interview with Daily Pakistan expressed that his group had organised cultural events in university.

He said that the issue broke out due to anti-state slogans and the other group intentionally organised its cultural day on March 21 as Jamiaat was set to organise its own painting exhibition to pay tribute to martyerd Pakistanis.

He went on and expressed that on Wednesday, Jamiaat was going to organise an Azm e Pakistan rally.

Jibran Butt claimed that the incident had no link with Jamiaat and before supporters of the student group came there, university students indulged in a clash with Pashtun students owing to anti-state slogans being raised.

‘Samia Raheel Qazi, daughter of deceased Qazi Hussain Ahmed was interrupted as she took the floor for a speech’ claimed Jibran Butt.

He maintained that some of the students also set Pakistani flag on fire in a bid to promote the agenda of Bacha Khan who was known for his anti-Pakistan sentiments.