Jamiat does it again!
Lahore, Feb 02, 2008: The Punjab University's (PU's) Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists on
Friday allegedly thrashed the members of the Student Action Committee (SAC) and
stopped them from distributing pamphlets for the independence of the judiciary
and the media.
The SAC members said dozens of IJT workers tore the
pamphlets that contained the message for the freedom of the media and the
judiciary. "They threatened us of dire consequences if we try to do such
activities in the PU," they added.
SAC convener Sundas Hurain said the
IJT activists had beaten up SAC members, and the committee would protest against
PU IJT media secretary Rehan Tarq, denying the allegation,
said none of their workers had attacked any SAC member.
Rafiullah Awan, a
student of PU Physics Department, said that the IJT workers, wearing
Jamiat's badges, attacked him and two of his friends, Yasir Abdul Haleem and M
Azhar Imran, when they were distributing the pamphlets at the PU Central Mosque
after Friday prayers. He said Wajid, a former IJT nazim at the PU Islamic
Studies Department, was identifiable. He said the pamphlets were only to urge
the students to participate in a rally for the freedom of the judiciary and the
media, scheduled for February 2 (today) at Nasir Bagh.
A PU teacher said that with the appointment of the new vice chancellor (VC), Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran, the IJT halted their activities. "Dr Kamran is much concerned
about the existence of the IJT in the university," he added. He said the IJT
workers were in search for a time to resume their activities.
teachers, who are sympathetic towards the IJT, have started raising voices
against the VC following the removal of a PU teacher, Mian Aftab Ahmed, the
former PU Applied Psychology Department head," he said.
spokesman Dr Mujahid Mansoori said he got the news in this connection, and
appropriate action would be take after an investigation. "The PU administration
will not allow any student to take the law in his hands," he added.
Mansoori said the administration would not allow any student to become part of
any political organisation. "The administration is framing a policy for the
students, and an official announcement will be made soon in this connection," he
A PU student said the IJT was notorious for imposing its specific
agenda on the PU students. He said the students had also initiated a movement
against the IJT following the manhandling of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
chief Imran Khan in the campus a few months ago. He said due to the Jamiat's
strong hold in the university, they had also misbehaved with some of the
teachers in the past, but no action was taken against them. He said the IJT
workers also told students not to take part in anti-IJT movements. Daily Times