LUMS students want singer Bilal Khan to replace Malala as keynote speaker at their convocation
Students believe Malala to be 'anti-national'.
Students from LUMS are unhappy about the Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, being invited as the keynote speaker at their convocation.
According to reports, a number of students from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) have requested the Vice-Chancellor to ‘uninvite’ her. The students have written to the VC that they come from ‘Army families’ and Malala is anti-state.
An associate professor from the university spoke about this in a tweet and said that he fails to understand this specific concern of the students as Malala was against the same people that the Army fights against. He further clarified that only a few students have expressed such sentiments and not the ‘whole student body’.
Does advocating for a universal right to education translate into anti-state sentiment?
Advice to students: next time you pen a letter to the VC, please think through your arguments clearly. What you currently wrote has left many of us red-faced.
— Sanval Nasim (@SanvalNasim) June 29, 2020
According to the reports, the students from the graduating batch of 2020 want Malala to be replaced with the singer ‘Bilal Khan’ as the keynote speaker at the ceremony. People all over the social media, which includes the LUMS alumni, are surprised and shocked at this.
Hateful comments regarding Malala Yousafzai have been common in Pakistan. The 2012 attack on her was considered ‘fake’ and a ‘drama’ by many who neglected the fact that before flying to the UK, she was treated at a military hospital after getting shot.
Moreover, she has been commonly accused of having links with the American establishment, even by some educated individuals of the country.
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