ISLAMABAD  - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday suspended the order of a lower court related to eviction of three female students from the hostel of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi also directed the university administration for restoration of possession of hostel rooms and their luggage to the students.

The court further issued notices to the university officials and directed them to submit their reply in this connection on March 10.

The three students including Neelam Jehan (Ph.D), Hiba Shabir (B.Sc Economics and Finance) and Romana Akbar (LLM Human Rights) had moved the court through their counsel Advocate Sher Afzal against the additional district and sessions judge Rafaqat Awan's verdict in which the students were ordered to vacate the hostel rooms within three days.

In their petition, they cited President IIUI, DG IIUI, Director Female Campus and provost of Female Hostel as respondents.

Their counsel Sher Afzal informed the court that the plaintiffs were lodging in the hostel accommodation provided by the university and in the month of December 2013 some differences were developed between the boarders and the hostel management which culminated into an agitation and subsequent en-bloc strike by all the hostel residents against the poor standard of hostel management on 23rd and 24th December 2013.

He told that unaware of the draconian consequences awaiting the agitating students, they immediately dispersed peacefully after assured of their grievances being addressed.

However, Sher added that both the Hostel as well University managements could not reconcile with the voice of dissent aimed at exposing their malpractices and failures, launched a hunt for those who had directly or indirectly supported their fellow students.

The counsel further added that while mostly relying on hearsay evidence, mostly generated by ill-will and malice, all the three petitioners too became victims of the 'vengeance' as initially their hostel seats were cancelled in an arbitrary and fanciful manner, obliging the plaintiffs to approach a competent forum for securing justice.

He stated that a trial court confirmed interim injunction in favour of the petitioners dated 06-02-2014, which was assailed by the respondents through an appeal and the same was allowed by an impugned order dated 25-02-2014.

He contended that in a very diabolical manner, petitioners were also unlawfully locked into their rooms and ultimately petitioner No 1 was recovered on a habeas corpus petition through a bailiff of Sessions Court.

"As if this was not enough, the respondents also registered FIR 134/2014 U/S 452/506 PPC at Police Station Sabzi Mandi," he maintained.

He argued that the impugned order of trial dated 25 February is arbitrary, unlawful, without jurisdiction and thus not tenable in the eyes of law.

The counsel was of the view that the impugned orders are against law, violative of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution as enshrined in Articles 4, 5, 9, 18 and 25 and are thus nullity in the eyes of law.

He said that instead of treating their students with patience and parental kindness, respondents have resorted to very cruel and most ignominious methods, which could not be expected from the management of a university enjoying an international repute.

He maintained that punishment imposed on petitioners has practically doomed the career of the petitioners and is therefore excessive, harsh, unreasonable and against the established norms of corporate learning.

Therefore, he prayed to the court that in the light of the submissions, it is humbly requested that upon acceptance of this revision, the impugned order dated 25-02-2014 may graciously be set aside and order dated 06-02-2014 passed by the trial court may graciously be restored.

Meanwhile, the court of additional district and sessions judge Muhammad Jehangir Awan deferred the hearing of application of Section 22-A moved by the students for registration of case against the university officials till today.