Many private university students were injured after clashing with security guards during demonstrations against in-person examinations. The students have been protesting against physical exams as classes were held virtually and so should the exams. Students gathered outside a university located at Jinnah Road in Johar Town in the morning.
According to police, between 300 and 350 students participated in the protest. The students of the private university marched to the institute’s main gate and chanted slogans against the varsity’s administration.
The situation escalated and worsened as the protesters tried to enter the varsity premises and hence the guards and the students clashed, as a result, five students sustained injures. Police say one of the wounded students is said to be in critical condition. Students remain resilient as they protest for their demands to be met; however, the university administration has not yet commented on the matter.
The Punjab Minister for Higher Education and Information Technology Raja Yassir Humayun reacted to the continuing student protests saying, “students should not take the law into their hands,” and that the “demonstrations are totally uncalled for,” on Tuesday. “The students are not demanding rightful things. The diligent students who have spent their time studying via online classes have nothing to do with these protests. A specific group is involved in triggering such violent protests outside every university,” said Humayun.
A case has been registered on the request submitted by the security in-charge of the private university, against more than 500 students for vandalism and arson during a protest outside a private university in Johar Town on Wednesday. Four to five hundred students have been named in the case registered at Nawab Town Police Station, reported the police.
#StudentskoInsaafdo trends on Twitter as many turned to social media to protest. Activists like Waqar Zaka urge the government to be just towards the students and hear their demands.