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Student organizations ‘clash’ at Punjab University

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LAHORE: In the latest episode of violence at an educational institution, a clash took place between two student organisations at the University of Punjab, the Lahore police said Wednesday, resulting in the closure of the varsity.

During the scuffle, the groups also resorted to aerial firing and stone pelting in one of the country’s biggest universities, the police said, while the number of students injured in the clash could not be ascertained.

The police added that at least 47 students involved in the firing on university premises, including one identified as Haseeb, have been arrested.

The law enforcers had rushed to the educational institute after Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Additional IG Bilal Siddique Kamyana took notice. 

The incident comes just days after the country’s top-ranked Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) was shut down this week for an indefinite period following a clash between two student groups.

Dr Raja Qaiser Ahmed, the registrar of the varsity, said that the clash between two groups took place Monday and after that, students were directed to vacate the university’s hostels.

In a statement released today, Islamabad police said that the hostels of the QAU have been evacuated completely through the “cooperation of the university administration”.

“We will not allow politics to take over the universities,” the capital’s police quoted Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah as saying in response to the unfortunate incident.

A case has also been lodged against suspects involved in the clash, police added.

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Meeting with the President: The Need for Preventive Measures to Avoid Expensive Treatment

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According to President Dr. Arif Alvi, adopting preventative measures against various ailments is essential to avoiding costly treatment, and these practices would also lessen the strain on the healthcare system.

He was speaking with a Pakistan National Heart Association team when they paid him a visit at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The President received a report from the delegation detailing the organization’s successes and operations.

The President emphasised the need to raise public awareness of the need of taking preventative steps to ward off heart disease and non-communicable illnesses.

In addition, he emphasised the need of the media, the local populace, mosques, and non-governmental organisations in raising this kind of knowledge in addition to using the newest media outlets to disseminate awareness.

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Meeting with COAS: Gen Asim to Reach National Agreement on Reducing Intolerance, ASP Shehrbano

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Lady Police Officer Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi has received praise from Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir for calming a tense situation and defending a woman in Ichra Bazaar, Lahore, from a violent crowd.

When the Army Chief met with Assistant Superintendent of Police Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi in Rawalpindi, he emphasised the value of social cohesion and the necessity of national agreement on reducing bigotry.

He acknowledged the important role Pakistani women have played in all spheres of society since the country’s independence and stated that because of their skill, perseverance, and dedication, they have made a name for themselves both domestically and internationally.

According to the Army Chief, women play a crucial role in Pakistani culture and are respected in both our social and religious ethos.

He placed a strong emphasis on the rule of law and cautioned against enforcing laws on oneself when there are legal channels available to resolve issues and complaints.

Syed Asim Munir emphasised the enduring theme of love and generosity found in Islam, pointing out that arbitrary measures based on heresy damage society’s perspective.

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Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s JUI-F resignation from the Senate

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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the JUI-F leader’s resignation, which he accepted.

In the National Assembly, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will be sworn in as a member.

Following their victories in the general elections on February 8 for the Balochistan Assembly, Senators Sarfraz Bugti and Prince Umar Ahmedzai had already announced their resignations from the Senate.

Prior carer Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the resignation of Federal Interior Minister Bugti, which he accepted.

In a similar vein, Senator Prince Umar Ahmedzai of the Balochistan Awami Party resigned from the Senate following his election to the provincial legislature.

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