• Sunday, March 26, 2023


Pakistan: Radical Islamic outfit stops Hindu university students from celebrating Holi, 15 injured in ruckus

Revelers play with ‘Gulal’, a coloured powder used in Holi celebrations, in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

At least 15 students from Pakistan’s minority Hindu community were on Monday (6) injured after members of a radical Islamic student organisation allegedly stopped them from celebrating Holi at the Punjab university premises in Lahore.

The incident took place at the Law College of Punjab University on Monday, when around 30 Hindu students gathered to celebrate the festival of colour to mark the onset of spring.

“As students gathered at the lawns of the law college, the Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) activists forcibly stopped them from celebrating Holi, which led to a clash resulting in injuries to 15 Hindu students,” Kashif Brohi, a university student and an eyewitness told the Press Trust of India.

They had taken a prior permission from the university administration, Brohi claimed.

Khet Kumar, who suffered injuries on his hand, said the university guards thrashed them when they held a demonstration outside the vice-chancellor’s (VC) office to protest the treatment meted out by IJT members.

“We have filed an application with the police against the IJT and the security guards involved in thrashing and torturing us, but FIR has not been registered as yet,” Kumar said.

When contacted by the PTI, IJT (Punjab University) spokesperson Ibrahim Shahid denied the involvement of its students in the incident.

“None of the students involved in a brawl with the Hindu students belong to the IJT,” he said and added the IJT organised ‘Quran Reading’ at the law college. Punjab University spokesman Khurram Shahzad told the PTI that the varsity administration had not given permission to the hold Holi celebrations at the lawns of the law college.

“There would not have been any problem had the celebrations were observed indoors,” he said.

Shahzad added the VC has ordered inquiry into the matter.


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