After a large detachment of riot police attempted to remove the institution’s building per court order, police in KARACHI used excessive force against students at Islamia College Complex.
The college administration refused to comply with court officials’ orders to remove the building and allegedly incited students to oppose the eviction.
According to the college’s principal, no court documents have been delivered.
“How can we vacate the building without a physical copy of the court order?” questioned the principal to Geo News.
The court officials subsequently requested the relevant police station to dispatch riot police.
The police deployed teargas and water cannon to disperse the students who were protesting the use of brute force by the police to remove the administration, faculty, and students of the college from the building complex.
The police stated they were simply on the spot to assist the court clerk. “By court order, we must transfer custody of the college building to the trustees, who just prevailed in a case against the illegal occupation of the building. The campus is located on private property.”
Later, the police dispersed the protesting students and arrested and detained around three of them at the police station.
At the time of the filing of this story, the police and bailiff authorities were talking with the college administration to find a way out.
The Islamia College, one of Pakistan’s oldest educational institutions, was nationalized under martial law laws in 1972, and since then, the Sindh education department has managed its operations.
The ground-plus-three-story Islamia College building complex is located in Jamshed Quarters. Before nationalization, the colleges and schools housed inside the complex were managed by the Islamic Education Trust.