And if voices are a threat, then speak, nay, scream we shall.
By HAFSA KHAWAJA
“Learn about the history, complications, human rights abuses, and the struggle for justice that has been going on in Balochistan.”
That is how the Lahore University of Management Sciences described their event Unsilencing Balochistan, scheduled for Thursday.
The highly anticipated talk was supposed to have a panel including Mama Qadeer (Chairman, Voice for Missing Baloch Persons), Farzana Majeed (General Secretary, Voice for Missing Baloch Persons), columnist and activist M.M Ali Talpur, academic Professor Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Director HRCP I. A. Rehman and activist Sajjad Changhezi.
The Lahore University of Management Sciences or LUMS, a leading private university in Pakistan, says it was forced to cancel an academic discussion on human rights in Balochistan, “due to state intervention“.
According to a LUMS faculty member who spoke to PakVoices, a delegation from Pakistan’s top spy agency the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) “presented a letter calling for cancellation of the talks. They said that Balochistan is a sensitive issue and that the moot could be used to malign Pakistan.”