Today at LUMS, 3 students went out of the gates and were smashed into by a drunk driver in a Pajero. One student, Waheeb Alam, has been pronounced dead, another has suffered major injuries, while the third one is relatively OK [Muhammad Majid & Sohaib Tariq]. As usual, the hospital had to deny medical aid to the critically injured student initially as it was a “police case”. The teachers and students at LUMS have protested, and rightly so, and classes were canceled for the day at LUMS.
Almost half the student body of LUMS protested at the crime scene all day today. The protestors included members of the LUMS faculty and administration, including the VC. After calling to attention the police’s attempts to prevent the registration of the FIR, conceal evidence and withhold the blood reports of the accused, the protestors were visited by Saad Rafique, the PML-N MNA from the constituency, who assured them, on behalf of the CM Punjab, that the perpetrators would be brought to justice in a transparent investigation.
Afterwards, there was a meeting of the LUMS student body, attended by the VC, deans and senior faculty, as well as university lawyers. A committee was formed, consisting of students and faculty, which was given the charge of pursuing the case and monitoring its progress.
Also, the blood reports were finally made available to the students (after assurances from the Chief Medical Officer Punjab); for one of the accused, they are alcohol positive.
The student council and administration of LUMS are actively pursuing the case, with the help of a reputed criminal attorney. And yes, there are multiple eyewitness accounts and ample evidence for a possible manslaughter offence.
The only possible catch is, this time, the perpetrators are the offspring of the family that owns the luxurious Royal Palm country club.
Hardly worth mentioning that even the current verbatim response of the state authorities would not have been elicited had it not been for the immediate mobilization of the student body on the streets and the LUMS administration’s support.
Report prepared from a collection of emails from Moneeza and Ammar Rashid on the Peoples Resistance Network