LAHORE – Following tension persisting after clashes between two student groups, the University of Punjab on Wednesday announced an additional holiday on March 24 along with March 23, an official holiday.

The university “will remain closed on Friday 24th March 2017,” read the notification.

On Tuesday, at least 18 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.