November 22, 2007
Pakistan: Student Resistance
BY Joe Rubin
Students demonstrate in Lahore.
It has been a little over two weeks since Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf dismissed the country's Supreme Court and declared a state of emergency.
Musharraf has encountered resistance from lawyers, professionals, and ordinary citizens, and from an unexpected place: students at a private college in the city of Lahore. Before the government imposed martial law on November 3, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) was hardly known as a hotbed of activism. Until recently, said one student, you would be more likely to find a passionate debate about an underground Urdu rock band than about politics.