Protests at LUMS…

Right now, quite a few members of the LUMS faculty are being detained at the Kot Lakhpat Jail – and the reason for their arrest? Peaceful protests! Are these the ‘terrorists’ that the military dictator mentioned in his lousy speech?

The role of the students and teachers has been pivotal in getting rid of dictators in the past. And at this yet another critical juncture of our history, it is extremely important that the students of various colleges and universities show their resentment at the declaration of emergency by taking out massive peaceful rallies. Yesterday, the students of LUMS took out a protest rally against the illegal actions of the Government. I hope others will hold similar rallies in their universities in order to kick-start nation-wide protests!

12 Comments so far

  1. PatExpat (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    The funny things in all this episode is that Musharraf claimed that he imposed emergency so that he can curtail right wing extremist activities and eliminate elements causing them.

    However, so far, he has only terrorised, baton charged, arrested the liberals and left leaning elements.


  2. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    @PATEXPAT

    Not just leaving , traded Arrested Talibans for captured Pak Army soldiers ? and then blame judges that they released terrorist when state was not able to provide any evidence.


  3. libertarian (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    thanks for the post…
    just coming from the karachi metroblogs(originally from karachi) where some posts brought me to tears …when they would suggest that what this country needs is a “danda”….now we have degraded ourselves to cattle…came here to rejuvenate my spirits….atleast some pakistanis feel the same way I do…..now I shall go back to fight my battle of changing the minds…wish I could join the people on the street ….damn if I could be in Pakistan……


  4. Julien Pain (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    Hi,
    I’m a journalist at France24.
    I’d like to know who shot that video.
    Could you contact me via e-mail?
    Julien


  5. Babar (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    They should also go on streets rather than confing to campus. (or did they?)
    Thats exactly what I was telling my coleagues that he told the ambassodars that its for terrorism but he is rounding up the liberals and secularists. The answer I got was that the world is not that stupid, so dont worry about it.


  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    @V: Thanks for sharing. It really raises our spirits…


  7. Shahina (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

    I’m a Pakka Pakistani and a Lahoreits, I want to request all the students in Punjab and all over Pakistan not to play at the hands of the politicians, who are sitting in the back ground and inticing the innocent students. They’re just taking advantage of your youth, stamina, velnerbility and numbers.
    If you don’t agree with the present action then please wear a black ribbon as an educated protest but don’t allow the politicians to play with your future I know of many children who have lost their future to a little bit of thrill. Don’t succum to it. You want to be counted, then be counted differently and show the Government as well as the politicians that you’re neither the hippi generation or the sinheads generation, that you are a smarter generation and YOU will not be taken advantage of, you are the youth of today who are much smarter and wiser than two prior generations. So STAND UP and BE COUNTED AS THE NEW GENERATION THE NEXT GENERATION.


  8. V (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

    @Libertarian: Don’t lose hope… we might be down but we’re definitely not out! Keep your spirits high and do whatever you can in your capacity to help the cause.

    @Julien Pain: I’ll contact you tonight.

    @Shahina: You have valid points. That is why we’re emphasizing on ‘peaceful protests’ – the idea is to show numbers, but you see, the problem is that the government isn’t even letting people protest peacefully. The lawyers have always protested peacefully and I’m sure you’ve seen how brutally they were beaten up.


  9. babar (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

    @Shaheena Bravo dear. thanks for giving a lesson of cowardice in the name of saving “your future” to the youth of Pakistan. I wish you had been outside of Pakistan to see we already have the most muted and selfish youth around in the world. So hold your sermons, and let the few who dare to care for “the future of country”.


  10. TREETOP (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 1:39 am

    Musharraf says after me the deluge.Indian intelligence says mush is a high-risk gambler with the luck of a devil.I say he is running out of luck and will be out in three months.Anybody wants to bet.


  11. Dj (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

    i really thought that nobody woud dare to come out of their house ….as our nation has become selfish …..

    But hands off to u guys ……feeling real proud of you guys ….i dont really have words….atlast people are getting aware that its their country ….y depend upon America to solve our bloody problems….we can actually kick Musharafs ass real hard by ourselves……


  12. Dj (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

    i really thought that nobody woud dare to come out of their house ….as our nation has become selfish …..

    But hands off to u guys ……feeling real proud of you guys ….i dont really have words….atlast people are getting aware that its their country ….y depend upon America to solve our bloody problems….we can actually kick Musharafs ass real hard by ourselves……



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