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News Channel Portrays MNA Mohsin Dawar’s Visit To PU As ‘Anti-State Activity’

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A recent report by a private television channel portraying member of National Assembly (MNA) Mohsin Dawar’s visit to the Punjab University, Lahore as anti-state activity has been strongly denounced.

Recently, a news report by Channel 92 said that Mohsin Dawar had paid a visit to Punjab University and met with members of student and linguistic groups. The news channel cited reports of intelligence agencies as saying that Mohsin Dawar had incited student groups against the state and its security agencies. The report further said that this was part of an anti-national propaganda campaign against security agencies, and was started by anti-state elements to create unrest in educational institutions.

People have criticised the media channel’s propaganda against an elected parliamentarian. People reported that Mohsin Dawar had been in Lahore for the Asma Jahangir Conference and had paid a visit to the Punjab University to meet Baloch and Pashtun students to discuss issues faced by them in Punjab. The portrayal of this as anti-state activity was denounced by many.

Human rights activist Gulalai Ismail, stated the state was so fragile that it felt threatened with everything. She added that not everything the parliamentarian does was about the military.

Academic Nida Kirmani expressed her disbelief over the fact that the visit of an elected MNA to a university and him taking selfies with students was being considered an anti-national plot.

Another user shared pictures of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat chief Ahmed Ludhianvi and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and stated that an elected MNA could not visit a university but ‘certified terrorist organisations’ could visit Waziristan under supervision of the army.

A user opined that naming Mohsin Dawar as a terrorist on his visit to a university was a new low for the state.

Meanwhile, the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement, of which Mohsin Dawar is one of the leaders, issued a statement through its Twitter account, saying that they condemned intelligence agencies giving reports about the visit of Mohsin Dawar to Punjab university as a ‘visit of anti-state elements’.

The rights movement further said that Mohsin Dawar was an elected parliamentarian and had every right to engage with students.

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