Peshawar students protest ban on their unions

Published November 27, 2021
The protesters demanded restoration of the student unions so they could raise voice for their rights in a befitting manner. — Screengrab via PSC Twitter
The protesters demanded restoration of the student unions so they could raise voice for their rights in a befitting manner. — Screengrab via PSC Twitter

PESHAWAR: Students of various educational institutions held a rally here on Friday to demand of the federal government to lift ban on student unions.

Holding banners and placards inscribed with demands for provision of facilities to the students, the protesters demanded restoration of the student unions so they could raise voice for their rights in a befitting manner.

Later, talking to mediapersons outside the Peshawar Press Club, protesters’ leader Qasim Khan said the student unions had been banned by a martial law, but the successive democratic governments also maintained the restriction.

He said it was ironic that the government had allowed the employees of different public sector provincial and federal departments to hold their elections ban on the student unions remained intact.

Qasim Khan said restriction on student unions was clear violation of the Article 17 of the Constitution, which states that “every citizen shall have the right to form associations or unions, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of Pakistan, public order or morality”.

Qasim Khan also demanded provision of sufficient funds to the public sector universities and facility of half fare in public transport for students.

Published in Dawn, November 27th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

IMF’s projections
Updated 18 Apr, 2024

IMF’s projections

The problems are well-known and the country is aware of what is needed to stabilise the economy; the challenge is follow-through and implementation.
Hepatitis crisis
18 Apr, 2024

Hepatitis crisis

THE sheer scale of the crisis is staggering. A new WHO report flags Pakistan as the country with the highest number...
Never-ending suffering
18 Apr, 2024

Never-ending suffering

OVER the weekend, the world witnessed an intense spectacle when Iran launched its drone-and-missile barrage against...
Saudi FM’s visit
Updated 17 Apr, 2024

Saudi FM’s visit

The government of Shehbaz Sharif will have to manage a delicate balancing act with Pakistan’s traditional Saudi allies and its Iranian neighbours.
Dharna inquiry
17 Apr, 2024

Dharna inquiry

THE Supreme Court-sanctioned inquiry into the infamous Faizabad dharna of 2017 has turned out to be a damp squib. A...
Future energy
17 Apr, 2024

Future energy

PRIME MINISTER Shehbaz Sharif’s recent directive to the energy sector to curtail Pakistan’s staggering $27bn oil...