IJT blocks road to protest 'firing' on nazim

Apr 24, 2017

LAHORE: The Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) launched a protest at the Punjab University and blocked the Canal Road over an alleged firing incident here on Sunday.

IJT former nazim Osama Naseer said that IJT’s current Nazim Osama Ijaz was going to hostel number-1 when two unidentified motorcyclists fired at him near the Student Teacher Centre (STC) underpass.

He said the nazim escaped the attack and they were protesting over failure of the administration as how the armed men entered the university.

A large number of IJT activists reached outside the vice-chancellor’s office and lodged a protest against the administration for failing to provide security to students. They continued chanting slogans against the university administration and demanding arrest of attackers.

A heavy police contingent reached the campus and started negotiations with the students to end the protest.

A security in-charge of the university told Dawn on condition of anonymity that initial investigation showed that no firing incident had taken place on the campus.

He said the two empty bullet casings recovered from the spot were not fresh and it seemed that someone had placed them there.

He said they also did not find any firing marks on any wall, adding the IJT wanted to implicate their rival student organisations in the case.

Baloch Council president Asfandyar said that IJT activists were lying and no one had attacked their nazim.

He said that IJT activists wanted to implicate their activists in the case, adding that all of their members were in the hostel when the IJT started their protest drama.

He said students from Civil Lines College and other institutions were called every day to threaten them.

PU Vice-Chancellor Zafar Moin Nasir said that IJT activists were trying to pressurize the administration with a fake firing incident.

He said they would not allow anyone to take law into their hands and would deal it strictly.

He said the administration had asked the IJT activists to submit their complaint to the local police.

He said the administration investigated the matter which suggested that no firing incident took place on the campus.

(Daily Dawn)