Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bahria University student Arsalan Bilal: on Hunger Strike against discrimination

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Date: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 4:53 AM
Subject: [pakistanpress] Bahria University: Arsalan Bilal: Hunger Strike: Press Release


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Announcement of indefinite Hunger Strike by Mr. Arsalan Bilal


Arsalan Bilal, a student of Bahria University, has decided to go on a hunger strike for an indefinite time period from Friday, April 6, 2012 in front of Bahria University Headquarters, Margalla Road, Islamabad. Bilal was subjected to the most appalling form of "Academic Terrorism" on campus as he was discriminated against and victimized by Bahria University's top management and purported academics. Arsalan Bilal was rusticated from the university on the pretext that he is psychologically unstable, and had threatened his faculty members by emailing them revolutionary poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Noon Meem Rashid.

Bilal, who has been studying on merit scholarship in that same university, believes that he was victimized for raising questions, in various discussion sessions, over the manner in which the military management and pseudo intellectuals of Bahria University were governing the institution. Moreover, Bilal was marginalized as he belonged to a minority sect, which is pervasively persecuted across the country. It is noteworthy that Bilal was repeatedly discouraged from conducting his undergraduate research on "Politicization of religion in Pakistan".

Bilal has resolved not to call off his hunger strike until the following 14 demands are fulfilled:

1-      Dignified restoration of Arsalan Bilal with apology from university's management

2-      Redress all grievances by reprimanding those responsible for committing atrocities on Bilal

3-      Cessation of discrimination on basis of race, caste, creed, religion, affiliation, etc. on campus

4-      All serving military officers in university be directed to return to purely military functions

5-      All retired military officers in the university be gradually supplanted by qualified civilians

6-      Post of Director Campus be occupied by a highly qualified academic

7-      Purge the university of pseudo intellectuals

8-      Constitute a special autonomous body of academics to ensure checks on faculty members

9-      Tighten the plagiarism check policy on faculty members

10-  Decision to retain faculty members should hinge on students' feedback

11-  Empower Students' Affairs department for addressing apprehensions of students

12-  Public proceedings of all cases before the discipline committee

13-  Abolish dress code imposed in the university

14-  Render more need-based scholarships by eliminating fee discounts for children of naval officers

If you'd like to know more on the subject, or schedule an interview with Mr. Arsalan Bilal, please call his media spokesperson, Mohammad Hissan Khan on +92 (0)321 5899 478, or email him at

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