Rawalpindi - Tens of hundreds of students and lecturers staged a massive protest demonstration against the Punjab government over keeping mum on a court’s decision regarding handing over of Government Postgraduate Gordon College to a missionary trust.

The infuriated students carrying placards boycotted the educational activities in the college and chanted slogans against the government while blocking the traffic on Liaquat Road for more than two hours.

The protest demonstration was organised by Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association and led by its President Liaquat Abbasi. Police were called in to maintain law and order.

The mess of students and their teachers triggered a massive traffic jam on Liaquat Road and its adjoining roads.

“I will not accept the privatisation of my college at any cost” was mentioned on a placard held by a protesting student.

The college lecturers, while taking to media persons, said that the Punjab government has hell bent on destroying the educational institutions and was closing the doors of education for poor students. They said that not a single person from Punjab government had challenged the court’s verdict of giving Gordon College to a missionary trust. “CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif always chants slogan for education but in real he is the worst enemy of education and poor students,” said a professor.

“I belong to a poor family and paying Rs 6000 fee annually for getting education in this college. How I can pay Rs 10,000 per semester if the college goes to a missionary trust,” said Amir Nazir, a first year student.

He said that he along with his class fellows are protesting against the government for not challenging court’s verdict. The other students said that the authorities should avoid creating chaos and cancel the decision of privatising the college.

On the other hand, Director Colleges Prof Humayun sent the report of protest to secretary higher education Punjab.

On a telephonic conversation with media persons, Secretary Higher Education Punjab Irfan Ali claimed that the college would not be privatised. “It is a rumour that the government is going to hand over Government Postgraduate Gordon College to any missionary trust,” he said.