Islamia University Bahawalpur: University administration and police accuse each other, inquiry committee formed

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In the drug case at Islamia University Bahawalpur, the university administration and Bahawalpur Police have started leveling accusations against each other.

Bahawalpur Police have arrested three officials of Islamia University in connection with a drug case, where the arrested officers were found in possession of crystal meth and mobile phones containing explicit videos and images of female students from the university.

According to the Baghdad Al-Jadeed Police Station, the Director of Finance Abu Bakr, Chief Security Officer Ijaz Shah, and Transport Incharge Muhammad Atif were arrested for possessing drugs and crystal meth. The police believe that more arrests are expected in connection with these serious charges.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Atta-ur-Rehman, and Legal Advisor have declared Bahawalpur Police’s actions as baseless and false.

Two days ago, the Vice-Chancellor had written a letter to the Inspector General of Police, requesting a comprehensive judicial inquiry into all aspects of the case.

On the other hand, Deputy Commissioner of Bahawalpur, Abbas Shah, has challenged the allegations against the university, stating that the police are not biased towards any organization. He asserted that any investigation, be it judicial, divisional, or provincial, will be conducted impartially.

The police claim that the arrested officials were involved in immoral activities, luring female students in the university with the promise of positions and higher grades in exchange for unethical demands.

The Deputy Inspector General stated that there are records of 113 students involved in drug usage in the university. He clarified that their target is drug dealers and users, not the university itself, and they are determined to tackle such issues.

He further mentioned that the police take action based on seized evidence. No cases of sexual harassment have been pursued by the police yet, but if a complaint is filed, they will initiate investigations and take appropriate action based on gathered evidence.

Protests are expected to take place at the University Chowk in Bahawalpur, organized by the Civil Society, including students and parents, against the university administration.

An inquiry committee consisting of three members, including the Secretary of Mines, IG Police, and DIG, has been formed by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, to investigate the incident thoroughly. The committee will examine all aspects of the incident and determine the involvement of the individuals in question.