Clashes hit Punjab University over 'Pashtun Culture Day'

Published: March 21, 2017
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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.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Saman
    Mar 21, 2017 - 4:08PM

    Good work Jamiat ! Don’t let overly egoistic ethnic groups to push their way everywhere and then cry foul all the time. Recommend

  • Sufi Sindhi
    Mar 21, 2017 - 6:19PM

    Why you are afraid of CULTURE?
    Pashtun students can’t /shouldn’t be denied the right to celebrate their culture.
    Please, be civil..Recommend

  • Farru
    Mar 21, 2017 - 6:33PM

    @Saman:
    Firstly, I am not Pashtun, but I respect the right of every student union/party to celebrate any day.
    Secondly, how could you burn anyone’s tent?

    Even if I accept the argument that the Pashtun students are playing ethnic card, what IJT is doing in Punjab University? Playing the religious card?Recommend

  • Lolz
    Mar 21, 2017 - 8:19PM

    @Saman: you can’t stop baby! Recommend

  • kala bangali
    Mar 22, 2017 - 7:41AM

    well, cultural day, should be celebrated, but only in punjab university? none of the other places in while country, why ? culture doesn’t means only music and dance. there are hundred of other things which can be spread. few weeks a ago balouch cultural day was celebrated in same campus with no problem at all. i am surprised to see that none of the national TV reported that females of jamiat were beaten and then the clash started Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Mar 22, 2017 - 12:53PM

    And they Say “Education Helps Build Tolerant Society” HOW? Recommend

  • Zubair
    Mar 22, 2017 - 3:52PM

    @Saman:
    Pakistan is a ,multi lingual and multicultural society. We should respect and preserve cultures and shouldn’t listen to people like you :)Recommend

  • Farah
    Mar 22, 2017 - 4:25PM

    Indian RAW is creating civil unrest to divide our country. Pashtuns and Punjabis are brothers of this soil. We must be one and support Khalistan movement in India for freedom of poor sikh people who do not have any identity of their own. LONG LIVE KHALISTAN movementRecommend

  • I. H. Khan
    Mar 22, 2017 - 9:06PM

    All Pakistanis are socially and culturally well integrated. The motives behind such events is not clear and unnecessary hatred should be avoided by the majority of Pakistanis. Recommend

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