Pakistan Today (Lahore)

21 SU students booked on sedition charges

- News desk

21 students of the Sindh University (SU) along with 13-14 other suspects have been arrested by the Jamshoro police on the charges of sedition, in regards to an event held to observe Sindh Cultural Day.

As per the complainan­t stated that the suspects raised anti-state slogans at the instigatio­n of proscribed Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) leader Shafi Burfat. Students belonging to different political and nationalis­t parties celebrated the day at Zero Point, where they raised antipakist­an slogans, he further stated.

The Jamshoro police registered the FIR on Friday last under sections 123A, 124-A, 153-A, 505, 19, 147, 145 and 203 of the Pakistan Penal Code vide crime No. 305/21 on the complaint of SI Ghulam Hussain Kalro.

Those suspects include Wasim Chandio, Irfan Soomro, Waqar Panhwar, Abid Jamali, Akash Lakho, Arsalan Arisar, Danish Leghari, Darya Khan Panhwar, Fida Hussain Panhwar, Jamshed Unnar, Hafeez Umrani, Imtiaz Ali Pahore, Janib

Wassan, Jaswand Meghwar, Mansoor Kalwar, Azeem Jatoi, Muzamil Abbasi, Rashid Ali Zardari, Sajjad Ali Panhwar, Sarmad Hussain Chandio and Waqar Ali Panhwar.

The Jamshoro SHO said that the FIR was registered after a delay of 16 days because the police were verifying the names of those who had participat­ed in the celebratio­n.

The police officers and personnel present there had drawn the attention of the SU administra­tion to the unlawful activities. An inquiry into the matter was conducted and finally on Nov 27 SU vice chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Siddique Kalhoro decided to issue notices to the errant students.

The notice issued to the students read: “It has been observed that they [students] have not followed the guidelines given in the Registrar Office [vide] Circular No. S.U.G/623, dated: 12.11.2021 and created law and order situation which has severely affected the educationa­l environmen­t and peaceful study atmosphere”.

The notice further asked the students to appear before the university’s disciplina­ry committee on November 30 in the office of the dean faculty of natural sciences

A spokesman for the university said that a group of students had violated the guidelines issued by the registrar’s office. They took out rallies and also created a law and order situation on the campus, he stated while adding that the celebratio­n, farewell parties to passing out students and welcome receptions to newcomers were allowed to restore normalcy on the campus after two years of Covid-19 pandemic-related closure and restrictio­ns but some students resorted to challengin­g the administra­tion’s writ.

It is pertinent to note that the students were supposed celebrate the day on November 18 within the vicinity of their respective department and avoid taking out rallies and resort to indulging in prohibited acts.

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