Road to Democracy: Political debate banned in colleges
And just when I think that our self-appointed pseudo-messiah can’t go any bonkers than he already has, he actually ends up proving me wrong – that too, by a mile! “I’m no dictator” is what he told BBC in an interview a few days back – who is he kidding?!? Every single order/amendment he has passed has been absolutely against the spirit of democracy and yet he claims to be a Champion of Democracy – talk about sordid egos!
It seems a new bad news is lined up for us everyday – what did we get yesterday? A ban on political debate in our colleges and universities! Why? Because students have been in the news a lot recently for the peaceful protests that they’ve been organizing against the martial law.
This is what appeared in Dawn yesterday:
The federal government on Tuesday imposed a ban on open debate on media curbs, suspension of judges and emergency in all colleges and universities in the country.
Well-placed sources said students of various universities and colleges in Islamabad, had been strongly protesting against emergency rule, curbs on the media and suspension of judges, for the last few days to express solidarity with the electronic media.
Taking notice of the situation, the federal government has banned debate in all colleges and universities and warned of strict action against violators.
Students, civil society activists and others have been continuously protesting against the imposition of emergency for the last 12 days.
Fourteen Teachers in Punjab University have been charged with sedition and the administration of FAST-NU has been threatened by Military Intelligence (MI) with closure, if they don’t stop the protests from taking place:
Military Intelligence has threatened the director of FAST, one of the country’s premier educational institutions, with closure of the university if students are not barred from holding protests, rallies or distributing anti-government pamphlets or blogging. An alumnus of the institution, an active member of the protest movement, on condition of anonymity said that their phones were being tapped, their activities monitored and they were on the ‘Red Line’. – The Emergency Times – Vol: 16
I wonder what’s next? Banning political debates in homes (or even dreams, the way he’s going).