Pakistan: Ethnic violence now a threat in colleges

BIEK Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai said the territorial division of the city on ethnic or linguistic basis was creating problems for a common man. Over the last few years, a number of areas have been declared no-go areas for people different ethnic groups, he said, adding this territorial division also affected education sector.

Ethnic violence in the city is likely to sabotage the working of Centralized Admission Policy (CAP), the authority that grants admission to students in government colleges of the city, as the students of various ethnic groups are not ready to go to colleges situated in the areas of opponent groups, it has been learnt reliably.

The situation aroused after territorial divisions in the metropolis on the basis of ethnicity. Teenagers have fear in their minds after a couple of violent incidents happened in parts of city during the last few months. However, the Sindh director general (DG) colleges is saying sorry to the students willing to get admissions in public sector colleges of the city and has shown his helplessness over concerns of students of various ethnic groups.

Talking to Pakistan Today, ex-Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) President Ismail Mehsud said that some of the government colleges in the metropolis have become no-go areas for Pakhtun students. “The Pakhtun students avoid taking admissions in colleges situated in Urdu-speaking majority areas and if they get admissions as per criteria of CAP, their parents do not allow them to go college,” he added.


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