–Mohsin Dawar, PPP chief Bilawal condemn highhandedness, demand release of students
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police on Wednesday cracked down on students who held a demonstration in Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, to protest the fee hike and arrested at least nine students.
The students were arrested under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the request of the university administration, according to reports.
The alleged baton-charge by police was condemned by politicians, including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and North Waziristan lawmaker Mohsin Dawar.
In a tweet, Dawar termed police violence against peaceful protesters at the university and arrest of activists belonging to student organisations as “very condemnable” and a “shameful act”.
He called for the immediate release of those who have been arrested.
PPP’s media cell also tweeted that the party’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has backed the protest and stance of Gomal University students. He said that instead of solving the students’ problems, the police violence and retaliatory activities against them and the move to close the university were “unjustified”. He also said that the valid demands of the students should be recognised and the academic process at the university resumed without delay.
A First Information Report (FIR) against the students had been registered on February 14 after the university wrote a letter to the police requesting it to take action while a second FIR was registered on Tuesday night, the source said.