ISLAMABAD – The campus of the Quaid-i-Azam University turned into a battleground for the second time in a month on Saturday as two student groups clashed in the varsity and openly traded fire, leaving at least 30 injured.

The students pelted rocks on each other, while there have also been reports of an exchange of fire between the two sides.

A heavy contingent of police reached the campus after being informed of the unrest. Police fired tear-gas shells to disperse the enraged students.

A police spokesperson said that the university had been shut down for a week and that hostels had been vacated. He said cases had also been lodged against students affiliated with both groups.

“It is notified for the information of all boarder students (those staying at hostels) that keeping in view the existing law and order situation in the university all the boy’s hostels of the university are being closed with immediate effect till further order. Resident students are, therefore, directed to vacate the hostel immediately,” a notification issued by the QAU Provost office on Saturday read.

It is pertinent to note that the two groups had also clashed at the campus on April 22, after which police had to be deployed on the campus.