The annual sports gala at College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Punjab University continues under the protection of police after an attempt by Islami Jamiat-e-Talba’s (IJT) to forcefully stop the event and disperse students. According to Laaltain correspondent, Nazim of Institute of Social and Cultural Studies Rab Nawaz with other IJT activists including some students expelled earlier from the PU intruded the CEES premises and forced students and faculty members to stop the event. According to PU spokesperson’s press release, IJT activists first sent a threatening note to the principal of CEES in which they demanded to stop the “immoral activities” but the college administration did not succumb to their pressure.
“Some 10 to 15 IJT activists trespassed into the college ground and misbehaved with senior faculty members. They thrashed the faculty members, snatched mobile phones and purses both from male and female students. More than two dozen teachers and students were held hostage in this manner”, PU spokesperson said.
According to Laaltain sources, IJT activists had to leave the college premises when the students started to resist and protect their teachers and fellow students. Law enforcements were called to avoid any further assault for Jamiat activists.
IJT on the other hand denied such allegations. IJT’s Nazim Hafiz Abdul Muqeet while speaking to an English Daily said that CEES administration arranged music and dance event and the students who objected to it were beaten. “Teachers should not promote a culture of impudence in the university”, Mr. Muqeet added.
“Islami Jamiat-e-Talba has no right to interfere in our lives whatsoever. It’s our life and we better know our values and limitations. We were not committing any crime, we were just having fun.” A student from CEES spoke to Laaltain. “I will never feel safe anymore. VC should take action against these thugs” She added on the condition of anonymity.
According to PU Spokesperson, “The matter has been brought into the notice of education minister of Punjab, Mr. Mashhood Ahmad Khan. Any attempt to damage academic environment would be dealt in accordance with law. PU administration would take strict disciplinary action against IJT activists.”
CEES has previously been under attack by IJT activists when the latter were expelled by the disciplinary committee for violating university regulations. Mr. Iftikhar Baloch then chairperson of the college was brutally assaulted by Jamiat in 2010.