Police arrest 21 Jamiat students of Punjab University as protests turn violent

Published: December 2, 2013

Screengrab of the passenger bus that students set on fire.

Screengrab of the passenger bus that students set on fire. Screengrab of the passenger bus that students set on fire. Express News screengrab of policemen pushing a bus to unblock a road. Express News screengrab of blocked traffic near the university. Express News screengrab of security officers at the hostel.

LAHORE: Twenty-one male students of Punjab University (PU) – who belong to Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) - were arrested on Monday, Express News reported.

The IJT is the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

After students were cleared out of a hostel and some were arrested, agitated students reacted by snatching keys from drivers and blocking roads and underpasses near the university.

Police attempted to take them into custody, but the students hid in blocks in the university. Traffic has been cleared from some roads but others are still blocked despite police efforts.

Students also set a passenger bus on fire after dragging people out of it. Following this incident, the police made more arrests, with the total number apprehended rising to 21.

Jamiat members were protesting against a press conference held by the university in which the administration had alleged that members of the party had locked two teachers of the law college in classrooms on November 30.

The protest was held on a bridge connecting the university with the hostels. The agitated students had blocked traffic on the bridge.

A contingent of police officers arrested 13 boys and cleared out the university’s Hostel No 16, as it is considered a stronghold for Jamiat members.

Following the evacuation, a group of students started pelting stones and police arrested another four IJT members.

Police seized bottles of alcohol from the room of a Jamiat spokesperson, identified as Rao Adnan.

There are conflicting reports about whether the police arrived first, after which the students began protesting, or if they came in response to the students’ protest against the administration.

IJT students continued violent protests till late evening, blocking traffic and causing chaos on the streets of Lahore.

‘Harbouring militants’

PU vice chancellor had accused IJT of harbouring militants in the university hostels.

However, Jamiat had refuted the claim and accused the VC of “trying to defame Jamiat” to hide his own inefficiency.

Early September, intelligence agencies had arrested Ahmed Sajjad, believed to have been the handler for a terrorist cell in Lahore, from PU Hostel No 1.

A senior serving intelligence agency officer had told The Express Tribune that JI has been directly and indirectly involved in providing accommodation to al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (67)

  • Sodomite
    Dec 2, 2013 - 11:52AM

    JI has been involved in student politics and violence since it’s inception. It uses terror on both staff and the student body to set its agenda. Its time that the intelligence agencies and police clear all academic premises of both staff and students harboring violent agenda and be moved to JI seminaries from publicly funded academic institutions. They should not disrupt learning and life of students who want to advance in life.

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  • Xnain
    Dec 2, 2013 - 11:59AM

    Good riddance!

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  • Dec 2, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Much needed. GOOD JOB.Recommend

  • Mamu
    Dec 2, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Looks like a setup! Later on Police will change their stance. As usual.Recommend

  • Xara
    Dec 2, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Universities have nothing to do with Politics. Govt should take a serious action and should arrest all of such culprits.Recommend

  • Basir
    Dec 2, 2013 - 1:18PM

    Ban IJT and JI

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  • sharif
    Dec 2, 2013 - 3:23PM

    Politically motivated allegations

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  • Kashif
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Jamaat-e-Islami are one of the few organizations that have a genuine care for Islam in Pakistan. Stop this hatred of the JI.Recommend

  • Proletarian
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:23PM

    Ban the JI. Throw them in prison. Recommend

  • Moiz Omar
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Please destroy this cancer that is Jamaat from Pakistan. If we leave it alone, it will cause more damage and eventually kill us. They were against the creation of Pakistan in the first place, caused riots in Lahore in the 1950s, and helped mass murder and rape in East Pakistan in 1971. This caused the East Pakistanis to separate. They have done nothing but harm to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Isn’t this the future leadership of Jamaat Islami and then we wonder what happened to this religious party? Rather than talking sensational issues on talks shows, real issues of society must be discussed so that people get educated about turn of events. See the link below:

    http://tune.pk/video/54444/Jamaat-e-Islami-Exposed-by-son-of-Mudoodi-?feature=searchRecommend

  • Maula Jatt
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:31PM

    I don’t follow why these students were arrested to begin with? Any charges brought against them? Is this revenge on JI for supporting Imran Khan’s NATO blockade?Recommend

