Punjab University becomes the centre of attention every now and then. And the reason almost always is the same. Punjab University is becoming a home to the radical ideology and housing extremists.
Despite the fact that Punjab University is one of the best universities that we have in Asia, it is plagued by extremism
Two incidents of violence emerged on the same day, proving how bad the situation is.
A group of masked students, belonging to Islami Tamiat-e-Talaba, entered the university in search of Pakhtun students
They finally found a student in the Sociology Department, cornered him, and beat him up with sticks. He was beaten to the point that he was left unconscious and they safely left the premise of the university. No one intervened and tried to help the student.
is this the Future of Pakistan?
When will our Educational Institutions get rid of these Organisation Based of ethnicity. We all are belongs to Pakistan. No Baloch, No Sindhi, No Punjabi. #PunjabUniversity pic.twitter.com/gdW8oV1adj
— Zeeshan Haider (@iZeeshan_Haider) January 22, 2018
The Jamiat usually targets the students based on ethnicities, which has created a divide between the student population
As soon as this news broke out, Pakhtun and Baloch students joined forces to wreak havoc at an event organized by the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba students.
@DunyaNews exposed Ethnic Goons' planing of attack on Pioneer Festival, which is organized by IJT. Shameless Nationalists destroyed peace of campus.
Secret chat published.
#PunjabUniversity #IJT pic.twitter.com/nZz1p9xORx
— Ihtisham Khaliq (@iK_Waseer) January 22, 2018
They carried out the plans and ensured equal damage
an Ethnic Group Attacked IJT Pioneers festival ,Several IJT activist Injured in Incident ,We demand strict against them , we students from all provinces Stand Strong and United as Pakistani against this group of cowards #PunjabUniversity pic.twitter.com/Hfyx2n1XGk
— Ali Abid (@AliAbid20916977) January 22, 2018
The update now is that several have been arrested and have cases registered against them. While some have been suspended from the university
— Laraib Raza (@LaraibRaza5) January 23, 2018
Pakistanis are outraged at the occurrence of such incidents at a university and urging authorities to take action
Punjab government should provide protection to Sindhi, Balochi and Pakhtun students in Punjab University. #PunjabUniversity
— Ahmad Ali Khan (@AhmadAl86462848) January 23, 2018
Apart from corruption PMLN has been failed in everything. If incident like #PunjabUniversity take place somewhere else then it might be acceptable, but it happened in Lahore(Paris). If you can't protect your students and then you can't protect country's future.
— Zeeshan Asif (@ZeeSaying) January 23, 2018
Students politics in university is not bringing any fruitful roadmap for anyone #PunjabUniversity
— Ali Shaheen (@RANAALISHAHEEN) January 23, 2018
— Riaz sohail (@RiazSangi) January 22, 2018
Keep calm boys,the world is full of hatter try to spread love, humanity, you people are the 3% of total population to reach University level education, if you have the behavior like that then what we an expect from the rest. #PunjabUniversity
— Nimra Malik (@nimisha_nimra) January 23, 2018
Jamiat needs to be dealt with on campuses across the country. They are the perfect illustration of how and why our educational institutions, which are meant to be safe spaces, are becoming increasingly violent and intolerant. Barbaric behaviour.#PunjabUniversity
— ایمان زینب (@ImaanZHazir) January 22, 2018
When will Punjab University get rid of these so called educated goons. Shameful.#PunjabUniversity
— Madiha Shahid (@beingmadiha) January 22, 2018
This is a huge question mark on the safety provided on campuses
If one of the leading universities in Pakistan is home to an extremist environment, then it raises a question as to what we are teaching on our campuses. This is not the first time such an incident has been reported from Punjab University. It is not only shameful but also paints a very bleak picture of Pakistan’s future.
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