Why COAS felt the need to spend over 7 hours talking to the LUMS community? asks Professor Nida Kirmani
On March 14, sociologist and LUMS professor, Nida Kirmani took to her Twitter account where she wrote how 80 LUMS students who attended the discussion expressed their ‘dismay’ over the security precautions imposed by the management as the campus and cafeterias were shut down for an entire day.
On March 14, COAS General Bajwa was invited to Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) for a day-long marathon that lasted for 7 hours. Reportedly, the army chief addressed the students for over 1.5 hours and took questions for the next 6 hours in which he interacted with the students in a ‘candid’ session. While some attendees were impressed by General Bajwa’s talk, Kirmani stated that there was an ‘atmosphere of fear’ created, “Students did not feel like this was their space.”
On March 10, Kirmani wrote on Twitter about how she has emailed LUMS admin thrice asking about the format for COAS’ visit and if the attendees would be allowed to ask questions, “Have received no response yet, but we’ve been asked to register for the events twice with all details, including home address. Not looking promising!” According to the professor, the visit would only be justified if it’s a forum to ask questions and debate.