Published: December 2, 2019 3:51:05 pm
Police in Pakistan have arrested a youth chief and registered cases against the organisers and participants of an enormous students rally just lately held throughout the nation demanding restoration of pupil unions within the campuses, media stories mentioned on Monday.
Students union have been banned in 1984 by the army dictator General Zia-ul Haq and have been by no means absolutely restored regardless of demand by the students.
Thousands of students in 50 main cities in Pakistan held rallies on Friday demanding restoration of their unions and enchancment in academic services.
The protest termed because the Student Solidarity March was organised and led by the Student Action Committee (SAC) – a consultant physique of completely different pupil teams.
In Lahore, the Civil Lines police on behalf of the State registered a case on sedition costs against the organisers of the march moreover 250-300 unidentified participants, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Zulfiqar Hameed, a capital metropolis police officer, mentioned the case was registered on behalf of the State as a result of the students have been delivering provocative speeches and chanting slogans against the state and its establishments.
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A pupil chief, who was additionally among the many organisers, was arrested by the police.
“One of the organisers Alamgir Wazir was arrested two days ago and the police would arrest other people involved in the case as well,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.
Wazir, a former Punjab University pupil who went on to grow to be chairperson of the Pakhtun Council, had gone lacking from the campus two days in the past.
The Pukhtun Council students protested against the arrest of Wazir outdoors the Punjab University Vice Chancellor’s home.
A case underneath sedition costs has additionally been registered against Iqbal Lala, father of Mashal Khan, a pupil of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan was lynched by an indignant mob over blasphemy allegations in 2017, the Express Tribune reported.
Khan, since his brutal homicide, has grow to be a logo of students’ resistance.
Big gathering of students have been additionally held in Karachi and Lahore which historically have been the magnet of students’ actions.
A rally was additionally held in entrance of the Parliament constructing in Islamabad, demanding that the restriction on pupil union must be lifted.
Similar rallies have been held within the provincial capital of Peshawar and Quetta.
Meanwhile, completely different political leaders, together with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, supported the students’ demand to revive the scholar unions.
This is just not the primary case registered against students and activists on sedition costs.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday mentioned the federal government would first come out with a code of conduct earlier than permitting political actions on the campuses.
“We will establish a comprehensive & enforceable code of conduct, learning from the best practices in internationally renowned universities, so that we can restore & enable student unions to play their part in positively grooming our youth as future leaders of the country,” he tweeted.
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