Campus Report – Anti IJT protests continue

After thursday’s massive turnout of students, University of the Punjab New Campus, saw another huge rally against IJT and its activities this morning.

The origin was again the AJ Block (Anti-Jamiat Block – a cluster of departments with strong anti-jamiat sentiments including Law College, ICS, IBA, IAS and IBIT) from where students started a rally at around 9:30 AM and proceeded towards individual departments and institutes, instantly ballooning to a crowd of more than 1,000 students.

Way after they had left for a round of University’s other blocks, some Jamiat activists, around 50 of them, gathered in front of the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) to support Qazi’s call against emergency today. The jamiat gathering was a minnow as compared to the anti-jamiat rally and mainly consisted of IJT activists brought from outside the university.

Meanwhile, police authorities have blocked the canal road passing through New Campus (the section between Shah Di Khoie, Jinnah Hospital underpass upto the Campus Bridge) resulting in massive traffic jam from Doctors Hospital to Jinnah Hospital and onwards. Police is showing strong presence outside the Unviersity campus to prevent any anti-government protests after the Jumma prayers.

16 Comments so far

  1. Irfan Tariq (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    How beautifully Govt & Agencies turned PTI and JI against eachother .

    What happened with imran was really sad and very bad . and I hopen when imran khan comes out he will clear things out .


  2. Irfan Tariq (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    How beautifully Govt & Agencies turned PTI and JI against eachother .

    What happened with imran was really sad and very bad . and I hopen when imran khan comes out he will clear things out .


  3. suh (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    i know alot of people are against the emergancy in pakistan and inturn have turned against mush.
    people are getting arrested, but we must look at the clear picture for it is well. it was done to remove a chief justice who was acting like the 2nd prime minister of pakistan.
    but now it has turned into chos

    we must respect the gov. and if they have banned rallies and protests, it shoudlnt be done as you will know you will get arrested in the end.
    we should just continue a peacefull life as normal instead of creating havoc on the streets.

    musharraf has promised us elections and a civian presidant, isnt that what we wanted, even if you dnt belive him, why not just wait till the dates instead of showing your frsutration on the streets.


  4. FAS (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    I don’t under stand that when we are not able to figure out any thing, we blame it on Agencies. It is the easiest thing to do is just blame the government for every thing happening in this country. I don’t think arrest of Imran was a result of IJT and Govt team work. It was just another example how facist IJT is. They can not tolarate any other force in PU Campus challanging thier authority. I am sure they will not be able to scare the students any more.


  5. BT (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    clearly Suh has been on sedative overdose for the past 8 years. look around you, this chaos is only going to grow. how can you even consider going about your “peaceful life” when everything that makes it peaceful has either been suspended or thrown out altogether. if everyone thinks they can’t make a difference and its someone else’s job to make a stand then their will be no one to carry the voice of the nation. so no Suh i disagree with you and i believe that every individual and every voice counts. if we let Mush go ahead with the elections then we’ll see the last 5 years all over again. years of inflation, increasing poverty, class divide and law of the mighty.


  6. Majid (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

    You have clearly underestimated the amount of protesters present at today’s rally. I’d say that there were more than 6000 people present and today’s protest dwarfed that of yesterday in terms of sheer numbers and emotions.

    IJT is a terrorist organization that has no place on the university campus.


  7. bt (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Inshallah this number will grow even furhter and be an inspiration for everyone to follow suit. Has there been a call for protest on Saturday


  8. suh (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

    @ BT

    firstly, the choas is being caused by the corrupt and greedy oppersition partys

    and secondly what purpose do rallies and protests have apart from damaging infranstruchure and tourching the common man,
    the amazing thing is that people just join these rallies to have fun, 80% of the people inside them dnt even have a clue what the purpose of the rallies are for.
    these rallies are planned by idiots who know the end result but still go on with it just to seek cheap publicity.

    i dnt see how this choas can grow if you ignore the oppersition partys, if you ignore them they will themselfs fade away.

    so to me its clearly you whos been on seductave overdose for the last 8 years.


  9. Sara (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    Why is it that only political ‘rival’ to Musharraf, Benazir is out free and giving press conferences regularly, and special treatment by our friends in US, but everyone else who is speaking out agaisnt the current state in Pakistan is in jail? Why do we let foriegn powers dictate whom we should have as a leader? Why do we not speak up and rise and show the world that the people of Pakistan can and want to elect their own leadership?

    What I have read here in this and other blogs has been an eye opener. This sort of news (students protesting, people’s opinions, videos etc.) is hardly being given any coverage in international media. I suggest you mail any videos, pics of protests etc to internaltional news agencies so that the world can see what the Pakistani people want, rather than let them decide who should be right for us! Let’s rise up and fight for our rights, for real democracy, for freedom. Let the world know so we can pressure the government to release our lawyers, Imran Khan, human rights activists etc…


  10. sara (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    What bothers me though is that international powers feel necessary to select our leaders for us. Why is it that only political ‘rival’ to Musharraf, Benazir is out free and giving press conferences regularly but everyone else who is speaking out agaisnt the current state in Pakistan is in jail? Why do we not speak up and rise and show the world that the people of Pakistan can and want to elect their own leadership? People who fought for truth and justice are now in jails. I believe we need first to demand their unconditional release. They fought for our rights and it is now up to us to fight for theirs. Demand the freedom of Imran Khan, human rights activists, lawyers and all who have been dragged into jails for speaking out against the regime in Pakistan.

    The international media is not covering the actual ground realities of Pakistan. All that comes in papers are Musharraf and Benezir statements. These protests by students are not even mentioned. Send your pictures, videos etc to international media agenecies to show the world that the people of Pakistan care and want their rights and want to elect their own leader rather than having someone put in for us.


  11. rashid (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    I am really disappointed and depress by the terrorsit act of IJT .I strongly condenmed it,how can they do like this with person like great IMRAN KHAN.They r terrirost and the have hijacked the university,they must be punished harldy .Imarn Khan is our hero and now he has more respect in our hearts.He deserve to be the primeminster ,and INSHAALLAH he would be oneday.Through the IJT out of campus.
    LIve long IMRAN KHAN


  12. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    IJT stinks – and they are same as Musharaf and dictate people. They have a long digusting history and my vote goes against them as it is against Musharaf.


  13. Musharaf(Commanado) (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

    Oh Pakistanio,Tum sab merey ghulam ho.Tumharee okat kya hay ,you bloody civillians.I am a General and I have a status.NAPAK ARMY will rule Pakistan forever and there is nothing you can do about it.
    Koi Shak


  14. Kads (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the excellent coverage Hasan mubarak.
    Keep up the protests and kick musharraf and his pet dog IJT out of the uni.

    All support to Imran!!!


  15. Babar (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 2:26 am

    Dear SUH,
    Did we have a prime minsiter recently? Do tell me his/her name, I missed on that. I thought we only have chiefs of army staff and such.


  16. Irfan Tariq (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

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