Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry announced his support for the rehabilitation of student unions.
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 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.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has termed the ban on student unions as a “hypocrisy of democracy”, where the movement is getting support from civil society.
Via Fawad Chaudhry, through his official Twitter account, said that ban on student union is the limit of future politics, steps can be taken to make students politics free from violence but ban on student politics is unwarranted.
I fully support Restoration of students unions, ban on students unions is anti democratic,we can always ensure that students politics must remain violence free and regulations may be introduced for smooth functioning but ban on students politics amounts to limit future politics
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 29, 2019
Speaking to a private tv show, Haidar Ali, an active member of the student body, said that the restoration of unions is essential as politics decides your future within your country.
He said that student unions are important for strengthening democratic values within any country which is why we believe in this right under Article 17 of our country which has been suspended since 1984.
Haidar Ali said that student organizations want the democratic system to be strengthened in the country so that students can also be part of the legislation.
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 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.