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LUMS ‘forced’ to cancel moot on Balochistan

LUMS faculty member Dr Taimur Rehman calls it violation of academic freedom

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Wednesday was reportedly forced to cancel a scheduled talk on Thursday evening featuring Baloch human rights activist Mama Qadeer, Pakistan Today has learnt.

Abdul Qadeer Baloch, known as Mama Qadeer, is the founder of a group working for information on people who have “disappeared” during the long-running conflict between the government and Baloch separatist movements.

A talk, ‘Un-silencing Balochistan’ was scheduled at the university featuring guest speakers Mama Qadeer, activist Mohammed Ali Talpur, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Director IA Rehman, Secretary General Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VMPB) Farzana Majeed, Quaid-e-Azam University Professor Aasim Sajjad Akhtar and rights activist Sajjad Changezi. The talk was to be moderated by Daily Times Editor Rashid Rahman.

Talking to Pakistan Today, LUMS faculty member Dr Taimur Rehman said, “A delegation from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) visited LUMS in the evening and presented a letter calling for cancellation of the talks. They said that Balochistan is a sensitive issue and that the moot could be used to malign Pakistan,” said Dr Rehman, adding that the intelligence officials were firm in their directive.

“The talks were aimed at understanding the Balochistan issue and discussing ways on how to resolve the longstanding problems of the Baloch people. It was supposed to be an academic discussion, which was muzzled for no good reason.

“This is violation of academic freedom and a curb on freedom of speech. The Baloch also have a right to express their reservations, which would help us in reaching a logical solution to the issues facing the province,” he said.



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16 Comments

  1. fmeducation said:

    Yeah, this was an academic event in which Prof Dr Mama Qadeer to project enemies of Pakistan. These morons always take shelter of freedom of expression to advance their cessationist agenda.

    • Basharat said:

      Acutally, You'll find that Mama Qadeer has nothing to do with the secessionist movements in Balochistan. He has been at the front of a NON-VIOLENT protest movement demanding the recovery of missing persons. The inspiration for his struggle is not ideological, tribal, religious or political but very simply the killing of his son Jalil while in custody. He has been doing this since 2009/10 and is yet to even threaten violence, let alone resort to it. His struggle also included a long walk from Quetta to Islamabad – HE LITERALLY WALKED..unlike Bhutto and Sharif, who chose to ride on jeeps as part of their respective "long walks".
      I'm sure you'll agree that calling a 72 year old man, who's young son has been killed by the authorities under false (or at least unproven) allegations, a moron says very little about Mama Qadeer, but a lot about a certain someone else.

    • Half Baloch said:

      Agreed. Look at LUMS and then inviting mamas and chachas to speak up. And if you look at the profile of others who were supposedly there, I A Rahman especially, a bunch of morons who are fed on donors money and to please their donors they can go to any extreme. Ironically they dont feel any pain when the BLA guys kill our jawans, burn their bodies but yes when such culprits are arrested , violation of human rights.

  2. Idiot Above said:

    The Pakistan movement itself was secessionist your moron.

    • Saleem Ahmad said:

      What simplistic bunch of goofs! You think Balochistan issue is as simple as that… have guys ever been to Balochistan? Do you have any idea what is the mindset of certain Baloch sardars there… the Baloch people have been forcefully confined to a life of poverty and oppression by their own all powerful sardars. This is the way they control the masses there. These sardars have been getting massive funds and foreign aid for the civilian development purposes that never reaches the common people. To add to to this, UAE fears that once Gwadar port becomes fully functional Dubai port will lose its importance and its business as Gwadar port is a true deep sea port and the only one of its kind in the region. Iran has Chabahar which is a semi-deep sea port. As long as Balochistan remains unstable and Gwadar port fails to reach its maximum potential, UAE and Iran both benefit. India specially and strategically established their offices on the Afghan side during Karzai's regime and supplied the militant sardars with weapons and money to carry out attacks on Pakistan security forces and civilians in Balochistan. Many of the "missing" Baloch people were either killed by RAW / RAW backed local militant outfits or they illegally cross the sea and go to Gulf states for better prospects and their families pretend that they are missing as the leaving the area without the permission of sardars is a violation of tribal laws!

  3. Anon said:

    It is "silencing" voices that makes things boil under the lid to the extent of a secession. Remember East Pakistan? Had it been voiced enough to have it's problems brought into light in time, it would never have separated from West Pakistan.
    Learn from history.

