RE - A large number of female students of Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) blocked The Mall and staged a six hours long sit-in in favour of their demands on Thursday.
The students chanted slogans against government and health officials for not cancelling affiliation of FJMC with University of Health Sciences (UHS). They protested from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and the traffic remained blocked during this time. No government representative could convince the students to end their protest. The students were of the view they would continue their protest till the acceptance of their demands. At about 1:00 am parliamentarians Zeb Jaffer and Dr Farzana arrived there and asked the students to go to the Chief Minister House for dialogues with Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, senior advisor to the Punjab chief minister. The students first refused to hold dialogues with any politician but the chief minister and later agreed to go with them.
Five girls visited the Chief Minister House where apart from Zulfiqar Khosa, other parliamentarians including Dr Asad Ashraf, Tanveer Asharaf Kaira, Mohsin Latif, Orthopaedist Dr Amir Aziz, VC UHS Dr Mubashir, Additional Secretary Health Dr Abdullah Sunbal and others were also present.
On their return, they informed their class fellows that their demands were turned down by the committee members and their attitude towards students was also unfair.
The committee members said it was childish of them and warned that in this way their problem would not be solved. After the dialogues, Zeb Jaffer talking to reporters said attitude of the committee members was very polite and they behaved with the students like their daughters. She said the committee members assured that the students who got admission in FJMC during its affiliation with Punjab University would be awarded degrees by the said university while those who had taken admission after announcement of its affiliation with UHS would be given degree through UHS.
However, the students said no such promise was made during dialogues rather they were asked to come today (Friday) at 3:00 pm with all relevant documents to have meeting with the committee members again on the basis of which the committee would forward their case to the chief minister.
It is pertinent to mention that the students were protesting in favour of their demands for the last one month but the Punjab government was unmoved over the issue.
Now the students have pledged they would continue their protest till acceptance of their demands.