Students Protest Against Emergency (cont’d)…

Update by one Alumni of FAST-NU, Lahore, Pakistan :

A few students/profession als (alumni of FAST / LUMS / UET working at places around Davis road) gathered at Lahore Press Club. Before the crowd started to grow, police was already there. When we, the protesters were just 5-10, they were already 15-20 in number, some in police uniform and some in plain clothes. As the number of protesters grew to around 20 or a bit more when the people passing by also joined us (or just stayed there to watch the ‘drama’) the police started getting a bit violent. They started to push every individual to move and started asking them where are you from and noting down the details? Obviously none told them the correct information. The crowd was thus easily dispersed by the police.

An alumni who is a UETian, Software Engineer at Techlogix (a highly renowned Software House of Pakistan), son of an ex-PLMN MNA, managed to enter into the Press Club where various channels recorded his interview. Later when he came out , the police surrounded him (thinking of him as the one organizing this activity) and asked him details about this ‘protest’. It was quite obvious to see the stress on the faces of policemen who were afraid to see this small crowd. They were continuously calling someone and letting them know of whats happening. They carried on updating someone on the phone that now this and this number of guys from FAST/LUMS/UET are here.

Later, I was interviewed by GEO/ARY/AAJ when they recorded videos at the gate of press club. I was happy to hear their first question asked by the media guys , “You are from LUMS or FAST?” , expecting us to be representing student body.

15 Comments so far

  1. hira (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    FAST and LUMS are leading by example… Good work… please pass on my wishes to everyone there…. I am happy to see the protests are carried out peacefully…

  2. Saad (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Opee, I am a FAST Lahore Alumni too. I wanted to inform you about a recently launched website to discusson the emergency situation created by Musharraf.

    http://www.Musharraf$#%&.com I encourage all fellow metrobloggers to come and express their views on the forum. Opee, kindly spread the word and ask your friends to join us there in the discussions.

    PHELAA DO Bro. See you there, opee.



  3. Saad (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Opee, I am a FAST Lahore Alumni too. I wanted to inform you about a recently launched website to discusson the emergency situation created by Musharraf.

    http://www.Musharraf$#%&.com I encourage all fellow metrobloggers to come and express their views on the forum. Opee, kindly spread the word and ask your friends to join us there in the discussions.

    PHELAA DO Bro. See you there, opee.



  4. Saad (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    Sorry for the double post above. My page was not resppnding so, I re-clicked the button.

  5. Opee (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    Hi Saad…

    Nice to see your message. But unfortunately, I have some reasons on the basis of which I am supporting the protests by responsible persons like alumni of FAST/LUMS and UET. But I am NOT supporting how lawyers and other political parties are carrying out these activities. There are some acceptable ways to protest, only those of which I strongly support. Otherwise, I try to remain silent.

    At the same time as I speak against musharraf, I have some reasons to support his tenure too. So its a mix. I do not support his ‘recent’ steps, but I know that he took them by coming under pressure of US. This is the thing I am protesting upon.

    I am sure that you would disagree with me on my reasons. But may understand that I won’t spread hatred messages to my e-lists/groups/blogs.

    Thanks for understanding,


  6. Ramla A. (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

    Oh I think Mush actually has the USA on a leash! He does what he wants, and in a manner that USA can neither spit or swallow him. I think the Bush Admin is genuinely baffled. What can they do?

    And in a distant, this is what has earned my respect for Mush after a long, long time: finally, a Pakistani leader who has kept the USA at bay, and managed to resist any subversion by them at the same time. Finally, someone who’s not rushing to the White House to lap up points. Someone who’s using a strategic mind. I have more confidence in him now than ever.

    History requires decisions, erred or flawless. At least he is a man of action, not rhetoric. I strongly disagree with his economic policies and their impacts – in fact he is answerable on many of those counts, but there is much fault with the people of Pakistan too – we NEVER take responsibility.

    I respect Musharraf for he has taken upon himself the responsibility of the failure of his agencies, his underlings – and even in flawed persons, this is the sign of character.

    There is only one rule in the world: of the strong. To resist a strong power takes more than lone-hero-killing-200-men-with-a-bamboo-stick fantasy, which is what us Pakistanis expect. Sorry, but “naara-e-Haqq” works miracles for those who have integrity in their character and actions. People who would take any chance to do anything wrong try using Divine and emotional powers to out-strip the reality; it will not happen.

    I think this blog should represent the other point of view also. People who support/ do not oppose Musharraf are in great numbers also, and being Pakistanis, we have a point to share.

  7. Ramla A. (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    Yet the healthy thing is that students are taking decisions and stances based on their conscience, which is the positive side of the whole goings-on.

    In time, we will need to step back and figure out the bigger question: WHY DOES IT HAPPEN TO US, AGAIN AND AGAIN?