    • Aslam Changezi said:

      It is absolutely wrong to compare Balochistan with Bangladesh. Bangladesh was a physically detached piece of land surrounded by an enemy state which used force and deceit and took full advantage of their shared borders with East Pakistan. Balochistan is a totally connected and integrated province of Pakistan where majority of the people and tribes are pro-Pakistan. Few sardars of specific tribes are trying to destabilize the situation by taking help from India, UAE and previously with Karzai backed Afghan intelligence agencies. With new Afghan government and a very sensible new Afghan President Mr Ghani, these militants will now have a much more tough time. Additionally with new terror laws and an even stronger resolve of Pak Armed forces, things will start to improve rapidly. LUMS should show some sense and act more responsibly when exposing young minds to guest speakers. I believe that inviting an anti-state militant group sympathizer is a criminal offense that has been fortunately detected and averted!

  4. Aftab said:

    Since when the BRA and BLA representative became human right activits? Next time would LUMS also allow RAW's cheif to give a lecture on human rights in Balochistan?

  5. Taimoor said:

    Whether or not certain people want to admit (since their commie daddies and uncles are part of it), BLA is a terrorist outfit and people on the proposed panel are known sympathizers of that outfit, in the same way IK is a TTP sympathizer. When will we apply a broad, anti-terrorist stance to TTP, BLA, ASWJ etc. equally?

  6. Aslam Changazi said:

    It is absolutely wrong to compare Balochistan with Bangladesh. Bangladesh was a physically detached piece of land surrounded by an enemy state which used force and deceit and took full advantage of their shared borders with East Pakistan. Balochistan is a totally connected and integrated province of Pakistan where majority of the people and tribes are pro-Pakistan. Few sardars of specific tribes are trying to destabilize the situation by taking help from India, UAE and previously with Karzai backed Afghan intelligence agencies. With new Afghan government and a very sensible new Afghan President Mr Ghani, these militants will now have a much more tough time. Additionally with new terror laws and an even stronger resolve of Pak Armed forces, things will start to improve rapidly. LUMS should show some sense and act more responsibly when exposing young minds to guest speakers. I believe that inviting an anti-state militant group sympathizer is a criminal offense that has been fortunately detected and averted!

  7. Mehnaz Jaffar said:

    There are very responsible and patriotic people in the LUMS hierarchy. They must make sure that ethnic, sectarian and debates on sensitive issues do not pollute the learning environment.

  8. faisal said:

    I am Punjabi. Why is Balochistan such a sensitive issue? Punjabi's dominate all media, civil service, police, parliament, ISI, foreign service, army, navy and air force. No one can question patriotism of LUMS so how could they malign Pakistan? I think they mean malign Punjabistan. Balochistan never joined Pakistan but was invaded by Punjabi army. We steal their sui gas even though most parts of their province are not provided with sui gas or revenue from the gas. NO Balochi has ever been allowed to join the Balouch regiment. This is what they did not want you to hear. Or that thousands of Balochis have been kidnapped by Punjabi dominated ISI. Pakistan is like HUTUS and TUTSI's but worse. I am ashamed to be Punjabi as we are thieves.

  9. abdul MUSAVVIR said:

    i think our agencies have no sense, they made non issue a burning question for nothing. Mama qadeer did a long march, what's the result of that "long march"???? same the case here, silencing or unsilencing balochistan was just a debate (if it allowed) but the results would remain the same.

  10. Khizer Hayyat Khan said:

    Transfer this session to Government College University Lahore.All the politicians studied from GCU.GCU vs. ISI would be fantastic.

  11. al3ab-banat01 said:

    نجدد ترحابنا بكم في العاب بنات التي تعتبر من افضل الالعاب على الاطلاق وعندها جمهور كبير جدا وهي بدورها تتضمن التلبيس والمكياج وكذلك الطبخ وتلعبها البنات بكترة واصبحت مشهورة جدا في السنين الاخيرة مما جعل مواقع الالعاب تصبح كتيرة وهناك كتير منها مشهورة متل فرايف و كيزي ومواقع اخرى كما ان هناك ايضا موقع جميل عربي يقدم تشكيلة من العاب بنات مميزة ومتجددة يوميا هذا النوع بدوره يشمل اصناف كتيرة سنتعرف عليها الان ومن بينها العاب الطبخ الدي يملك معجبين كتر جدا ويعتبر هو الاول تم يليه العاب التلبيس وهذا الآخر ممتع ويحبه الكتير لان التلبيس تعشقه البنات اكتر من الاولاد وهذا امر بديهي ومعروف وبعده بالتتابع يوجد العاب المكياج او الميك اب نوع جميل ومحبوب عند الصغار والكبار ويبقى في الاخير نوع قص الشعر وهو الاقل اهتماما

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