Students played an important role in the formation of Pakistan. Students of the Tehreek-e-Azadi stood side by side with Quaid-e-Millat Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. These were the students who not only focused on their education but also supported the Muslims in their struggle and played their part in creating a separate homeland.
After the formation of Pakistan, when different political parties were formed in the country, the passion of the students for the country also began to wane. Then different political unions were born, and the purpose of the student unions was to work for a particular political party. Thus, the attention of students in educational institutions shifted from the development of Pakistan to a particular political party or movement.
With the passage of time, various anti-national movements also emerged in the country. In order to strengthen these movements, they started targeting the students studying in the educational institutions of Pakistan and thus began to advance their anti-national agendas through the students.
Whether these organizations are in the form of communists, or in the form of terrorist organizations like the BLA and the BRA, these organizations spread their ideologies and terrorist beliefs through students studying in Pakistani universities.
Taking the case of Shahdad and Ehsan Baloch, both were killed on 1st May 2020 by security forces. While both were students of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU).
Little has been reported on the nature of the incident. In the aftermath of their death the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a designated terrorist claimed them as their members. They were the ex-students of Quaid-e-Azam University, one of the country’s premier educational institutions. They were admitted to the rolls of the university on quota reserved for the Baluchistan province and had been actively propagating anti-state material from the platform of the Baloch Students Council.
Soon after this incident, Students Solidarity March (SSM) came so openly in the support of the slain activists turned BLA terrorists which not only validated a long-held view of patriots in Pakistan that these leftists are working on a divisive agenda in the country but has also raised question marks on the aims and vision of the SSM, the umbrella organization of the student unions across educational institutions in Pakistan.
Having gone through its manifesto SSM aims to empower student unions and prepare politically active individuals for future leadership of the country. All these seem quite innocuous aims and one would rather agree with them, after all, it’s good to have informed and active political leaders who can really take up social causes. However, this is not the case with the real aims of the SSM. At least, its open support for BLA doesn’t report that.
In fact, it reveals that SSM aims to instill separation and divisiveness. BLA is not an unknown entity, and it has supporters spread across the globe. India is one of its most profound supporters and financier and whenever Pakistan got an upper hand on India in terms of arguments and stakes on Kashmir in International Forums, India would bring up such student’s unisons like Students Solidarity March to defame Pakistan.
There should be a complete ban on such student movements in Pakistan’s educational institutions that seek to harm the country.
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