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.
said, "Stern action is due against those who created panic, violated discipline
and disturbed the students who are preparing for the forthcoming
The sources said the VC had asked Prof Aitzaz Ahmed, head
of the inquiry committee, to complete the inquiry within a week.
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
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
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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