islamabad - Federal Minister for Education on Wednesday asked the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) students to ‘trust’ authorities till the findings of the inquiry are reported. However, students vowed to continue protest until the restoration of expelled students.

Federal Minister for Education Baligh-ur-Rehman met the protesting students and the university administration to build heir confidence and urge them to end the strike, official said.

QAU was reopened this Monday after a twenty-day strike observed by Quaid-i-Azam Students Federation (QSF).

The QSF had partially ended the strike and decided to continue token protest till all their demands including restoration of expelled students was met. However, the civil administration took action and lodged a police case against more than seventy students, most of who were from the Baloch and Pashtoon Student Council.

In a meeting with students, the minister asked them to end the protest until the committee constituted by university syndicate submits its report, said official.

The minister also said that students will be given a chance to appear before the syndicate in the next meeting to be held on November 17. He added that he had urged university administration and the syndicate members to give possible relation in the punishment awarded to the students.

“We do not wish to put the students’ future at stake and I am hopeful there will be no need of protest after November 17,” said minister.

Meanwhile, the students gathered outside press club and chanted slogans against the university administration, terming its decision against them as ‘ethnic discrimination’.

Talking to The Nation, chairman Baloch Student Council (BSC) Kamran Baloch said that students have met Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri to resolve the problem.

“We do not trust federal minister or any other, have bypassed their commitments and held violence on students,” he added.

Kamran Baloch also added that a delegation from Balochistan parliamentarians and officials will meet the university administration and present the case of expelled students.

The delegation will be comprised of Senator Usman Kakar, Maulana Abdul Wasay, Azam Musa Khel provincial education minister of Balochistan.

“CM assured the students that if the delegation remained unsuccessful in restoring the expelled students, he himself will approach the President,” said Kamran.

Chairman Pashtoon Council Jahanzeb Khan also said that students will boycott the classes until their demands are met.

A university official informed The Nation that the situation at the campus has resumed to normalcy and classes are being held.