Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) activists tried to stop and threaten the faculty and students of the Punjab University (PU) Philosophy Department who took out a protest rally on Friday against the misconduct of the IJT activists with their colleagues during a previous rally on Wednesday. IJT activists brought in students from the Science College to stop the students who were protesting against rising levels of intolerance.
Faculty members and students of Philosophy Department boycotted classes and took out a rally from the department to the Vice Chancellors office where they staged a sit-in to record their protest against the hooliganism and misbehavior of IJT activists. The rally was intercepted by IJT activists who shouted slogans and asked students and faculty to turn back. Upon their refusal, the IJT activists misbehaved with female students and refused to listen to the faculty members.
Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran assured the rally participants that stern action will be taken against offenders. He said that IJT should realize that times had changed and now strict measures will be taken against them.
After Friday prayers, IJT activists staged a rally and held a demonstration outside the Jamia Mosque. IJT Nazim Zubair Safdar said they were protesting against vulgarity in PU and disrespect of Islamic values shown by faculty and students of the Philosophy Department.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2011.