Students clash with police over varsity building
GILGIT: Over 400 students at two recently-established degree colleges clashed with police on Monday after they were asked to leave the Karakuram International University premises for their new buildings.
Students claimed they were forced to leave the university’s premises without transport and other facilties. They said the university’s administration refused to meet their demands. The Northern Areas administration set up two colleges in October to persuade college teachers to end their strikes and protests against the university. “But classes have been stopped for two months because university officials and college teachers failed to agree,” sources said.
Sources said many students were reluctant to be shifted to the new premises. They said police used teargas and batons to disperse the crowd of students. At least five student leaders were arrested. The protest ended when Northern Areas Chief Secretary Shiekh Ghazanfar Hussain assured them of his assistance.