Punjab University turns into battleground as student groups clash

March 21, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

LAHORE: Dozens of students were injured Tuesday when two rival student organizations clashed in Punjab University at Lahore.

According to our correspondent, an event organized by a nationalist student organization was underway when members of a religious student group came to sabotage the event.

The clash, that involved pelting of stones, turned the varsity into battlefield, prompting the administration to call police.

Police contingents called in to control the situation resorted to heavy tear-gas shelling and baton-charge that left several students injured; however, the number of those injured was not clear.

Samaa reported that the clash occurred between Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) and Pashtun Student Federation (PSF), who organized the cultural event.

Eyewitnesses said that police action further intensified the chaos.

Meanwhile, speaking to Samaa, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Fareed Paracha said that ethnic elements of Pashtun and Baloch organizations were involved in the clash. He denied IJT’s involvement.

Paracha, however, vowed that action would be taken even if IJT is found involved in the incident.

Rana Sanaullah, the Punjab Law Minister, confirmed the clash and its causes. He said most of the attackers were outsiders, adding that police were conducting raids to arrest them. - Samaa
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Story first published: 21st March 2017


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