'Clashes at Karachi University, nothing but terrorism'

Majority of students condemn frequent clashes, but hold out little hope for a solution.


Web Desk March 14, 2012

KARACHI: A recent clash at the University of Karachi (KU) between members of All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) and the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) led to suspension of educational activities in the campus.

Fights between student wings of different political parties have become an accepted, but much abhorred part of academic life. The Express Tribune recently conducted the following poll:
In your opinion, should student political groups in universities and colleges be banned?

A total of 776 people (74%) voted in favour of banning student political groups on campus, while 272 (26%) voted in favour of on-campus political activity.

The main victims of these brawls are the students. When approached by The Express Tribune a majority of students condemned the frequent clashes, but held out little hope for a solution. One of the students said armed clashes in an educational institution are shocking and such incidents in a state university “represents nothing but terrorism”.

Others highlighted that these fights not only affect the students but also those who are associated with the university. One student suggested that there should not be any political parties in the university while another said that a student body with representatives of all stakeholders should be constituted, which can solve issues through dialogue rather than violence.

COMMENTS (13)

MH | 9 years ago | Reply Here's the trouble with student politics: Majority of the students who get involved in student politics do it because they have no other means of getting a degree at the end of their four years. They're people who will fail throughout their lives, but to avoid that failure, they hide behind these political parties to get them through. The fact that they make it into the university itself is also due to the political party, and the problem with KU is, the administration at the very high levels and the very low levels is incredibly corrupt. Keep the political party happy, and you're happy. It's a vicious circle that won't end unless the administration gets an overhaul. As they say, corruption is like cancer and it will grow, and KU's just eventually moving to its very advanced stages. The only reason KU survives is because there are still professors here who are bent on teaching despite the odds. There are still students here who want to become something more than what's expected of them. If only for once these people would unite, maybe there could be some change.
A J Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

Both the political parties have a track record of murders, voilence, abductions, kidnappings and use of weapons. Both need to sought it amongst themselves. The lesser the better.

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