The Baloch Students Council (BSC) said in a media statement that the Baloch students are being deprived of education. The Council strongly condemned the reduction of seats of the students of Balochistan in the academic institutions of Punjab and Balochistan, calling it out an act of “animosity” against education.
BSC said that Balochistan is the most backward province in terms of education where barely 2% of the students make their way through higher education. But unfortunately, even this minor faction of the Baloch students is being deprived of education.
The BSC spokesperson said that the ban on the admission of Baloch students in the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the reduction of the quota of Baloch students in Bolan Medical College and the significant reduction of the medical seats of the HSC is the continuation of “atrocities” against the Baloch students that have been in effect for decades.
He said that for the past several decades, some elements have been employing strategies to distance Baloch students from higher education. Baloch students are frequently found on the roads, protesting to save their careers. He said that the Baloch students had recently launched a long march against the termination of the scholarships for the students of Balochistan in the Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan and successfully reinstated the designated quota. But the administration is once again forcing the students to take to the roads by shutting the doors of education on them.
The BSC spokesperson requested the federal government and the governments of Punjab and Balochistan to resolve the issue of the quota of Baloch students in the Islamiya University Bahawalpur and Bolan Medical College, and restore the HSC medical seats. If the authorities failed to seriously consider these issues, he said, we will be forced to take to the roads in protest.