QUA students triumph; MDCAT protesters continue sit-in
File photo of medical students protest.
Quaid-e-Azam University has accepted most of the demands of the protesting students and issued a notification after late-night negotiations with the ICT administration while MDCAT students gave 24-hour ultimatum for acceptance of their demands and continued their peaceful sit-in at D-Chowk of Islamabad on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The varsity has decreased the ‘departmental fee’ to Rs6,000 yearly and the library fee on a permanent basis at Rs5,500.
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqat held an hour-long session with student representatives of Quaid-e-Azam University.
He said, “Alhamdolillah majority of the issues resolved. Young student leaders and the University Admin have shown vision and magnanimity for the resolution of issues. Insha'Allah from tomorrow routine will be restored.”
The students made announcements after preliminary successful negotiations with the ICT policy and administration.
On Wednesday night, ICT police baton-charged protesting students and made several arrests.
Islamabad Additional District Magistrate Rana Waqas said, “Protestors might have won negotiations but what’s better than half faith? This is Constitution Avenue after Traders Protests. CDA sanitation are on its way to clean.”
Protestors might have won negotiations but— Rana Waqas Anwar (@rmwaq) September 29, 2021
what’s better than half faith?
This is Constitution Avenue after Traders Protests.
CDA sanitation are on its way to clean. pic.twitter.com/udpa3MDTe6
A social media trend #StudentsMarchtoPMHouse and #ShameonISBPolice also remained among top Twitter trends.
Activist Jibran Nasir said, “Why are our students denied the constitutional right to peaceful assembly, protest and unionize? Why are they denied any platform to become stakeholders in decisions impacting their future? With every unsolved crisis more and more students are becoming disillusioned.”
Why are our students denied constitutional right to peaceful assembly, protest & unionize? Why are they denied any platform to become stakeholders in decisions impacting their future? With every unsolved crisis more & more students are becoming disillusioned. #StandWithStudents— M. Jibran Nasir #گوادر_دھرنا 🇵🇸 (@MJibranNasir) September 29, 2021
Reporter Saghir Chaudhry