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Classes resume at QAU amid students’ protest

QAU

ISLAMABAD: Academic activities resumed at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Wednesday after two days of suspension amid protests by students, pressing for restoration of suspended and expelled students.

Dr Javed Ashraf, the vice chancellor of the university, said classes at the varsity have resumed today. However, he added, buses couldn’t leave to bring students as some protesting students deflated their tyres. He hoped the shuttle service will resume its operation within an hour.

Meanwhile, protesting students have announced to go on hunger strike until the administration accepts their demands.

After the university management had accepted all their demands, except taking back its decision on the issue of suspension and rustication of some students, almost all student councils had announced to end strike, except one which obstinately pressed it to restore suspended and expelled students.

A few days after education activities resumed on the campus, more students joined those already protesting, resulting in suspension of classes once again.

Last week, the police had arrested some 70 students for trying to disrupt education activities, but later released them all.

Student councils formed on the basis of ethnicity had been on strike since Oct 4 against the university administration over increase in fees and suspension and expulsion of some students for their involvement in violent clashes between two student councils.

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