Update by one Alumni of FAST-NU, Lahore, Pakistan :
A few students/profession als (alumni of FAST / LUMS / UET working at places around Davis road) gathered at Lahore Press Club. Before the crowd started to grow, police was already there. When we, the protesters were just 5-10, they were already 15-20 in number, some in police uniform and some in plain clothes. As the number of protesters grew to around 20 or a bit more when the people passing by also joined us (or just stayed there to watch the 'drama') the police started getting a bit violent. They started to push every individual to move and started asking them where are you from and noting down the details? Obviously none told them the correct information. The crowd was thus easily dispersed by the police.
An alumni who is a UETian, Software Engineer at Techlogix (a highly renowned Software House of Pakistan), son of an ex-PLMN MNA, managed to enter into the Press Club where various channels recorded his interview. Later when he came out , the police surrounded him (thinking of him as the one organizing this activity) and asked him details about this 'protest'. It was quite obvious to see the stress on the faces of policemen who were afraid to see this small crowd. They were continuously calling someone and letting them know of whats happening. They carried on updating someone on the phone that now this and this number of guys from FAST/LUMS/UET are here.
Later, I was interviewed by GEO/ARY/AAJ when they recorded videos at the gate of press club. I was happy to hear their first question asked by the media guys , "You are from LUMS or FAST?" , expecting us to be representing student body.
Originally posted at: Metroblogging Lahore at 6:27 PM on November 08, 2007
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