Shireen Mazari Condemns PU For Cancelling Protesting Student’s Degree
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has condemned Punjab University for cancelling the degree of one of the organisers of the Students Solidarity March.
The student, Hasnain Jameel, took part in the mobilisation campaign for the Students Solidarity March at the Faiz International Festival. In a video that had gone viral on social media, where student activists are singing Bismil Azizabadi’s ‘Sarfaroshi ki tamana’, Jameel can be seen playing the drums.
In a tweet from her official account, the minister stated that a university’s cancellation of a student’s degree earned through his academic endeavours was blatantly political and unwarranted. She added that the university was itself acting politically in retaliation for what it perceived to be a political act.
For a university to cancel a student's degree which he earned through his academic endeavours is blatantly political & unwarranted. By taking such an action University is itself acting politically in retaliation 4 what it perceives as a pol act! This is against all academic norms
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) November 29, 2019
Rights Activist Nighat Dad also stated that the university had blocked students who have raised the issue.
And university handle has blocked students who have raised this @AimenBucha
— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) November 29, 2019
Some people pointed out the fact that the government must itself stop censorship and persecution of student activists.
Ok great please get your government to stop censorship and the persecution of student activists then
— Mehreen Talha (@dramallama212) November 29, 2019
In response to the minister’s tweet, people called her to take action in this matter.
U r not supposed to highlight the academic norms and values. Take stern action against them as we are expecting you to ensure fundamental rights of each and every individual.
— Muzakkir (@mashalyousafzai) November 29, 2019
Activist Ammar Ali Jan had earlier stated that targeting Jameel was proof of the fact that the ‘corrupt university administrations’ were afraid of the emerging power of students.
After banning student groups in Balochistan, today we received news that one of our main organizers' degree has been cancelled by Punjab University.@HUSNAINJAMEEL is an Mphil student in Political Science & is working fearlessly for students' rights. Targeting him is proof that pic.twitter.com/TlBOciFIYH
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) November 27, 2019
Students from across the country will be taking to the streets today to carry out the Students Solidarity March to demand greater rights and an academic environment conducive to critical thinking and political engagement.
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