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Update @ 0104: Arrested university professor calls for a united protest

The following message by Osama Siddique who is a university professor at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) and arrested earlier alongside members of HRCP, was sent to us via the blackberry service within our comments section on a previous blog posting:

Dear all,

As I write to you many members of society are actively protesting against the travesty that has plunged us once again into the dark ages. The HRCP (Human Rights Commission Pakistan) building has been surrounded by police and peaceful protesters including some of our faculty members are about to be arrested.

In Islamabad and elsewhere the top judiciary of the country remains under house arrest and similar arrests are being made. The press has been completely muffled. This is the time to peacefully but unequivocally express our very strong dismay and protest against yet another martial law. However as we unite in this please ensure that nothing happens that in any way undermines our institutional norms. Please introspect and gauge whether continuing silence makes sense any more.

Please speak up, stand together and be counted. And be careful.


  • Gauhar Raza |

    uncivilised takeover by the military in pakistan must be condenmed by one and all

  • safeer |

    This is truly very brave of LUMS' students and faculty. The new social awakening and political consciousness are being diplayed by such unexpected segments of our society. The struggle between the corrupt forces of status quo and the massive force of change should be waged by us all. This is the only way to bring about change in our socio-political map.