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Students demand ban on politics in educational institutions

KARACHI, Sept 19: Following the recent upsurge in the students clashes in the educational institutions, government should ban political activities in the colleges and in universities.

Students of various educational institutes of the metropolitan said during a survey conducted on Tuesday.

Following the incident of recent clashes between students' organisations in JPMC, Karachi University and other universities, The Nation has conducted a survey on the issue of the students' politics in which a number of students belonging to various educational institutions expressed their views on this hot issue. It must be noted that nine people shot dead in the recent shot-out outside of Karachi University.

A former activist of a student organisation Mohammad Nasir 31 said that clashes have been entered into the students' politics as well as national politics. He alleged that the political activities over-shadow the educational activities in the colleges and in universities of the city.

Umar Jan 30, of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology said that the students' politics was being done under the umbrella of the national political parties that should not be done like that if we want to save the future of our nation.

Umar, who was recently elected as president of Student Action Committee of Mass Communication depart of the university, has said that it is an alarming situation for the nation and country that a boy in the age of his study and learning is taking weapon and killing his colleagues for the motive of dirty politics.

Mohammad Kamran 26, studying in English department of Karachi University said that his parents were always worried because of such incidents between students groups that were being increased day-by-day in this university due to student's politics.

He said that his sister was also studying in this university but after such incidents taking place in the university his parents decided not to send her in the university more.

It must be mentioned here that officially the ban has been imposed in the students' organisations in the educational institutions around more then ten years ago but so far the law enforcement agencies failed to implement the law in the institutions.

When tried to contact the professors and lecturers of different universities to comment on this issue they avoid replying and said that they were not ready to scarify their employment because all the students' organisations were being operated as co-organisations of national, religious political parties, the senior employees of the educational institutions have alleged in the condition of anonymity.

Mohammad Ishaq 35, ex-leader of student's organisation has alleged that the students groups have usually get the directions from their mother-parties to sabotage the peaceful activities in the institutions as he followed in his student politics time.

He further allegedly said that the political parties are misusing the students' organisations for their aims and also provided them all kinds of assistance as they required to letdown their opponents. Adding that if the government would have implemented ban on these students parties so the educational activities would be resumed like past.

Mehwish Aslam 19 student of BA final year in Girls Government College said that around 15 days ago when her class was in process, a group of boys belong to a student organization entered their college and started beating the gatekeeper who tried to stop them to enter in the girls college but the boys entered in the college and chanted a slogan of their organisation. After abusing the staff they took out the van of the college, which used for pick and drop of the students and returned it in the next day. She said that it happened several times but no action was taken against those students' political activities.

Mohammad Jamil 33 said that the politics in the educational institutions caused of sabotage of the academic activities. Jamil who also had been prisoner in Karachi Central Jail for few months due to his involvement in the clash between students groups took place some four years ago in the university.

Jamil said that he missed his golden age as he involved in the students' politics. He said that along him the students associated with different students organisations were being misused for the dirty politics. The Nation
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