Two student groups, including Pakthun Baloch Students Union (PBSU) and Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), from Punjab University (PU) came face to face when the members of the former organization protested against their rival’s annual event called ‘Pioneer Festival’ early morning on Monday.
The protest grew violent as the PBSU members sabotaged IJT’s festival as reported by a local newspaper. The members of IJT later held a sit-in outside Vice-Chancellor Dr Zakaria Zakar’s office, however, it didn’t end well as the students from Jamiat burned a classroom and the Electrical Engineering Department. Not just this, the infuriated students also vandalized vehicles near the affected department.
The Twitterati have sprung into action, debating over the role of two groups, PU administration and Punjab Police who have a large number of men posted on the campus following the clashes.
Electrical department and several university vehicles in punjab university set into fire by Ethnic group at mid night during the preparation of 4th annual pioneers festival. Once again campus peaceful environment destroyed after resignation of Vice chancellor zafer moin nasar. pic.twitter.com/rGjYaSZLvn
— Mohammad umer (@candyCheM) January 22, 2018
The situation is pretty bad in PU.
— Khalid (Halit Ertuğrul) (@khalid_pk) January 22, 2018
Who is at fault here?
— Ihtisham Khaliq Waseer (@iK_Waseer) January 22, 2018
Let’s hope the situation clears out soon without any bloodshed.
Just left Punjab university. Seems like another showdown today between Punjab University admin and Jamiat. Saw some boys with weapons under their shawls. Don’t be surprised if you see some blood later today. Pakistan’s biggest university still suffering. Shameful pic.twitter.com/fMlO26n3GD
— Hassaan Niazi (@HniaziISF) January 22, 2018
Punjab government’s policies?
If you compare the two provinces apparently people often assume Peshawar University might be having powerful Jamiat wing but that is not the case so why Punjab University witnesses their control every now and then? Something is basically wrong with Punjab govt's policies.
— Farzana Shah (@Jana_Shah) January 22, 2018
Racial prejudices need to be stopped if this is how it happened.
Again Baloch Students are attacked in Punjab University Lahore along with Pushtoon Students. Baloch Students Action Committee stands with Baloch and Pushtoon students.
More than 100 student are injured. The doors of education are being closed for Baloch students everywhere. pic.twitter.com/S6esK031HW
— Mehrab Baloch (@jaan_mehrab) January 22, 2018
This may well be a valid reason.
@srqazi @liaqatbalochji It is high time that JI disown IJT of Punjab University. Goons like them are the reason why nobody is interested in giving your party any vote. They are exactly what APMSO was in Karachi University. Thanks.
— Sohaib Nehal (@Sohaib_Nehal) January 22, 2018
Punjab government needs to bring things under control.
Good governance in Punjab:
Jamiat @ Punjab University #PunjabUniversity
— Syedih (@SyedIHusain) January 22, 2018
How can educated students beat fellow students like animals?
— Ebad Ehsan (@ehsan_ebad) January 22, 2018
Such organizations need to be banned, once and for all.
It is high time to get rid of them.
When will Punjab University get rid of these so called educated goons. Shameful.#PunjabUniversity
— Madiha Shahid (@beingmadiha) January 22, 2018