Clashes hit Punjab University over ‘Pashtun Culture Day’


Vice Chancellor Punjab University Zafar Moeen Nasir said action would be taken against those responsible. “We have told police to clean up the entire system and want people who are illegal occupants or those causing provocation to be caught.”

At least seven students were injured as clashes broke out between two groups of students at Punjab University.

On Tuesday, the Pashtun Students Federation (PSF) at Punjab University organised a cultural programme in celebration of Pashtun culture.

The students marking the day were threatened by members of Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) who set their camp on fire. The setting ablaze of the camp ensued violence between the two parties.

Five PSF students and two members of IJT were injured.

The police were forced to fire tear gas to control the situation.

According to flyers posted by PSF, the purpose of the event was to spread awareness about Pashtun culture. There were set to be performances of Attan and display of different stalls showcasing Pashtun traditional materials.

Punjab draws flak over ‘racial profiling’

A controversial ad and subsequent crackdown on the Pashtuns and Afghan nationals has earned the Punjab government scathing criticism on social media with some calling it ‘racial profiling’ and ‘stereotyping’ of one ethnic group.

After the controversy went viral on social media, politicians and lawmakers from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa jumped into the fray, heaping scorn on the Punjab government for ‘demonising’ the Pashtuns and hurting the sentiments of people in K-P.

NADRA allegedly began suspending the Computerised National Identity Cards issued to hundreds of Pathans living throughout Lahore in November 2016.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has also condemned the “discriminatory and racial profiling” of Pashtuns, saying it would negatively affect the war against terrorism.

Vice Chancellor Punjab University Zafar Moeen Nasir said action would be taken against those responsible. “We have told police to clean up the entire system and want people who are illegal occupants or those causing provocation to be caught.”
Vice Chancellor Punjab University Zafar Moeen Nasir said action would be taken against those responsible. “We have told police to clean up the entire system and want people who are illegal occupants or those causing provocation to be caught.”

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