In an unfortunate twist of events, the famed Quaid-i-Azam University (QUA) Islamabad Campus has been shut down indefinitely. The reason behind this move is a violent altercation that broke out between two school groups on Monday.
Reportedly, several students were injured in the fight. To control the situation, authorities had to send out sizable contingents of FC and police.
While the Quaid-i-Azam university administration claims that the injured students were in stable condition, the clips circulating on social media tell another story.
Quaid-i-Azam Student Breakout Clip:
Clash between two students group
in Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. Several students injured in clash . pic.twitter.com/nK21CWk8jd
— Bogar Khattak (@Bogar_Khattak) February 28, 2023
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QUA Registrar Raja Qaiser Ahmed issued a notification in this regard on Monday. Reportedly, all hostel residents, boys and girls, have been directed to vacate the hostels immediately.
The varsity Registrar issued a notification about the clashes which cited “In the backdrop of precarious law and order situation, amid violent clashes between students group, Quaid-i-Azam University is closed till further orders.”
Quaid-i-Azam Registrar Notice:
Amid violent clash between student groups, Quaid-i-Azam University is closed till further orders. pic.twitter.com/v67abkyeQo
— Raja Qaiser Ahmed (@rajaqaiserahmed) February 27, 2023
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“The security agencies have shown their concern over the security of the university so we decided to close it for an indefinite period,” said a senior faculty member of the QAU, wishing not to be named.
He however said the administration office would remain open for processing admissions for spring 2015. It is important to highlight that last month intelligence agencies sent a security alert to the QAU management.
According to the university official, the CDA is not demarcating land which was leading to a delay in the construction of the wall.
“A large portion of the university land is encroached upon by land mafia. We have been requesting the CDA for the last several years to demarcate the land, but the authority is paying no heed to the issue,” said Dr Waheed Chaudhry, chairman, the Department of Anthropology, QAU.
“However, now, after getting a cold response from the CDA we have decided to start construction work on the land which is not disputed,” said senior faculty member Dr Aitzaz Ahmed.
“Three sides of the university have boundary walls, but the front side that faces the Kashmir Highway does not have a wall. We are waiting for the resolution of the issue with the CDA before we commence construction,” said Khawaja Gulzar, the director-general, of IIUI, Administration and Finance.
CDA spokesman, Asim Kichi, told Dawn that the land was given to QAU in the 60s. “We had handed over possession of the land to QAU, therefore it was their duty to build the boundary wall,” he said.
While the matters got quite out o hand, it is important to also highlight how clashes between students have been on the rise lately. Universities and educational management must keep an eye on all students.