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QUETTA: Students of Bolan Medical University and Sciences have established a protest camp outside Balochistan Assembly to press the government for acceptance of their demands. The students have been protesting against the administration of university for last few months for reduction in scholarships and increase in fees.

Police arrested dozens of students who were trying to protest outside the assembly on Monday evening. However, arrested students were set free by the government late night. Apart from students, employees of the only medical university have also been protesting against the university administration and provincial government. “We oppose privatization of BMC”, Ehsanullah, a student of fourth year in medical tells Quetta Voice.

Police release over 100 students arrested near Balochistan Assembly

Balochistan government had upgraded the BMC college to university during Dr. Malik Baloch led government in the province during 2015. Earlier, as a college, the Balochistan government was dealing with administrative and financial issues of the college. However, with up gradation, the university is an autonomous body and makes its own decisions.

Repeated increase in fees, we cannot afford this, Ehsanullah laments.

Spokesman Government of Balochistan, Liaqat Shahwani also visited the protest camp of students and urged upon to end their protest. However, the protesting students refused to bring an end to their protest. The students spent a night outside the assembly and refused to end their protest despite repeated requests by the authorities.

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