After a week of turmoil, classes resume at Karachi’s Aisha Bawany college | Pakistan

A student enters the college on Friday morning. Photo: Geo News 

KARACHI: Students of Aisha Bawany Government College were over-joyed on Friday as classes resumed after authorities managed to have the institute’s gates opened on a court order. 

The Nazir of the Sindh High Court (SHC), along with police officers, broke open the welded gate of the institute amid cheers from students and teachers alike. 

Sindh Additional Advocate General Mustafa Mahesar, who was present on the site, termed the college’s opening a “victory of justice”. 

The SHC on Thursday had ordered the immediate opening of the institute.

The decision was taken by a two-member bench of the SHC and the court said the college should be opened till the final verdict is passed in the case.

Additionally, the court also instructed the concerned authorities to continue teaching activities at the educational institute.

Notices were also issued to IG Sindh, secretary education Aisha Bawany Trust and others in the case and a reply has been sought by September 25.

The college was closed earlier on September 15 after its trustees approached a lower court to seal the premises until its ownership is decided.

The government claims the trustees who allegedly own the school, want to use it for commercial purposes and thus approached a lower court to grant a stay on educational activity.

However, the school administration and government officials petitioned the SHC which ordered its reopening after suspending the lower court’s order.

Despite the SHC order, the college was not opened on September 18 and resulted in a protest by students accumulated outside and a scuffle between the education department staff and trustees.

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