PU witnesses largest ever anti-jamiat protests

In a striking series of events following IJT’s betrayal, manhandling of Imran Khan and him being arrested earlier this Wednesday, students of the Punjab University turned out in huge numbers to protest against Jamiat and its horrendous acts.

The situation at the University’s New Campus started to develop at around 11:00 AM when students from the University’s Law College, Institute of Communication Studies, IBA, and adjacent institutes started a march to protest Jamiat’s role in Imran Khan’s arrest by proceeding from one department to another, gathering more people with them. In no time, the youthful crowd had grown to more than 200 people, mainly from the departments where Jamiat traditionally has little or no presence.

After doing a round of the English, Psychology Departments, Institute of Business & Information Technology (IBIT) and IAS, a fully charged group of now more than 400 students marched towards the Hailey College of Commerce, which is usually considered to be a stronghold of IJT activities. Many of the participants chanted slogans against the IJT, its mother party, the JUI and their leaders while showing full support to Imran Khan and his struggle to restore democracy in Pakistan.

As soon as the students reached Law College, a dramatic increase in numbers resulted by law students joining in hordes made this a rally of over 1,000 participants; all students; all apolitical; all having no backing of any puppet party and consisting only of willing participants, both male and female, holding play cards and shouting against IJT as loud as they could.

The ever-increasing crowd of more than 1,500 participants, now, proceeded towards the more IJT influenced parts of the university including the Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Geology departments (IJT’s office at Geology Department was slightly damaged by the students), CHEPS and the main building near Faisal Auditorium.

Proceeding towards the University Hostels via Chemical Engineering Underpass, the number of protesting students had by now grown to 2,000+, all marching rather peacefully through the hostel buildings and returning back to the main campus near Hailey College of Commerce.

At the end of the day, eye-witnesses have put the approximate figure of protestors at about 2,500 to 3,000 students making this the largest-ever anti-IJT protest in Punjab University’s history as well as the biggest post-emergency apolitical rally of students in Pakistan!

For those who do not know, Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), is the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JUI), and is quite well known for its hard-line approach to religion and politics. IJT has been involved in several violent acts and used to have a strong presence in public educational institutions of Pakistan.

30 Comments so far

  1. Bilal Rashid (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    this needed to be done a long time ago .. i think Imran Khan’s arrest has triggered a spark that will go a long way … Viva La Resistance !!!


  2. Kads (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

    Excellent !!!!!

    Now these are the students we are proud off. The ones who stand up for justice and dont give 2 hoots about musharraf or his cronies in government! Kudos to the boys and girls who participated. Keep it up.


  3. Babar (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

    This is quite heartening and refreshing though bit surprising. I had never seen a protest against Jamiat in PU except by girls, and even then their fellow male departement coleagues were picked up by Jamiat. It seems like the situation in the country has emblondened the students to confront all kinds of oppression , be it be from a political group.
    Strangely, Imran who has always supported JI happened to be the trigger for this. Thanks Khan sahib.


  4. Neena (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

    I believe Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) is a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

    You should add how they play moral police role just like Lal Masjid guys n gals were doing.


  5. rafik (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    well done imran khan,we salute you here in south africa.have the foresight to ignore the ijt,
    and continue the struggle.


  6. rafik (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    well done imran khan,we salute you here in south africa.have the foresight to ignore the ijt,
    and continue the struggle.


  7. Mz (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

    I want to congratulate the students of Punjab University for finally taking a brave stand against Jamiat. I was lucky enough to attend the protest and the atmosphere of the protest was electrifying. There were thousands of students – including hunderds of female students – who were chanting ‘Go Jamiat Go’.

    This protest should send a clear message to Dr. Arif Butt ( a known IJT sympathizer and former member) that the students will not tolerate the BS of Jamiat and will not be terrorized.


  8. suh (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    i am no supporter of imran khan, but am suprised to see that jamiat has such a strong hold in pakistans biggest university, they should have surly been wiped out.
    what were the students doing there before?


  9. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    nice one – this was also much needed.


  10. suh (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    i am no supporter of imran khan, but am suprised to see that jamiat has such a strong hold in pakistans biggest university, they should have surly been wiped out.
    what were the students doing there before?


  11. suh (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    i am no supporter of imran khan, but am suprised to see that jamiat has such a strong hold in pakistans biggest university, they should have surly been wiped out.
    what were the students doing there before?


  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    SUH,

    and I am surprised you didn’t know this at all?

    IJT-Haqiqi which is also known as MQM in Karachi has same extremist status in Karachi’s educational institutes.


  13. AAMIR (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:19 am

    ADNAN dont try to spew you poison in this forum too. I dont know what is your agenda, but I have seen you singing praise of Jamaat and Jamiat. Take your dis-information campaign some where else. Your comments are in extremely bad taste and out of scope.


  14. Samurai Zauq (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    Khan Sahib is a brave men, he challenges MQM thugs, and walks into Jamati strong holds, and faces Michael Holding without any hesitation.

    Shame on Jamatis.

    O the same note, Musharraf Sahib has to go, he has served the country well, we admire his bravery too. But now go retire in California.


  15. Samurai Zauq (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:25 am

    Khan Sahib is a brave men, he challenges MQM thugs, and walks into Jamati strong holds, and faces Michael Holding without any hesitation.

    Shame on Jamatis.

    O the same note, Musharraf Sahib has to go, he has served the country well, we admire his bravery too. But now go retire in California.


