An op-ed by Bina Shah spilling the beans as to what triggered the HEC directive to silence – primarily started from the Islamic University UN Model Conference where students smashed the Israeli stall – but typical bureaucracy, they stretched their imagination to ordering the censorship of all/any voice of political reasoning “The state has no right to dictate the ideals of individuals” read the full op-ed by Bina Shah in Dawn – Fed on Ideology
A letter sent by Isa Daudpota to the Executive Director of HEC regarding the HEC notification silencing anti-Govt discussion and debate
Dr Abdullah Sadiq and I received a query about the attached note — circulated by you to universities — from our friend, Mr Naeem Sadiq in Karachi.
Only now have I ascertained that the note is genuine. What you are essentially recommending is censorship! Given the already suffocating intellectual environment on our campuses, your note will only strengthen those who wish to create a repressive atmosphere of George Orwell’s brilliant dystopia, “1984”
In a shocking notice to Universities across Pakistan the Higher Education Commission has instructed all students enrolled in universities to refrain from raising any objections or opinions against the Government of Pakistan.
HEC Directive (No.10-1/A&C/HEC/2013/869) instructing all degree awarding institutions to “remain vigilant and forestall any activity that in any manner challenge(s) the ideology and principles of Pakistan, and/or perspective of the Government of Pakistan thereof.” – Courtesy Access is my Right & Bytes For All
With parliament and the ECP at loggerheads over the issue of fake degrees, the Sindh Assembly has passed a new law to make the federal Higher Education Commission totally irrelevant in relation to the Sindh province by setting up its own provincial HEC that has been given all the powers, including the authority to verify degrees awarded by any institution in the world – allows them to induct Fake Degree holders bypassing Central HEC The News: Sindh quietly makes law to de-fang HEC
Insaf Students Federation [ISF] has published a detailed fact finding report on the HEC
– shared on Facebook by Awab Alvi
Saving HEC is akin to Saving Pakistan Facebook
Insaf Students Federation [ISF] has decided to challenge the appointment of new Executive Director Higher Education Commission before the Islamabad High Court.
Farrukh Habib the President “The government has political motives behind this appointment as it wanted to control the autonomous commission for its vested political interests, wanting to grab the funds allocated for higher education of students by transferring them for their upcoming election campaign,” LINK: ISF to challenge HEC director’s removal in court
– shared on Facebook by Awab Alvi
Dear Javaid Laghari,
One can not pass through the Karachi and Lahore airports without noticing those colonial and discriminating special “parliamentarian” check-in counters. One can also not help wondering if this country was made to honour the men and women who cheated, forged, acquired dual nationalities, never paid taxes and made false declaration of their assets. However even in these painful and despondent times, there is a ray of hope. A small group of committed people like Javaid Laghari and Abid Sher Ali, are standing by their conscience in this struggle for the soul of Pakistan. Will they succeed in fumigating our parliament to remove all its fraudulent encroachers? This depends upon the kind of support they receive from the civil society, universities and the courts. It also equally depends on HEC’s willingness to take the following bold steps.
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