  • Bazinga
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Ha, pity it had to end like this. The police should have registered cases against them and had them tried under Pakistan’s penal code. These radical, belligerant, extremist and terrorists which are so-called “students” should be expelled from the university and those who sympathise with them should also face the music. These narrow minded freaks who belong to a pro-taliban and anti-Pakistan party should no longer be allowed to be gain admission to any other university of Pakistan. I don’t want that the future of this nation is constantly terrorised and held hostage by a bunch of MULLAHS.Recommend

  • Mahmood
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Yellow Jurnalism, … The trubune did not bother to take the openion of Jamiat. This unrest was due to evacuation of students from the Hostel, without prior Notice. Its Clearly adminstrative flaw of University Administration.Recommend

  • Junaid
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:42PM

    @Xara- it IS the university’s job to curb such things. While it is easy to blame parties (I am apolitical) it is the within the university’s jurisdiction to stop such unpleasantness. Recommend

  • JD
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Not easy to believe whatever’s showed to us. But if its exactly like reported, then its time the Government deal with these issues with an iron hand.Recommend

  • Akber Jamil
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:50PM

    University is place for getting knowledge and IJT blackmailed the PU university administrations for political purpose. So it duty of government to make free PU from politics.Recommend

  • Arif
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:52PM

    @sharif:
    Definitely not. JI/IJT has been involved in facilitating militants in the past. So why to over-look JI’s history now. Its time to clean up educational institutions regardless of any political fall-out.Recommend

  • Saim Baig
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Arrest & Punish them!!Recommend

  • Vikas
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Good Job. Keep it up.Recommend

  • ali
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Ban IJT, PTI and JIRecommend

  • usman786
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:56PM

    ask JI to pay for damages and if police was there why they failed to control mob.Recommend

  • Dec 2, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Ridiculous! JI is so bent on moral policing but turns a blind eye to the character of IJT. IJT are a group of goons who have had defiled educational institutions like UET, PU etc.Recommend

  • sincere
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:59PM

    “Police seized bottles of alcohol from the room of a Jamiat spokesperson, identified as Rao Adnan”

    better get rid of all of them!Recommend

  • Tanzeel
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:02PM

    Police seized bottles of alcohol from
    the room of a Jamiat spokesperson,
    identified as Rao Adnan.

    Interesting.. Islam k thaykaydaar…Recommend

  • Muhammad Saim
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:10PM

    The IJT is the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

    shall be rephrased as follows:

    The IJT is the student wing of Jamaat-e-islami (JI) which is political wing of Taliban.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:16PM

    now that police have come this far, lets clean PU from the terrorist harbouring organisations.
    there are so many universaities in pakistan wihtout IJT which are ranked way higher than PU, so clearly IJT is not required for educationRecommend

  • Umer
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:22PM

    @Kashif:

    Jamaat-e-Islami are one of the few organizations that have a genuine care for Islam in Pakistan. Stop this hatred of the JI.

    Burning buses shows care? Which planet do you live on?

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  • KS Rajpoot
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:30PM

    First of all Jamiat is not Student wing of Jamaat Islami or any other Political organization If anyone can Prove any Affiliation then he should Come with proof in Supreme court

    Secondly In Punjab University issue was giving a Hostel belonging to male students to females and every student was protesting on it Administration gave it different color by coming up with lies

    Its Funny when a intelligence agency official says such things about Jamiat and dont goes in court if he has any proof infact first he needs to Explain what OBL was doing in Abbotabad and what Haqqani was doing in Islamabad ?

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  • Dec 2, 2013 - 5:36PM

    Altaf Hussain was right when he demanded arrest of Munawar Hasan et al.

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  • daud
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:45PM

    All the education institutions including Punjab University should be cleaned from all student organizations, especially IJT which involves in many violence activities. Frankly these so-called student’ organization are doing nothing for the betterment of the students rather they are creating terror environment within the educational institutions. The way IJT’ member behaved is really condemnable, the government should take firm actions against such elements.

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  • Rehan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:56PM

    I was student in PU and knew many of these JI activists. There agenda is to replace Pakistan with a Wahabhi style state. They will turn us into Arabistan.

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  • Last Word
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:59PM

    University of learning or terrorism ?

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  • Umar
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:03PM

    Wel done Bangladesh you have really done a great job with JI they deserve this.

