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Senate summons higher education minister over students clash

Senate summons higher education minister over students clash

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Nov 18, 2018 - 19:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon on Sunday summoned the higher educationinfo-icon minister over a recent violent clash on the Kabul University campus, in which one student was killed and two others wounded.

The Senate decided to summon the higher education minister after some lawmakers said raising ethnic, linguistic and religious prejudices in educational institutions was unacceptable and urged its prevention.

On Thursday, two groups of students clashed on the Kabul University campus due to an argument over insecurity in Malistan and Jaghori districts of southern Ghazni province.

One person was killed and two others wounded in the clash, but their identities remained unknown. Police have arrested 35 persons.

Senator Gul Ahmad Azimi from western Farah province said ethnic, linguistic religious prejudices in educational field were not acceptable and universities and other institutions should prevent this culture.

He accused regional intelligence circles of fueling ethnic and religious differences in Afghanistaninfo-icon and claimed regional intelligence services were behind the Kabul University quarrel.

Samangan Representative Safiullah Hashimi termed the Kabul University clash as unfortunate and said the higher education minister should be summoned to the house.

Other MPs also urged higher education minister Najibullah Khwaja Omari should be summoned to the Meshrano Jirga.

Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazel Hadi Muslimyar termed the issue as dangerous and said the incident needed to be probed.

In addition to the summoning of the minister, he said, a Senate delegation should investigate the incident.

The house then decided that the minister should appear before the upper house next week.

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