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Examination: Students of Class 9 were in the college at the time, sitting for their annual mathematics examination. Hearing the gunshots, they panicked and the teachers locked the classroom doors. The students were given 15 extra minutes at the end to complete their papers. Many terrified parents also reached the college after getting the news of the firing.

Rizwan, a student, said he had not done his paper very well. He said, "The gunshots frightened all of us. How could we concentrate on the paper when guns were being fired outside."

Shafqat Butt, superintendent of the exam centre, said, "The situation was very frightening, but we told all the students to keep sitting and not to panic."

Hadia, a student of MA Mass Communication at MAO college, said, "Hundreds of students are studying at MAO college because they think it has a peaceful atmosphere, but the environment has been tense since the ban on student unions was lifted." She added that Monday's events were "horrifying". Irum, another student, said that when she reached the college, all she could hear were gunshots. She said she also saw police officials viewing the scene as spectators and doing nothing.

PMLN Additional Information Secretary Naeem Munir said he had also witnessed the incident. He said that neither the MSF nor MSF-Q had any links with the "drama" at the college. He said the PML-N did not support criminals. However, he said, the PML-N favoured the decision to lift the ban on students unions, but only if there is a strict code of conduct for them.

Opposition leader in the Provincial Assembly Chaudhry Raheel, a leader of the PML-Q, also denied any links with the two groups that "created the scene" at the MAO College. He said his party was against student unions and "would never protect them". Islampura Police has have registered a case against dozens of students. Daily Times


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