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Pakistani students are angry at police brutality. And people slam Imran Khan online

Students have alleged that medical entrance exam paper had out of syllabus questions. They have demanded an inquiry into irregularities.

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New Delhi: Pakistani aspirants in Quetta who were appearing for medical exams had two complaints — the online questions were out of course and many who are yet to take the test have been failed. When they protested this at Edhi Chowk in Quetta, they got brutally lathi- charged by the police. Now that has become the students’ third complaint that is snowballing into giant online anger against Prime minister Imran Khan’s government. Hashtags such as #ShameOnQuettaPolice #shameonpmc #werejecttepsmdcatkey are targeting Imran Khan and his promise of Naya Pakistan. 300 seats of the Bolan Medical College were up for grabs.

Dawn reported that more than 50 students were taken into custody Wednesday and many more injured.

“The candidates who are yet to appear in some papers for the online test have also been declared ‘fail’ without giving them the chance even to appear in those papers,” said Haseebullah Baloch, Chairman of the Students Action Committee.

Baloch has demanded inquiry into these alleged irregularities and said the future of hundreds of students of Balochistan was at stake.

These protests and the subsequent police action brought Twitter to a boil in Pakistan with many tweeting against Imran Khan, his party and the country’s medical regulatory body, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC). People questioned Khan’s Naya Pakistan.

Rejecting the PMC, an account said: “stop playing with the future of Pakistan”.

Even a Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) supporter came forward to criticise the PMC.

Then there were those who called out Imran Khan for “destroying the field of medicine” by appointing a corrupt man to head the PMC.

Many posted pictures of injured students with their clothes stained in blood, after the police crackdown.

Some even used Bollywood memes to convey their displeasure of the PMC.

Twitter was full of posts of students who had been injured. Many had bloodstained-bandaged heads due to the ‘torture by Balochistan Police’. Videos from the protest show the Balochistan Police shoving students into police vans.

One even questioned if this violence by the Pakistan police was so-called ‘Riyasat-e-Madina’— a welfare state?

Following police action, many students held a sit-in before the Quetta Press Club. They said they would continue to agitate till their demands were not accepted and also sought action against police brutality.

Some students tried marching towards the ‘Red Zone’ where offices of the civil secretariat and houses of the chief minister and governor are located, but were stopped by the authorities.

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