Islamabad - The students of Quaid-i-Azam University called off strike yesterday evening after the university administration accepted their demands. The administration removed the provost against whom the students were protesting for backing the penetration of the students’ wing of a religio-political party at the campus.

The students had gone on strike on last Tuesday when the university expelled three students from a hostel and imposed fine for allegedly beating a student whom they had caught with Jihadi literature.

The students alleged that a group of students with the support of the provost was trying to penetrate Islami Jamiat Talba, the student wing of Jamaat Islami at the campus. The matter was reported to the university administration which expelled three students from the hostel for a semester instead of taking action against the provost and student found with the material.

A large number of students boycotted classes for three consecutive days, staged demonstrations across the campus and chanted slogans against the varsity’s administration for turning a blind eye towards such elements spreading extremist ideologies at the campus.

After three days complete strike, the varsity administration accepting the demands of the students removed Dr Anwar Shah from the post of the provost and appointed another faculty member Amanat Ali as hostel In-charge yesterday evening. Consequently, the students called off the strike. Classes will resume from Friday as per schedule, announced the administration.

Dean of Biological Sciences Dr Waseem Ahmed who was coordinating negotiations with the students and university administration said the decision of provost’s removal was taken by the Vice Chancellor after consultations with the faculty and administrative staff. Regarding the expulsion of three students from the hostel, he said, they have been asked to appeal to the VC against the decision that will be given due kind consideration.