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.
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