Islamabad - Scores of students along with their parents and office-bearers of teachers associations gathered in front of three colleges here on Wednesday and demanded reopening of their respective educational institutions.

The students along with others converged in front of Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), H-9, IMCB, F-8/4, and Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-7/2, to protest long closure of their institutions.

Thousands of policemen from different areas of the country have been living in around nine schools and colleges since the first week of August last. They were brought in by the government to control anti-government protests of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT).

The students chanted ‘go police go’ and ‘vacate our colleges’ slogans in front of their respective institutions. The parents expressed deep concern over their children’s studies and said that their children have been languishing at home for the past four months at a crucial time of their academic session. The students are worried about their studies because very precious time has been wasted so far.

Nearly 50 students and their parents protested in front of IMCG, F-7/2, against the delay in reopening of schools.

“The F-7/2 college is a meritorious institute and its students usually aspire for becoming doctors and engineers; however, now due to this situation their hopes are being dashed and their frustration is on the rise,” said Rajab Ali, one of the protesting fathers.

“I now regret why I enrolled my daughter in this institute when I can afford a private institute,” he added. The parents and students appealed to the prime minister to take notice of the issue and help restart classes in the occupied institutions.

The infrastructure of occupied institutions is being damaged and cops are residing even in laboratories, lamented Tahir Bhatti, joint secretary of Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA). “They have been burning furniture to make tea and above all the Islamabad capital territory (ICT) administration has refused to pay electricity bills that have increased manifolds due to usage of electric appliances round the clock,” he added.

“We have given an ultimatum to the government to move police to some inhabitable place or else we all along with the students of opened schools would stage a sit-in at D-Chowk along with PTI and PAT protesters,” warned some parents.

Currently, around nine schools and colleges are still under-occupation of the police wherein no classes are being held, officials say.

Around 20,000 policemen were residing in 19 institutions; however cops have been shifted from 10 institutions to a polytechnic institute in Bara Kahu. The ICT administration has refused to shift the remaining cops, saying that it does not have any alternate place to accommodate them, said the official.

Earlier, over 30,000 security personnel, who had been called in the federal capital to control security situation in the wake of ongoing sit-ins, were accommodated in nearly fifty-seven schools.