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Saraiki Student Group Claims IJT Attacked Them Prior To IIUI Clash

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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.

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.

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.

Activist Jibran Nasir stated that those who stood against violence on campus should demand justice for the murdered student.

Academic Nida Kirmani stated that regardless of political differences, people must stand together in condemning this.

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.

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.



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