Quaid-i-Azam University students punished for campus brawl
Islamabad, Oct 19: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has expelled 10 students for a year, and awarded lesser punishments to 23 others, for their role in the ugly ethnic clashes that rocked the campus over the weekend.
University sources said on Sunday that an emergency disciplinary committee constituted by the vice-chancellor decided the punishments after inquiring into the brawls between students belonging to Punjab Council and Mehran Council in which guns were also used.
All those punished have the right to appeal to the QAU Syndicate against the action taken against them.
Dr Aslam Baig, dean of the Natural Sciences department and resident officer of the university said that the committee found the 33 students guilty of rowdyism, smuggling in weapons, attacking rivals or helping the two councils which represent, like other bodies, students of different regions of the country studying in the university.
Dr Baig said: "The committee saw to it that the guilty was punished, but not in a way that destroyed his future."
About the 10 students expelled from the university - five each from Punjab and Mehran councils, he said they had been expelled for two semesters for their involvement in bringing in weapons and firing shots to terrorise their rivals.
Besides the expulsion, the committee imposed a fine of Rs25,000 on each of them and asked them to quit the university hostel if they were residing there.
Another 12 students - six each from the two councils - were expelled from the hostels for attacking their rivals.
They were found leading their group from the front. They were also fined Rs15,000 each.
Three more students were expelled from the hostels for defying the university administration's orders to calm down and settle their differences through negotiations. They allegedly put up resistance instead.
Eight students were served warnings for their participation in the brawls and attacking their rivals. However, all the students can appeal to the university syndicate against the punishment awarded to them. The syndicate would review the inquiry and the punishment when any appeal is submitted to it, according to Dr Baig.
QAU will communicate to the families of the students the action it took against their ward for creating law and order situation and spreading ethnic bias, he added.
Dr Baig said the university will reopen on Thursday and the students arriving to resume their studies will also be reminded of behaving responsibly and maintaining discipline and academic atmosphere at the campus.
QAU was closed after ugly clashes between the ethnic groups of Punjabi and Sindhi students over hostel accommodation on October 13 and 14 after which all nine boys' hostels were emptied of their residents.Your Comments
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