Police use force against student protesters in Quetta

New Delhi, February 17 (IANS): Balochistan police beat up student protesters in Quetta who staged a protest for their rights to education, the Friday Times reported.

Medical students in Quetta have been staging a protest for more than 75 days and started a hunger strike last week.

Students are protesting against a decision by the Pakistan Medical Council (PMC) which invalidated many of the students’ medical degrees. PMC had added a requirement for additional testing for some medical colleges in Balochistan, which students said was an attempt to “blacklist” medical colleges in the province, according to the report.

“600 students from three medical colleges in Balochistan have been protesting against the PMC’s decision to hold a special examination for 73 days, but no one has listened to them,” a leader of the Baloch Student Action Committee (BSAC) said during a meeting. an earlier event.

In response to the incident, Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman Baloch, who led the sit-in “Gwadar ko haq do” (Give rights to Gwadar) late last year, condemned the violence and shared a video of the alleged clash, calling for a stop to the abuse.

In solidarity with the students, former Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani said on Tuesday he would join the students if the PMC failed to address their grievances. He appeared at a meeting with the PMC to discuss the issue, along with Baluchistan Health Secretary Noor ul Haq Baloch and heads of medical colleges in the province, according to the report.

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