After marching towards Islamabad on foot for 12 days, Baloch students reached Lahore on Wednesday and staged a sit-in outside the Punjab Assembly. Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz on Friday visited the students and showed solidarity.
As many as 40 Baloch students of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan reached Lahore on October 21. They set up a camp outside the Punjab Assembly at the Faisal Chowk. These students began their march on October 10.
Their charter of demands includes restoration of scholarships for the students enrolled at the BZU on the reserved seats for Balochistan as well as withdrawal of a fee collection notification issued in this regard.
In addition to this, they also demand issuance of scholarships for DG Khan and Rajanpur tribal areas’ students studying on reserved seats at the BZU, Multan, and allocation of more seats for them in other departments of the varsity.
Moreover, the protesters complained that the government and the varsity’s administration remain unmoved even after days of protests and sit-ins. They had been protesting for their demands for over 40 days at a camp at their university in Multan.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz visits the protest camp
On Friday, Maryam visited the protest camp of Baloch students in Lahore. She expressed solidarity with the students and sought details from them. Additionally, she assured them that their academic demands would not only be heard but also be met. More so, she promised them her party’s support.
PML-N leader Maryam interacted with the students and expressed solidarity with them. She said the students had been on the roads for 12 days. Yet no one from the government came to resolve the issues of these poor students.
Maryam stated, “Those who think that Punjab is big brother, I tell them Balochistan is the big brother.”
In addition to this, the PML-N vice-president said the demands of these students need to be met. She added that it would not cost the government much.
Following her visit, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar called the students to Governor House. He spoke to them and announced a package to meet all their demands. All it took was Maryam visiting the protest camp for the governor to come into action.
What a shame! Is the government’s action just for point-scoring?
According to the sources, the package comprises all students from Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit Baltistan to receive over Rs 18,000 at varsities in Punjab. Moreover, half of the expenses of these students will be covered by the universities.
The educational institutes of Pakistan have become an open field for the wicked. Last year, there was another scandal involving Balochistan University which marked a new low for the educational sector of this country.
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