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  • Fateh Mohammed
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:17PM

    I know Jamiaat ” students ” from 1961 when I was a student of Punjab University ( City Campus ) and the roguish role they played , they literally destroyed the educational ethos / learning culture of the university or the tradition of scholarship that the university had since before partition . They constantly harassed women students , teachers and interfered in everything from admissions to day today administrative affairs . The Jamiaat students particularly / and others are poison for the universities sooner they are banned better it will be for university education . But politicians will never allow universities to prosper become institution of higher learning . Universities are recruiting grounds for Jamiaat and others .

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  • SRahman
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:28PM

    The violence, extremism and “ghundagardi” was started by Islami-Jumiat-e-Talaba on the name of region in Pakistani educational institutes and these evil practices will only fish after we’ll get rid of these exploiter and gangsters behind the veil of Holy religion of Islam, InshAllah.

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  • JI Supporter
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:34PM

    @Sodomite, Xnain, The only normal person here, Proletarian, Moiz Umar, Tanzeel, Roadkashehzada, Rehan

    I just don’t get it – Pakistan is supposed to be an Islamic Republic so if religious parties want it to become a true Islamic State through acceptance of Sharia for governance why are so many educated people against it. Ask yourself who is brainwashed – JI or western-educated seculars?

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  • Major Iqbal
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:43PM

    Are JI good terrorists or bad terrorists?

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  • Dec 2, 2013 - 6:51PM

    Pakistan should learn from bengladesh, Egypt and Algeria and ban JI and its militant wings.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:56PM

    JI and IJT are only a semblance of Hassan bin Sabah’ outfit Hashishians ( The Assassins )

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  • pulseller
    Dec 2, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Those photographs are awful, they look like they were taken with a potato… in 1970. ET should really have enough money to hire someone with a DSLR at least.

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  • Mohammad Mirza
    Dec 2, 2013 - 7:10PM

    @JI Supporter:

    You are of course, who shut his brain for rational thinking and religiously believe in the propoganda that is contineously been fed, in the name of Islam.
    Wake Up!!!

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  • Butt
    Dec 2, 2013 - 7:30PM

    @Bazinga:
    Shouldn’t the Smart Agencies have taken them to be disappeared?

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  • Khurram A. Noorani
    Dec 2, 2013 - 7:32PM

    I wonder if this news will be published in tomorrow’s Ummat and Jasarat papers? Oh, that’s impossible!

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  • Moiz Omar
    Dec 2, 2013 - 8:09PM

    @JI Supporter:
    Pakistan should be a secular state. Religion + politics = bad. Plus the Quaid-e-Azam was a secularist.Recommend

  • mind control
    Dec 2, 2013 - 8:46PM

    LAHORE: Twenty-one male students of Punjab University (PU) – who belong to Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) – were arrested on Monday, Express News reported.

    Oh My God!!

    21 Future Martyrs at one go?

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  • Rahat
    Dec 2, 2013 - 9:27PM

    @Kashif:
    Yeah because they label terrorists as martyrs and martyrs as kafirs, not to forget Munawar is a hypocrite on divorce and he cares more about what’s happening in Egypt than what his friends are doing in Pakistan (which is in a worst situation – 35 million Egyptians don’t want morsi as their president and have protested to get him out because he failed to deliver (although I personally like Morsi that’s irrelevant) so if the people don’t want him, then let them do what they want, why do we care. If there is one genuine Islamic political party then it is PAT – Pakistan Awaami Tehreek, otherwise all are fake and use Islam for their own motives.

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  • Dec 2, 2013 - 9:29PM

    @Kashif:
    We saw JI’s twisted version of Islam when they anointed foreign and local mass murderers such as OBL and Hakimullah Mehsud as ‘shaheeds’. If anything Pakistan and Islam needs saving from JI.

    @JI Supporter:

    One fears what you guys consider Islam or Sharia. Considering that JI has been found harbouring Al Qaeda terrorists, hobnobbing with local Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni extremists of all kinds, and consider the barbaric Taliban as ‘brothers’, I would think it is the JI that is truly brainwashed, regardless of Pak’s confused and detrimental mix of religion and state.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 2, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Punjab University is a hub of terrorists and extremists. Mian Sahib has taken a very brave step to clean Punjab’s Waziristan.

