Ban Students Political Wings
April 2, 2010 8 Comments
Today, there was a teacher’s strike in Punjab University. The reason of the strike is that a Professor of the College of Earth & Environmental Sciences Department (CEES), Dr. Iftikhar Baloch, who’s happened to be the head of PU Disciplinary Committee as well, was severely injured from repeated blows by the students who’re said to be of Jammiat. This all happened when Dr. Iftikhar Baloch took action against the six students for violation of discipline. The senior most official of PU, Dr. Iftikhar Baloch, is said to be in critical condition.
This is a quite familiar thing that Jammiat is the most influential political student wing in Punjab University.
A friend of mine, studying in Punjab University, has been telling me this over and over again that the activists of “Jamiat”, student wing of Jammat-e-Islami, are prominent in such outbursts in the university.
Another friend of mine has apprized me about the another side of the whole situation. According to him, a staff member of PU was caught exercising adultery which caused today’s turmoil.
The reason to bring this to everyone’s attention is forasmuch as to highlight this issue about the political activities of students in educational institutes prevailing without any organized system of restrictions. Student wings of each prominent political party, functioning in any university in the country, are becoming a grave concern of student’s safety and more importantly they oft disrupt the university’s environ. This is a general sentiment exclusive of any particular event to highlight.
There are two possibilities to solve the issue: either a total ban on students political wings within universities or keep an effective check and balance on these wings which is the responsibility of the government as well as the judiciary. The more effective check and balance could be practiced when there’s a strong and organized platform to conjoin the different political wings into one — a Student Union — which would be free of any political savor within the educational institutes. Whoever disturbs the peace in the educational institute needs to be dealt with iron hands. The former one, to ban students wings, will yield good results, I personally believe.
What is the role of our Judiciary on this issue? Would the Judiciary please direct its attention on this matter, in a more general fashion? Up to which time the universities will keep upholding such a bullring inside it? And who’re the real trouble makers behind every such event?