Saraiki Student Group Claims IJT Attacked Them Prior To IIUI Clash
The murder of an Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) worker in a violent clash at an International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has been strongly condemned.
On Thursday, an educational expo organised by the IJT at IIUI witnessed a clash between student groups which led to the death of a student, Syed Tufail.
Unconfirmed reports circulating on social media said that the clash was allegedly initiated out by the Saraiki Students Council.
Today, the student’s funeral was held at IIUI amidst protests by fellow activists and students against his murder.
The funeral was attended by Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Siraj-ul-Haq and party leader Liaquat Baloch.
— Eashaa! (@Easha_Riaz) December 13, 2019
The funeral was preceded by a protest march by students demanding justice for the victim of the clash at the university and calling for the perpetrators to be held accountable.
— Badar Tanvir (@syedbadartk) December 13, 2019
— Ihtisham Khaliq Waseer احتشام خالق وسیر (@iK_Waseer) December 13, 2019
Meanwhile, people have taken to Twitter to condemn the incident and demand justice for the slain student. The IJT, in a tweet from its official account, demanded that the government should conduct an investigation into the incident otherwise they would carry out strong protests in Islamabad and Punjab.
ہم حکومت سے فوری تحقیقات کا مطالبہ کرتے ہیں وگرنہ ہم اسلام آباد اور پنجاب کو بند کرینگے اور ملک بھر میں شدید احتجاج کی کال دے سکتے ہیں۔
ترجمان اسلامی جمعیت طلبہ پاکستان راجہ عمیر میر#AttackOnJamiatExpo_Isb
— Islami Jamiat -e- Talaba (@JamiatPK) December 12, 2019
Activist Jibran Nasir stated that those who stood against violence on campus should demand justice for the murdered student.
Those who stand against violence on campus, those who believe that as students and academics peaceful measures of settling all disputes on campuses should be adopted, must demand #JusticeForSyedTufail. Violence can't be justified, calls for justice can't be selective. https://t.co/ThnWDz6kzy
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) December 13, 2019
Academic Nida Kirmani stated that regardless of political differences, people must stand together in condemning this.
A young life full of potential lost to senseless violence. Regardless of political differences we must stand together in condemning this. The only way forward is to create spaces for democratic participation by students from across the political spectrum. #JusticeForSyedTufail https://t.co/kZbjueEvTj
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) December 13, 2019
Activist Haider Kaleem stated on offered his condolences to the friends and family of Syed Tufail and requested that all groups and organisations must remain peaceful at these sensitive times and not engage in blame game by calling the miscreants on the basis of ethnicity.
I am extremely sad and disturbed after getting the news that another fellow student, our beloved brother from Gilgit-Baltistan, Tufail (IJT) was murdered in a clash between IJT and IUSF during an event at #IIUI yesterday. My deep condolences to his friends, family and comrades.
— Haider Kaleem (@HaiderKaleemB) December 13, 2019
Saraiki Students Council alleges IJT attacked first
A statement issued by the Saraiki Students Council gives the impression that SSC was attacked by IJT activists before the expo incident wherein a student lost his life.
The Saraiki Students Council Senior Vice Chairman Zia Shafiq has said that members of SSC were attacked by a group of IJT workers on Thursday evening around 5:45pm.
According to the available information till now, this was a few hours before the attack on the IJT expo.
In comments to Naya Daur, Shafiq stated that on Thursday, before the attack on the expo, around 5 students of SSC were attacked by stick wielding activists of the IJT. The victims of the attack included him and the chairman of SSC, Ali Naqi, who received severe head injuries and had to be shifted to a hospital.
He said that they informed police and university administration, who advised them to go to the hospital.
Shafiq said that they were registered at the hospital at around 7pm. He added that he was not aware of what occurred after that on the university campus.
He also said that him and the chairman were nominated in the FIR related to the attack on the expo, while they were actually in the hospital at that time.