Written by: Usama Amir
Recently, a professor of Quaid-e-Azam University wrote a column in the context of closure of the university as a result of fierceful outbreak between two ethnic councils that are his own trained ethnic council. But on this occasion too, becoming an example of ‘Khisiani Billi Khamba Noche’, the Islami Jamiat Talaba started facing objections and baseless accusations by him. Contrarily he was should have talked about the destruction of peace in the university, cause of injuries to many students, condemning the actions of the linguistic councils and should have talked about love, tolerance and co-existence, but once again it is a hollow and false ‘liberalism’ that revealed his face.
Perhaps it is the envy of Islami Jamiat Talaba’s discipline, continuous success and popularity among the students, which leads to gratify the ego by creating a fabricated history by turning away from the facts. However, it is necessary to look at the mirror on this occasion, in which the bright chapter of the history of student resistance can be seen and decided who resisted imprisonment, state oppression and dictatorial tyranny.
Those who accuse the Jamiat of rising under Zia should know that before Zia-ul-Haq dictatorship, IJT had won union elections under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s reign and who does not know that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was one of the ideological opponents of the Jamiat . And it is not hidden that what was his attitude towards political opponents. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Dr. Nazir was martyred when he could not shut his mouth, Balochistan’s Abdul Samad Khan was martyred, while the then leader of the opposition, Abdul Wali Khan, was put behind bars. Even during his tenure, Jamiat won the union elections despite severe adverse conditions and Bhutto’s dream of making his organization successful could not be fulfilled.
During the tenure of General Zia-ul-Haq, the Jamiat again achieved nationwide success in the Union’s elections. But the country’s dictator banned the student union based on the dynamic role of student movements. And when the Jamiat started a nationwide resistance movement against Zia-ul-Haq for the fundamental rights of the student community, the then President of IJT, Meraj ud din Khan faced the punishment of whips. The members of IJT were imprisoned and state restricted them from taking admissions in universities placed on university admissions.
Meanwhile, the shameful role of left-wing organizations is also a part of history. Newspapers of that period are preserved. From which the entire imagery of that period is possible. President of the Punjab University Union of that era, Honorable Amir ul Azim Sahib, has published a detailed description of it in a column. Apart from a few protests in Karachi, the left-wing organizations have kept a watchful eye on the situation.
Anyway, the history does not end here the Jamiat also won the elections held in Punjab during the Benazir government in the nineties after Zia-ul-Haq. After that, there have been governments of PML(N), People’s Party and PTI, but no one could reduce the popularity of Jamiat.
Therefore, it is necessary that instead of turning a blind eye to the facts, understand your real mistakes, avoid baseless accusations and try to increase your stature by serving students in the field of action. Perhaps in this way, it will help to understand the role of Islamic Jamiat Talaba and the correct analysis of it. This is the only way by which the signs of the point of exalted destination can be seen!