At Ghazi University in Dera Ghazi Khan, students have levelled accusations against the administration for allegedly restricting academic freedom.
The Baloch Students Action Committee (BSAC) reports that the university recently prohibited students from bringing non-curricular books to campus, effectively preventing them from setting up a book stall—an initiative aimed at fostering an academic and literary culture.
These accusations are part of wider grievances, including claims that the university is imposing restrictions on study circles, student unions, and other academic activities. Last year, eight students were reportedly expelled for their involvement in such study circles, an action that has heightened current student grievances.
In response to what they perceive as authoritarian policies, the BSAC has announced plans to set up a book stall on campus again on Tuesday, November 7, calling for support from students and faculty. They have indicated their readiness to protest peacefully should they encounter any opposition.
The administration’s purported actions, which students equate with a stifling of educational development, have led to a significant decrease in admissions, according to the student body. They demand an immediate cessation of what they describe as harassment by security staff and a restoration of a conducive academic atmosphere.
As of this writing, officials from Ghazi University have not issued a public statement regarding these accusations. The situation has gained traction on social media and draws parallels to similar concerns at Turbat University, indicating a potential broader regional issue concerning academic freedom.