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Abottabad university accused of ‘obscenity’ for organising concert

Social media campaign blasts the event scheduled for Sunday

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 3, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Posted: Dec 3, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

Photo: COMSATS Abbottabad/website

After two years of coronavirus lockdowns and studying from home, students at the Abbottabad campus of the COMSATS University decided to take a break from all the stress and enjoy a night with music and dance. Unfortunately, their “innocent desire” has been termed “obscene” by some quarters of the society.

The event, a dance and musical programme, has been organised by a students society called the FunKadda. The plans include theatre plays, a musical night, and a concert featuring singer Farhan Saeed. The event has been scheduled for December 5, Sunday.

“We have always had such events at the varsity,” Nasir Ahmed, the media coordinator of COMSATS, told SAMAA Digital. “For the past two years, we were unable to hold the festival because of the coronavirus lockdown.”

According to Ahmed, as per the Higher Education Commission’s policies, a student week is observed at the university every year during which students organise several extracurricular activities such as sports galas and drama week. “It is like a break from studies.”

He said that the backlash against the concert was influenced by a religious students organisation, Islami Jamiat Talaba or IJT.

Twitter has been flooded with tweets and videos denouncing the planned concert. People have called it “anti-Islamic”, “haram”, and “an attack on the moral values of Islam”.

Some Twitter users quoted a recent statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan criticising the western culture.

The student body has put up a number of posters in the city in protest against the concert. One of them reads: “The people who are trying to spread obscenity amongst Muslims are destined to go to hell.”

Another post that is going viral on social media is a video from a sermon. It shows a man, a religious preacher, addressing a group of people.

He says, “This programme arranged by the university allows women and men to dance together…” The man then hurles obscenities at Farhan Saeed. “Imagine that at a university men and women will dance together. This is anti-Islamic.”

However, some people have tweeted in favor of the varsity.

COMSATS’ Ahmed believes that IJT is running a vilification campaign against the university. “If the students were actually against the concert, they would have had complained to the management. We have received no complaint so far.”

He added that the concert will still take place, and the varsity has no plans of canceling it.

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One Comment

  1. Concerned Karachiite  December 3, 2021 7:34 pm/ Reply

    Events like this concert are one of the primary disruptors of the culture of respect and professionalism in academic institutions. Of over 6k complaints of sexual harassment received by FIA Lahore between January and August 2021, the majority were from university and college students being blackmailed by their peers. Also noted by the FIA was the fact that several cases are related to pictures and videos recorded during mixed-gender activities. Relationship-related harassment was also highlighted.
    Any efforts to fix this problem without tackling the causes at its root will be useless.

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