  16. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    @Samurai Zauq:

    Why not in Arizona? or for that matter Alabama? 8P


  17. KAMI (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    SAMURAI ZAUQ But he doesn’t seem to have the ability to distinguish between friends and foes. A man is known by the company he keeps, and the company he has been keeping has brought this disgrace.
    Right now by the looks of it Mush is the only person who knows what he is doing, takes responsibility for his actions and admits his mistakes.

    Also, isn’t it a quality of a leader to choose the right friends and fight the right enemies? Haven’t Imran Khan somehow overlooked this trait?


  18. exciton (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    What do you expect from a terrorist organization filled with fanatics — IJT?!

    This was just a routine display of their established terror tactics. IJT has been in power in Punjab University for a very long time. Their students are involved in criminal activities like murder, robbery, racketeering and most significantly terror tactics like threatening the life and liberty of political opponents and other students. Their “ghundas” are actually professional thugs who basically have remained at the university campus for years as students, earning their living through a life of crime and terror.

    The irony is that Jamaat is involved in every serious crime within the university, including aiding and abetting mass cheating during university examinations. But these self-righteous hypocrites turn into “solemn soldiers of God” when it comes to the issues of music and women on the campus. On these and other issues they have terrorized the academic (student and teachers) community by their strong arm tactics; they have threatened, physically and verbally abused and humiliated both male and female students and teachers of the institution over the years. As recently as earlier this year.

    They usually seek and warrant a complete and unconditional submission to the will of their nazim-e-aala — fascism plain and simple. If you cross them you are (in some cases) marked for death. This is a domestic terrorist organization clear and simple.

    The single greatest service to the cause of higher education within Pakistan would be to do a nationwide purge of IJT and similar student-terrorist organizations from our institutions of higher learning.


  19. Babar (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 6:16 am

    @ Kami, are you from an army family? I seriously want to understand your position that’s why I am asking.


  20. KHAN (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 8:01 am

    I agree with Kami… Imran khan is not a innocent boy,and noway does he deserve to rule pakistan but he was trying to put same live in student protest and get rid of the bigger devil musharraf. Which was very conveniently sabotaged by these ha**m* Molvies. Liaquat bloch is reponsible for all this, he is more with fazlur rehman then Qazi hussain. There r reports of a split in JI too and qazi h*ra*i is not any more in control.People like Liaquat bloch n fareed paracha r calling all the shots.(with the help of H***** #1 fazulur rehman)


  21. Fahad (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 11:09 am

    Imran Khan is the only patriotic leader left.

    God save Imran Khan and Pakistan.


  22. Ali Rashid (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    Yar Its really shameful that Students who were with Imran that day Stood Silent that Day.
    Nobody had the guts to stand up to them..

    Shame on All of us!!
    feeling So lo!


  23. HASSAN AHMED SHAHEEN (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    em a student ov PU….n i luv d way awl d studentz gatehred 2gether 2 show d hate 4 jamiat..n thanx mr. kahn..ur arrest triggerred d hatred 4 jamiat in PU studentz..thank god..finally we studentz of PU are out against d demons in a united form..having NO political leader…..datz d biggest thng…all r jus studentz….stay kewl…luv u all


  24. Zeeshan (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    I have studied in Punjab university new campus and its very to my resident as well. I have seen many of these so called student of IJT during my stay there. They are bunch of loosers and thugs and killers and none other then terrorist. Should have been banned long time ago. We need modern, progressive pakistan not IJT like guys terrorising girls and boys in university.


  25. KAMI (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

    BABAR to answere your question NO. Nobody in my family has been in the army and by the looks of it nobody will and please don’t catagorize me as Musharraf lover either.
    I am way past my student years and witness to a lot of events, this country has gone through. I have replied to you in detail in “too little, too late” post in the same blog.


  26. Momekh (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    Almost all of the ‘young’ lot here supports Imran Khan. And for the right reasons, no doubt!
    But will we be out on voting day, when our support really matters!?!?
    I hope we do get out in numbers (this is with the assumption that there is an election in the coming 10 years when the youth of today can qualify as youth!! hy hyyy!!)

    a lot of exclamation marks in this comment, no? :)


  27. IMRAN (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

    IMRAN KHAN IS OUR NATIONAL HERO AND HE IS THE MAN WHICH SHOULD BE THE LEADER OF PAKISTAN.


  28. zafar khan (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 6:29 am

    This is really heartening news that students of PU have challenged the”dictatorship” of so called Islamists,however,i hope they ll concentrate “big evil”-Mushraff regime.
    The student community of Pakistan,including from Punjab university should consider that their contribution in current aggitation aginst Mushraff rule is very low ,comparing the role of students in former anti Martial law movments.


  29. frank malik (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    the janiat has destroyed the university of punjab thereby giving the rise to the punjab university in india…….ghunda gardi,ban on activities and pandoo culture dimished the image of this beautifull university since 1980s ….the general zia ul haq who was so-called guardian of jamat i islami and their child jamiat destroyed this image of punjab university…….these are always under fear of losing the political nursury if boys and girls sit togather in cafeterai…….punjab university should be reserved for lahorians only


  30. SELF (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 2:59 am

    Even Qazi Hussein Ahamd blaming Jamiat for ghundagardee in PU;

    http://tinyurl.com/2zkl35

    In his words, “Jamiat should not be daroga of PU”

    jin pay takkiyya tha wohee patay hawa denay lagay :P



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