Background: Baloch Students have been marching for 11 days for restoration of reserve seats scholarships reserved for them by the government. Balochistan already has limited educational institutions and that’s why many student move to metropolitan cities i.e. Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad to get higher education. Reserved seats quota was initiated for students of Balochistan in numerous public universities of Punjab by the PPP-government back in 2008. These measures were taken under Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package:, which not only promised free education but also hostel accommodations. HEC terminated these seats because of budget cuts by the recent government.
What happened: Vice President PML-N, Maryam Nawaz has visited Baloch students’ protest camp in Lahore. Students shared their concern with Maryam Nawaz and requested her to urge the government to restore student quota and scholarship in universities. Maryam heavily criticized the government for negligence. She said that these students have been on the road for 12 days and the media along with the government ignored them purposely.
What people are saying: Many people have appreciated her visit. According to them this act will show that our mainstream politicians have to listen to the marginalized communities too.