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300 QAU students get show cause notices

Islamabad, May 08, 2008: Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) administration on Wednesday issued show cause notices to about 300 students for being involved in a scuffle at the campus on Monday evening.

The scuffle took place over reported misbehaviour of some students with a girl student. "Troublemakers have created unrest in hostels," sources said.

They said some groups were playing on the issue as they wanted to hold sway over the campus after lifting of a ban on student unions.

They said the administration had sensed gravity of the situation and the Disciplinary Committee conducted two meetings to investigate the matter on Tuesday. Vice Chancellor M Qasim Jan remained furious during the meetings and ordered an in-depth investigation.

He said, "Stern action is due against those who created panic, violated discipline and disturbed the students who are preparing for the forthcoming examinations."

The sources said the VC had asked Prof Aitzaz Ahmed, head of the inquiry committee, to complete the inquiry within a week.

They said the committee had issued show cause notices to about 300 students, who had also been asked to appear before it within a week.

The sources said the committee would hear the students and then present its findings to the VC for an appropriate action. They said the committee could recommend expulsion or at least Rs 5,000 for the guilty students each.

Resident Officer Dr Fiaz Ahmed, Dr Shabir Niazi and Student Affairs Head Mehmood Hassan Butt are members of the inquiry committee.

The tension emanated from the university's shuttle point and escalated to hostels involving about 300 students, some of whom have sustained minor injuries.

An intensified fight took place near the university mosque. The sources said, "these students are involved in the unrest."

The VC said that those found guilty would be punished as per recommendations of the inquiry committee. He said, "The committee would look into the matter and recommend an appropriate action against the students."

He said the incident had nothing to do with politics and student unions. He said, "The students are peaceful as the authorities have taken up the matter."

This is not the first time that unrest is created in the university on a petty issue. The students here have been deeply divided on ethnic lines and the situation could go out of control any time. Daily Times
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