A Baloch student from Punjab University named Fareed Husain Baloch was arrested by police and plainclothesmen at the New Campus gate. The incident was recorded on CCTV and circulated on social media. In the footage, Fareed can be seen resisting arrest and trying to escape, but he was beaten and forcibly taken away by the police. The university security guards did not intervene during the arrest. The Baloch Council officials went to the Garden Town Police Station where Fareed was held, but the police did not provide any reason for his arrest and did not allow them to meet him. Concerns were raised that Fareed might be falsely implicated in a case. The arrest caused outrage on social media, with many condemning the abduction and calling for an end to harassment and enforced disappearances of students from different ethnic backgrounds. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan expressed deep concern about the harassment and intimidation of Pashtun and Baloch students by law enforcement personnel in Lahore. The police officials involved in the arrest were not available for comment. This incident highlights the vulnerability of students from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Punjab and the need to ensure equal educational opportunities without fear of harassment or disappearance.
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