ISLAMABAD Panic gripped the Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Friday after an anonymous text message received by the professor and a student of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) department informed of expected explosions at the department and varsity bus stop. The message turned out to be a hoax, but nevertheless led to chaos and closure of the university. According to details, the Department Chairman of Defense and Strategic Studies Dr. Riffat Hussain and a student of the said department received text messages about tentative explosions at the university bus stop and the department due to a misperception that the department is an army-funded institution. The teaching blocks were immediately evacuated and students were asked to leave the university. No classes were held after that, and the administration shut down the university. Intensive searches were also carried out at different departments by officials of law enforcement agencies. In order to avoid mass gathering of the students, buses left the university from different points. When contacted, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr. Qasim Jan, declined to talk to TheNation. However, the administration issued no further orders about closure of the university, and according to different sources, the university would be reopened on Monday. We were busy in our studies as our sessional exams are starting from Monday when suddenly our fellow students asked us to leave the university due to security threats. Otherwise, we had plans of studying till the evening. The teachers and administration did not inform us of anything but instead were quick to leave the campus, a student informed. Regarding security measures at the campus, a senior faculty member said that that building a boundary wall and cordoning off the university is not possible as it is an open area, and villagers and people from other institutions like PIDE and SUPARCO use the university road whose movement cannot be blocked by boundary walls. The only way to ensure security is to ensure security at the entrance of the teaching blocks and to restrict the movements of irrelevant persons to the teaching blocks, he suggested.