Punjab University has become a battlefield earlier this year as clashes erupted between two major student unions of the university— Islami Jamiat Talaba and Baloch Pashtun Students Union — soon after the Jamiat-sponsored Pioneer Festival.
Ever since the clashes, a continuous rivalry has been observed between the two groups.
Amid the ongoing rivalry, anti-army wall chalking has appeared in a varsity underpass, which caused a major unrest among the Pashtun students of the university.
According to media reports, a wall of the Student Teacher Centre underpass near Hostel No. 1 of PU was vandalised on late Sunday night by a group of unidentified persons. The culprits chalked slogans against the national military.
The incident casued a major unrest for Pashtun students of the university according to whom it is an attempt to “incriminate” them on the basis of ethnicity and to malign Pasthun Tahaffuz Movement.
“None of the students affiliated with the PTM or any Pashtun students’ organisations have anything to do with it,” a Pashtun student of the varsity stated.
He said that a group of Pashtun students had a word with the university’s chief security officer already and informed him of the incident. “He has trusted our word and assured us of bringing the culprits to justice,” the student further added.
On the other hand, Spokesperson of the varsity, Khurram Shehzad said the matter did not appear to be “that serious”.
“Everyone loves the armed forces and no one can even think of doing something like this. Someone must have done it for fun,” he stated.
The varsity administration, however, was oblivious of the said incident earlier and strict action would be taken against the culprits found guilty, he said.
“We have obtained the CCTV footage of the incident and will initiate an action against the accused soon after their identification. No one would be allowed to disrupt peace on campus.”
He further said that the slogan had been erased by the authorities.
To a question, the Spokesperson rejected the claims that the Vice Chancellor was against any group of the university students. “He [the vice chancellor] is not biased towards any organisation and certainly not against the Pashtun or Baloch students,” he said.
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