    Answering *that* question will lead to different approaches than we are taking now in opposition to the emergency.

    I think Musharraf should NOT either be handed a blank check – i.e. unquestioning support. We need, thus, to work on the specifics and find our own meaning.

  8. Farrukh (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    Join Army, Become President!

  9. Kashif Manzar (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

    lame comment@farrukh.

    I agree with ramla.

  10. SSG (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    Why the are protesting ??
    Reason ??

    Do they want media back so they can enjoy the Nudity – One sided news – Suside Blasts – Naked bodies laying down – Fake hard talks etc etc


    PESHAWAR: Militants have seized more than two-thirds of a key tourist valley in northwest Pakistan, despite a state of emergency imposed to tackle extremism.

    Dozens of paramilitary troops and police surrendered their weapons to militants and retreated from the mountain town of Kalam in the Swat Valley – dubbed Pakistan’s Switzerland – yesterday.

    Announcements about the advance were made on a pirate FM radio station run by cleric Mullah Fazlullah, as militants hoisted their party flag on police stations and government buildings, and distributed sweets.

    The militants’ advance into Swat was one of the key factors, indicating that rebels were branching out into new areas from their traditional base in the troubled tribal belt that borders Afghanistan.

    The government moved 2,500 troops into Swat last week to counter Fazlullah, also known as “Mullah Radio”, and who calls for a holy war on authorities.

    More than 150 militants have been killed in clashes with security forces in the past week. But the militants have hit back in recent days.

    Before taking Kalam, they captured the town of Bahrain, a strategic town poised over the Swat river, having seized the Madyan town on Tuesday.

    “There was no fighting, police had already vacated their post in Bahrain, and later retreated to Kalam when they came to know the militants were heading towards their police station,” police said.

    But Fazlullah’s aide, Maulana Shah Dauran, said in a radio address that militants also took control of a paramilitary base in Kalam manned by a platoon.

    More than 40 Frontier Corps soldiers had left the paramilitary base before the militants arrived.

    Residents said 150 turbanned militants were roaming through Kalam, chanting Allah-o-Akbar (God is greatest) and hoisting their flags on key government buildings.

    There was no comment from the administration in Mingora, the valley’s main town, and officials in Peshawar, the capital of North-West Frontier Province.

    An official privately admitted the militants were in control of 70 per cent of the valley’s 94km stretch from Sangota to Kalam.

    The government hold was confined to Mingora and the nearby town of Saidu Sharif


  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 1:22 am

    Independent Musharraf of Free Pakistan just introduced Pakistani version of American patriot act which can abduct any civilian which is not liked by agencies.

    And I can just grin on thinking that Musharraf managed to control US and create ANY Obstacles.

    Zia and Saddam didn’t exist in stone age that one can’t remember about their *harkatain* and then their fate.

    During Afghan-USSR war(read Neoconservatism vs Communism), US always used to say that ZIA was inevitable. Zia kept thinking that he was fooling US by executing his moves but world witnessed itself how was removed from the scene that yet nobody is able to find any clue hOW actually he become from President Zia to Late Zia. Something similar was used for saddam as well. Saddam kept thinking till last moment that He was fooling US while actually he was being fooled by his pals. This is how US works. recently few media resources leaked news how there are plans to attack nuclear sites in Pakistan by giving excuse of militancy and instability. No matter how much I despise US’ policies, I must admire that try they know how to use someone for their own interest. I also add that American policies will simply get failed in the presence of Democracy, this is why you see our neighbor democratic countries like Iran and India were never influenced by America and almost every so called Islamic countries are easily controlled by America due to dictatorship of military and non-Military regimes.

    I think we are becoming a nation where we get more happy if we see violence. Something which I personally experienced when I used to get interact with yanks online whose heroes were Rambo,Terminators and other macho men who find solution of everything in red blood.Thank you Sir!

  12. Saad (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 6:59 am

    Opee, I wanted to clarify that the forum is not a hate thread/lists. Like Ramla, said, all people have a right to their views, be it pro and con. That is the exact reason thee forum has been put up.

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    yes many people supports Musharraf and I am thankful to him that he’s the reason to filter out ‘Intellectual Residue’ of our society who has been supporting him ignorantly and blindly. *geo musharraf* :-)

  14. Mr. Indian (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 12:12 am

    Happy diwali pakistani bhaio!

  15. Muzzammil (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 4:24 am

    Might is right..

    and as Pakies we should support Mighty people. This has been the moto of PPP and BIBI and Lota league and mostly the capitalist and chudheries of Country.

    As a younger lot lets not fall in the boots of Conventional Paki-ism and Say what is right and support the just cause.

    Oppee dude and otehr guys.. good work (y).
    How many Pak-Aimers are participating?

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