ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday referred the matter of eviction of three female students from the hostel of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) to the university president for holding an inquiry on the issue.

In this regard, Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi issued a written judgement and directed the president IIUI to submit the conclusion of the inquiry to the court within a fortnight. The judge wrote in the verdict, "The matter is referred to the president of International Islamic University (IIUI) for its disposal in accordance with the norms. The communication of the result would be expected within fortnight."

The verdict also read, "The university having parental prestigious is expected to decide the matter with the said consideration."

"The petitioners are prepared to follow the rules and laws of the university, besides undertaking for not indulging in any indecent procession of students or any other such activity," noted Justice Qureshi in his written decision.

It is pertinent to mention here that previously, the efforts to resolve this matter out of court had failed to yield any positive result. Therefore, Justice Qureshi had reserved the verdict after counsels of both the sides completed their arguments in the petition of three students of IIUI including Neelam Jehan (Ph.D.), Hiba Shabir (B.Sc. Economics and Finance) and Romana Akbar (LLM Human Rights).

The three students had moved the court through their counsel Advocate Sher Afzal against the additional district and sessions judge's verdict in which the students were ordered to vacate the hostel rooms within three days. In their petition, they cited the president IIUI, DG IIUI, director female campus and provost of female hostel as respondents.

Their counsel contended that in a very diabolical manner, petitioners were unlawfully locked into their rooms and ultimately petitioner number 1 was recovered on a habeas corpus petition through a bailiff of the sessions court. "As if this was not enough, the respondents also registered FIR number 134/2014 U/S 452/506 PPC at Police Station Sabzi Mandi," he maintained.

He argued that the impugned order of trial court dated February 25 was arbitrary, unlawful, without jurisdiction and thus not tenable in the eyes of law. He said that instead of treating their students with patience and parental kindness, respondents had resorted to very cruel and most ignominious methods, which could not be expected from the management of a university enjoying international repute. Therefore, he prayed to the court that in the light of the submissions, it was humbly requested that upon acceptance of this revision, the impugned order dated 25-02-2014 might graciously be set aside and order dated 06-02-2014 passed by the trial court might graciously be restored.