*Live Campus Updates* – Protest by Students of FAST – NU, Lahore, Pakistan.


November 2007
14:23hrs: Police at FAST-Lahore
14:45hrs: One protesting student arrested by Police.
14:52hrs: Gates closed, seems like students are being dispersed.
14:59hrs: Police raided inside the Campus. 3 Arrested.
15.04hrs: Campus surrounded well. No one can come in or go out!
15:19hrs: Devestated by the situation. Students are trying to reach GEO and ARY news channels.
15:29hrs: Photos are being taken by the students ’emselves. GEO and ARY teams are approaching soon.
15:49hrs: Student arrested. Reported as beaten by the Police.
15:53hrs: Police released 3 students arrested earlier. Faculty members and former University Directors are out there with the studnets.
16:17hrs: Female Students are allowed to go. One boy remained in custody for some time.
16:19hrs: Cops allowing Female students to leave. One of current permanent faculty of FAST has burst with harsh tone, protesting against Musharraf’s policies and unsolicited steps.
16:26hrs: Policemen gone. Students were addressed by faculty.
16:44hrs: Peaceful protest ended, peacefully. Patience of Faculty Members, Students and Police Management (as they haven’t been seen ‘that’ brutal and released the students) is commendable. Some more updates by the students.
16:45hrs: “Do not participate in the protest! we will not delay exams– mids or finals and will not give any holidays so concentrate on ur studies!” – Campus Admin urged responsibly.
17:06hrs: Protest Plan of Friday will be announced later. There were at least FIVE faculty members including Senior Professors were taking part. Arrested guy was not among protestors! (See details).


[09/07 – 14:23hrs]
Around one hundred students gathered at the gate of FAST, Lahore along with a few faculty members for a peaceful protest against emergency. Police, after getting this information and expecting that this crowd will grow large in numbers and will be heading to somewhere , reached the campus. Seeing the police, all the protectors moved into the campus through the gate. The police later closed the gates of FAST and is still there monitoring the situation though the purpose was just to show a peaceful protest and it was totally an unplanned activity, the crowd was not heading anywhere other than to protest being there at the campus gate.

[09/07 – 14:45hrs]
Adding more, Police has arrested one of the students who was protesting!

[09/07 – 14:52hrs]
The students had *already* dispersed *peacefully* when the police closed the gates

[09/07 – 14:59hrs]
Update: Police entered into the campus and arrested 3 guys. They have surrounded the campus.

[09/07 – 15:04hrs]
The campus has been surrounded no one can come in and no one can go out.

[09/07 – 15:19hrs]
GEO and ARY are being called to cover FAST by a student! (Students are crossing their fingers as to see ‘What happens now…’

[09/07 – 15:29hrs]
Update: ARY and GEO has been called though not yet reached the campus. Photos and videos are been taken and will be published today later. The police is till in the campus, surrounding it and some of them inside the campus. Students are urging if any contacts on AAJ TV Network will be appreciated.

Does the fact that Waseem Sajjad is the Chancellor and Musharraf is the Patron of this University make people stop? NO !

[09/07 – 15:49hrs]
A student has been beaten by the police.

[09/07 – 15:53hrs]
Update: Police has released the three guys arrested earlier but are still inside the campus insisting that the guys who were holding the placards, charts etc should be handed over to police’s custody. The atmosphere is quite tense a the campus. Other faculty members are out there with the students.

[09/07 – 16:17hrs]
Female students have been allowed to go but not the male students yet. A student of Sahics’06 batch, was taken in custody for some time.

[09/07 – 16:19hrs]
Update: The cops are allowing the females students to move out of the campus. The guy who was beaten up by the police is still in their custody. The police is not moving away thinking if they will move, it might turn out to be a large-scale protest. A Faculty member, has talked to the police in quite a harsh tone and openly blamed Mush.

[09/07 – 16:22hrs]
First Amateur Video Released on Youtube – http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=EigEkmX8kX4

(A guy of Sahics ’02 batch) managed to capture that video, though it depicts the situation after the protest.

[09/07 – 16:26hrs]
Update: All policemen have gone. Students were addressed by faculty members.

[09/07 – 16:44hrs]
Update: Police forced the university administration to ask the students to disperse. Admin along with a faculty member talked to the students and advised them to get dispersed and move to homes in groups.

The cops have been insisting that those guys holding placards should be handed over to them during their talks with the faculty. The faculty refused to do so and the placards had been already hide. Since, It wasn’t a planned protest and the students themselves had dispersed earlier when the police arrived, now after the advice of the faculty member, the students are moving homes. The cops have left the campus but some of them still waiting outside the campus.

The idea was just to show a peaceful protest which has been successfully managed and has been made more successful with the intervention of cops!

[09/07 – 16:45hrs]
The campus admin also said that – “Do not participate in the protest! we will not delay exams– mids or finals and will not give any holidays so concentrate on ur studies!”. While the organizers say that The peaceful struggle will be continued!

[09/07 – 17:06hrs]
The number of faculty members taking part in the protest (which was planned about an hour before the protest, not even announced to all) was at least FIVE including senior professors. Protest plan of friday to be announced later.

PS: The arrested guy was released later. He was NOT from the protestors, he got arrested when he was told that ‘do not go out’ and he still tried to exit.

13 Comments so far

  1. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    any pictures, ask any one if she/he can MMS me or you so that we can publish it here.

    i herd same news from LUMS & LSE.

  2. V (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

    Good work Opee!

  3. A (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    Zabardast coverage opee, the funniest thing was when a huy said “tumhay lab ki parri hui hay” =))

  4. Fawad (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm


    we expected nothing like this from FAST university students..
    i want to say, that other FAST campus should also protest like this…
    and we condemn all this what they are doing with our brothers.

    Utho Bhaio Utho…..

    Take care
    ALLAH hafiz

  5. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    Go Musharraf GO
    Bravo FAST!! All student bodies are coming out!! Whats next after LUMS and FAST??

  6. hira khan (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    a very balanced reporting opee….. keep it up… One should not be biased… who knows if emergency really is the solution and need of the this very time…….

  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    @Haseeb: Pakistan’s largest educational institution, University of the Punjab is next. They are also planning a rally this friday.

  8. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:17 am

    LUMS and Lahore made each and every Pakistani Proud well done guys – our prayers are with you every step of the way

  9. V (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:45 am

    @Hasan: I hope the planned protest in PU remains peaceful – IJT’s track-record isn’t very clean y’know.

  10. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    Yeah, we hope that they stick to the point in protesting only against the present developments instead of dragging religion and the west in… :P

  11. lahore (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    i can suggest the more proper way to protest
    any one can lead this protest then i can guide more proper way for protest


  12. Rehan (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

    the role of student political groups in Pakistan has been not so Active they have there own party political aims.

    so the idea that university students all around the country should protest against the imposition of state of emergency in Pakistan.

  13. Jaafer Naqvi (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

    Salute all of you guys!

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