Seminar on Balochistan Missing Persons at Karachi University despite administration refusing permission

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Sabin Mahmud was killed after organizing an event on Balochistan in T2F in Karachi, and more recently, Syed Wahidur Rehman, a Karachi professor was also shot dead. But far from being silenced, the resistance of democratic forces in Pakistan is growing. Today, Karachi University faculty organized a seminar on Balochistan missing persons to massive response, despite the administration refusing permission and locking the doors of the venue. The event was held in the Arts lobby, from where it seems to have spilt outside too.

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A determined audience sits on the floor outside the locked room where it was to have taken place.

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Audience outside KU Administration Block

Read the report in The Tribune

Images sent by Nida Kirmani, Asst Prof at LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan, via Shipra Nigam

4 thoughts on “Seminar on Balochistan Missing Persons at Karachi University despite administration refusing permission

  1. shipra

    Below is the statement that was sent by LUMS faculty and students in solidarity with the event held at Karachi University

    STATEMENT OF CONCERNED FACULTY MEMBERS AND STUDENTS OF LUMS REGARDING THE DECISION TO CANCEL THE TALK ON BALOCHISTAN IN KARACHI UNIVERSITY SCHEDULED TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY 6 MAY

    We, concerned students, alumni and faculty members of LUMS, deeply deplore the decision by the Karachi University administration to cancel the talk on Balochistan titled “Baloch Missing Persons and The Role of State and Society”, planned tomorrow Wednesday 6 May 2015 at Karachi University. This decision comes on the heels of the cancellation of the LUMS roundtable on “Un-Silencing Balochistan”, scheduled to be held on 9 April, and the tragic killing of Ms. Sabeen Mahmud, director of the café T2F in Karachi, right after a debate on the very same issue on 24 April on the premises of T2F.

    We are extremely concerned about the severe violations of academic freedom that the country’s universities are witnessing nowadays, as we are about the repeated infringements on freedom of expression that have occurred in the last few weeks. They go to show that Balochistan is and remains an out-of-bounds topic for concerned citizens of Pakistan. The irony is that by trying to silence Balochistan and stifle all public debate about it, the authorities have so far only succeeded in generating more debate on the issue, as well as on the lack of guarantees for constitutional rights in Pakistan, such as freedom of expression and of assembly.

    We stand in complete solidarity with our colleagues in Karachi University, notably the “Teachers Against War and Oppression” group which organised the debate and, as of today, courageously still plans to hold it.

    1. I agree with you. But the above was not soldarity of ordinary Pakistanis towards Balochis. Even now if one reads ET or DAWN ,majority of the public comments are either about denial or whataboutism (like the Indians do in Kashmir issue) . This debate that has triggered in recent years ,is still restricted Pakistani intellectual circles & Universities ; much the same way as the understanding of Kashmir issue as seen by its Kashmiri Muslim majority ,is restricted to only Indian intellectuals or TISS.

  2. Aishwarya Bhattacharyya

    This is most inspiring, coming at a time when Indian universities overindulge in seminars on caste, gender, labour and others- all words spoken inside AC auditoriums and followed no where. Glad that the neighbours could make such a seminar happen that itself is an instance of protest.

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