The BUITMS deadlock
The deadlock at the Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITMS) continued on Friday as Balochistan Governor and University Chancellor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi refused to concede to the students’ demand of replacing open merit with a district-based quota system. Hundreds of students from the BUITMS boycotted their classes and took out a protest rally from the Quetta Press Club, which culminated in a sit-in in front of Governor’s House. The students shouted slogans against the governor and the open merit policy at the university, arguing that the current admission policy favoured the non-Baloch ethnic communities.
They criticised the vice chancellor of the BUITMS and added that if the doors of the BUITMS were closed for the Baloch students they would not allow the non-Baloch to study there either.
Representatives of the governor asked the protesters to send four of their representatives inside Governor’s House for talks, but the students demanded the governor to come out of his residence and make his stance clear in front of everyone. Magsi gave in to the demands and rally organiser Qambar Baloch informed him that the students had been struggling to get the admission policy changed for past many months.
When their demands were rejected, the students announced an unto death hunger strike in front of the Quetta Press Club. Magsi said he had already formed a committee consisting of all political parties, which would meet in the next 15-20 days to discuss the matter.