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University of Balochistan (UoB) boys' hostel sealed after clashes

Quetta: Police and the management of the University of Balochistan (UoB) sealed boys' hostel on Wednesday after clashes broke out between Baloch and Pashtun students in the afternoon. The clashes injured at least 11 students from both sides, university officials confirmed.

According to the details, clashes between the students erupted at the university during a test of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) being conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS) for scholarships for Balochistan students at various universities of the country. After results were declared, both sides opened fire on each other, which injured several students. The testing agency instantly cancelled the test results on the spot without giving a new date for the tests.

A university official said that the boys' hostel had been shut temporarily and students had been asked to vacate the university dormitory in order to avoid further clashes. UoB Vice Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai convened an emergency meeting of the university administration to discuss the situation.

Nabi Baksh, a central member of the Baloch Students Organization (BSO), who was also injured in the clash, said they had stormed into the testing centre to protest the test results, which did not favour the Baloch students.

In the past, the Baloch students had demanded that scholarships should be offered on district-based open merit rather than open merit, which largely benefited the Pashtun and Punjabi students.
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