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Punjab University party spoilers booked

LAHORE, April 17(Daily Times): The Punjab University (PU) administration has lodged an FIR against the people who disrupted the festival organised by the PU Pharmacy College on Saturday evening.

A PU official said on Monday that 60 to 70 students including Muhammad Ayub, Nissar, Imran Kiyani, Hafiz Tauseef and Zahid Nazeer had been nominated in the FIR. He said that a case had been registered against them under the Anti Terrorism Act.

According to the FIR, Pharmacy College principal Dr Jamshaid on Saturday received a call on his cell-phone. The unidentified caller threatened him and told him that not to hold the function. "More than 70 people stormed the venue for the festival. They beat up some students, a teacher and a guard besides damaging windowpanes, crockery and a multimedia projector," the FIR adds.

The PU teachers and students, who attended the function, said that about 60 to 70 IJT activists led by PU IJT nazim Muhammad Ayub disrupted the function. In a press statement, IJT said that the function was sabotaged because 'un-Islamic activities'. PU registrar Dr Naeem Khan said that the inquiry committee had submitted its report to the vice-chancellor. However, he did not disclose its details.

The Punjab University (PU) inquiry committee formed to investigate the beating-up of some students of the PU English Department by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists has submitted its report to the vice-chancellor. A PU official told said on Monday that in the light of the report, stern action would be taken against the people who beat up the students.

The IJT, in a press statement, had admitted that some students of the English Department were beaten up by some IJT activists for their involvement in 'immoral activities'.

Talking to reporters on Monday, PU Academic Staff Association president Dr Mumtaz Salik said that the PU administration should not organise music concerts because such event had nothing to do with educational activities. He also criticised hooliganism at the festival organised by the Pharmacy College.

Separately, according to a press statement issued by the IJT, a large number of PU students staged a protest demonstration outside the vice-chancellor's office for allegedly promoting vulgarity in the varsity by organising musical concerts.
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