Students block road to protest loadshedding

PESHAWAR: Students of the University of Peshawar (UoP) here Wednesday staged a protest at the campus against unscheduled power outages and blocked the main Jamrud Road for more than two hours.

The students belonging to various student organisations chanted slogans against the government and the university administration. A heavy contingent of police was also deployed to avert any untoward incident. However, contrary to their routine, the police did not resort to teargas or baton-charge to disperse the protesting students. The students stayed on the main road for two hours despite the scorching heat and blocked traffic.

UoP Registrar Dr Syed Fazle Hadi reached there and assured the students to install generators in the university within two days. After his assurance, the students dispersed peacefully. The protesting students complained that owing to the frequent loadshedding their precious time was being wasted. They said that their annual examination would be held in June but they could not prepare for it due to loadshedding. They said that if the university administration was unable to mount pressure on the government and the Wapda to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the campus, they should make alternative arrangements for the hostels and the departments so that they could study in peace.

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