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  • xenain
    Dec 2, 2013 - 9:58PM

    @Kashif:
    And clear love for terrorists. It’s Facist party.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:17PM

    @JI Supporter:
    JI has always been on forefront in harbouring foreign fighters (regardless right or wrong), why should we harbour fighter/terrorists from all over the islamic world? why do we, a nation of 200m people destroy our fabric of soceity for paletinians/egyptians/chechens/saudi arabia/afghanistan and get into fight of every nation? why should we shelter arabs who never supported the nation (except few leaders).
    and those who think IJT is not part of JI should double check. its like father and son relationship. and they have a younger brother also for schools, dont know if its still intact or not but that was intrumental to send young kids to fight in kashmir and afghanistan for charlie wilson’s war.

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  • Ummi Khann
    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:24PM

    the So called intelligence Guy should know that ISI have Created Taliban,, & there Leader OBL was hiding in the backyard of there Military Academy in Abottbad.. This voilence was due to evacuation of students from the Hostel, without prior Notice.. ET should this Yellow Journlism & promote its Fascit Agenda..

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  • KS Rajpoot
    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:35PM

    @Fateh Mohammed:
    In 1961 Jamiat was second big organization in PU after NSF ( communists)

    You blamed Jamiat of misbehaving with women when fact is that in student union elections 87% of girls voted for jamiat in 8 consecutive years

    Jamiat only demands free and fair Student union Elections in universities as promised not only bu Government and Supreme Court but also by UN charter and an end of this one sided campaign against Students by Media and Corrupt PU Administration

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  • The Zhobian
    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Get these bullshits out from the campuses and also should be banned forever from politics.

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  • Shamima
    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:45PM

    I was a student at Karachi University in the 1970s. The IJT were a violent fascist organisation then and they are a violent fascist oufit now. They should be turfed out of all educational institutions.

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  • SM ZAKI
    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:45PM

    Police seized bottles of Alcohol from IJT custody! What a ridiculous charge. shame on propagandists. Once, the same media had charged that Mulla Umer took away suit cases of dollars, gold and other valuable items while leaving Afghanistan, but till today no police army and ” ANY SUPER STAR REPORTER” of Pakistani media could find any clue of those suit cases.
    So called “LIBERALS” could find nothing from such negative tactics. This rotten system is about to leave along with so called ” Liberals”. The day is not too far. The game is over.

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  • MK
    Dec 2, 2013 - 11:16PM

    Can we now clear other Education institutions held hostage by “Student Wings” of other parties as well. PPP, MQM and ruling PML. all have so called student wings destroying atmosphere of their respective strong holds (Universities).

    Almost all student parties act like thugs, but why single out IJT, could this be a revenge tactic by current government?.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Dec 2, 2013 - 11:40PM

    About time Islami Jamiat Taleba is banned and declared a terrorist organisation. If beating up students, occupying hostels, canteens, disrupting classes, imposing their version of law, displaying and often using weapons in educational institutes etc is not terrorism, what is?!

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  • xenain
    Dec 3, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Bravery and Mian Sahib???? Hahaha

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  • Qasim
    Dec 3, 2013 - 1:41AM

    I study in Punjab uni and These student org JI make this best instituion the world worst in term of research institution. We should get rid of them and put PU on right track o research institution.

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  • vivek
    Dec 3, 2013 - 9:13AM

    and you expect students coming out of these colleges will compete in space science with isro.

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  • Jack
    Dec 3, 2013 - 11:01AM

    Please clean Karachi University as well from IJT.Recommend

  • REALIST
    Dec 3, 2013 - 11:50AM

    Good job, but they let the Maulana go. Get him.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 3, 2013 - 1:10PM

    @Kashif:
    How can some organization which opposed the creation of Pakistan can do anything constructive??

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  • Dec 3, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Ban JI and IJT to avoid mess further and put it’s Mulla in prison for life.

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  • Hakeem Luqman
    Dec 3, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Everyone knows that IJT has systematically destroyed almost each and every educational institution in the country, it is about time to see them as the real agents of the enemies of Pakistan.

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  • CHENGEZ K
    Dec 3, 2013 - 9:54PM

    IJT is mother of all terrorist organizations……………MQM has just followed Jamaat i Islami terrorist actions but just making those killings even worse!!1

    Jamaat i Islami used to take USD ,Altaf Hussain prefers British pound Sterlings!!!

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