They have been demanding more scholarships
Nursing students clashed with the police after the protesters tried to enter Quetta’s Red Zone on Tuesday.
The students, who have boycotted their duties at Quetta’s Civil Hospital, had staged a rally to make their demands heard. The rally moved from Civil Hospital to Abdul Sattar Edhi Chowk, after which some protesting student tried moving towards Red Zone but were stopped by the police.
Some students claimed that the policemen hit them with their batons and pushed them.
The situation was brought under control after Assistant Commissioner Saania Saafi ensured the students that their demands will be met.
The nursing students staged a protest asking for more scholarships and claimed that they haven’t gotten any stipend either.
They said that they haven’t been given any scholarship since the past four months, adding that scholarships are not given on time and when they receive them, the amount is less than promised. They also want an increase in the amount of the grant.
A student said that initially were handed over the money, now they have been told that the amount will be transferred into their bank accounts. Many of them said that they don’t have bank accounts and it will take them time to open accounts. The administration is just trying to delay the process, a student added.
Mansoor Ahmed, the in-charge of the nursing school, remarked that many students have said that they won’t resume their duties till the policemen who misbehaved with them are suspended.