A video of the youth of Punjabi University raising voice for the rehabilitation of student unions at the Faiz Festival held in Lahore this month became very popular on social media and two young men Aurangzeb and Ali Haider’s enthusiasm transformed the restoration of the student union into a movement.
In this regard, the Progressive Students Collective, the Student Action Committee, and other student organizations involved in this have called for a ‘Student Solidarity March’ in various cities of Pakistan today in favor of the restoration of the student union.
It is to be noted that student unions have been banned in Pakistan for 35 years and it was imposed in the 80s under General Zia ul Haq. In 2008, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the rehabilitation of student unions in his first address after former president Pervez Musharraf’s rule, but no action was taken.
On August 23, 2017, the Senate passed a unanimous resolution that steps should be taken to restore unions, but could not pass it because of the majority of the Muslim League-N in the National Assembly, but for 35 years, student organizations have been trying to restore unions.