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Federal Urdu University imposes ban on student organisations with immediate effect

Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology (FUAAST), Karachi has imposed a ban on student organisations with immediate effect.

The interim registrar of the varsity in a notification issued on May 22, warned students of immediate cancellation of admissions over non-compliance.

“Student organisations have been banned from organising any genre of educational and non-educational activities at the FUAAST,” the notification read.

Reacting to the development, Student organisations, including the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) and Peoples Student Federation (PSF) have expressed their concerns.

Pakistan has over 58 student organisations, 30 of them connected with either political, ethnic, or religious parties. Still, they have no legal status on campuses and are not represented in the decision-making bodies of university administrations.

It is pertinent to mention here that on 11 February 2022, Sindh province sanctioned the revival of student unions by passing a “landmark bill”, which lifted a ban on student bodies that was imposed across the country by a former military ruler Gen. Muhammad Ziaul Haq 38 years ago.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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