Students in Islamabad & a Free Pakistan

<On 5th November, students of LUMS carried out a masive peaceful protest in wake of Emergency imposed in Pakistan.

Yesterday, a reader informed about a similar kind of protest scheduled for Today by students of various universities in Islamabad.

On Facebook Events, the details are provided. I’m quoting them here.

Students Protest for a Free Pakistan
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Outside Hamdard University, F-8 Markaz

15 Comments so far

  1. syra (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    Quaid encouraged student participation in politics
    time for such a change!


  2. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    Geo & Hamid Mir is reporting about this protest and he’s saying its about 1000-1500 students and now Lawyers are joining them in.


  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm
  4. khan (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

    We protested for seven years to get freedom rom Hindus and got it. Now we are protesting for 60 years to have freedom from — i do not know whom! Will we ever be free to have a govt of our own choosing? For that we have to have democratic culture. At present all political parties in Pakistan are hereditary. We do not have a single party which believes in pluralistic democracy. Let us have democratically elected political parties to have freedom in the real sense.Otherwise what difference does it make if it is a General or a wadera.


  5. exciton (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    Please find the first copy of the Emergency Telegraph attached. This has been possibly by the hard work of many people. In particular I’d like to that Aftab Khaliq, Osama Shah Banoori, Madiha Riaz and Omer Aftab who helped at late hours of the night to get this through.

    It can also be downloaded in 2 different formats at: http://www.esnips.com/web/emergencytelegraph


  6. Concerned_PAKI (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 12:42 am

    If this is how you guys plan to protest then you have got a long long way to go.
    This is real amusing sissy stuff , in lay man terms you can call it burger protests.

    Please re-visit history and know how real protests were held against Ayub, Zia and Bhutto.
    You will also come to know how torture was inflicted by agencies under those guys.
    The present jaunta is taking extra care of not actually hurting any body tear gassing and slapping by police is nothing, so go out and have fun 10 days in police custody doesn’t hurt much and our courts give relief even to known terrorists, so there are no long term risks, nobody is being lashed, stripped, drilled and no nails are being pulled out.


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:16 am


    our courts give relief even to known terrorists

    yes like Altaf Hussain, ishratul Ibad,Imran Farooq, Benazir etc etc etc.


  8. Concerned_PAKI (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    Exactly after convicting Bhutto they dont have the guts to convict any leader including the terrorists. All they do is set one date after other no matter how much the evidence.
    The foolish Nawaz Sharif in his hurry to get out didn’t even bother to appeal against the lower court, otherwise he would have no need to ask for a pardon from Mush.

    Now they have hanged the fate of the state in balance one date after another, then comes the long break, and then some judge’s daughter is getting married while the country is thrown into a limbo.

    They should first set their lame house in order before trying to cripple other institutions.


  9. Fauzan (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:42 am

    I don’t see there is any harm in ‘peacefully’ protesting against the govt for a ban on basic rights by LUMS. So I do look forward to them and other universities protesting against poverty and so many other civic issues that have engulfed us for the past 60 odd years. Surely people at LUMS are aware of the life beyond the lush campus and DHA :)
    Good coverage though.


  10. sid (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    Islamaabd LUMS, hAMDARD University and F-8?
    dont u think all these are opposite statements… ?????


  11. WK (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

    For Students to read this and understand carefully, If you lose these areas from PK than where you will go for outings ???

    AT this time what ever happening or who ever is behind this all WE ALL NEED TO BECOME AS ONE FAMILY AND THINK THINK THINK !!!!

    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.


  12. Zainub (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 2:36 am

    Brilliant, I so proud of these fellow country men and women, I hope students in Karachi take some inspiration and follow their lead.


  13. ash (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    as a karachiite i have to say its better if karachi students dont say much ….because protests in karachi NEVER end in peace.


  14. Concerned_PAKI (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    Me too I am also feeling very proud of these guys huddled together enjoying mehfil-e-Ghazal. Who was the singer Ghulam Ali or Abida Parveen?


  15. Aamir (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    These students will get back to their studies and dating after a few weeks.



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