Wanker-in-chief Zaid Hamid's arrival on March 6 (Saturday) at the Islamia College University in Peshawar for a Wake Up Pakistan pep rally (i.e. his usual pompous drivel) was met not only by strong vocal protests from a range of student groups (including the Peoples Students' Federation, the Pakhtun Students' Federation and even the Jamiat) but his car was also apparently stoned and some students even attempted to beat him up. Some reports also claimed a bout of aerial firing. Here is a clip of what happened inside the woefully named Takbeer Hall (posted obviously by an acolyte wanker):
One of the student protestors, Idrees Kamal, had this to say to Dawn in the protestors' defence:
“We have already suffered a lot due to the suicide bombers and militants and do not want those promoting the extremists.”
I'm not usually someone who condones such tactics against people whose opinion one disagrees with. But in this case, it's fair enough as far I'm concerned. Since chauvinists like Zaid Hamid talk only in terms of violence and genocide, keep proclaiming their fondness for militaristic solutions and attempt to shout down all voices opposing them or sneakily denigrate them as unpatriotic, about time that they get a taste of their own medicine.
One must also keep in mind the circumstances of this pep rally. According to all local sources, Zaid Hamid was invited by the university's chancellor, the NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, and was provided VIP security protocol by plainclothes law enforcement and intelligence personnel. (Oh yeah, it's so much easier to 'Wake Up Pakistan' with the intelligence agencies at your back, isn't it Zaid, Maria and Ali?) What exactly is Mr Ghani up to? Why is a madman receiving such official patronage? Haven't we seen enough of the consequences of backing such unhinged demagogues? It is to the credit of the student bodies that they resisted this obviously establishmentarain attempt to build up this charlatan.
Here is Dawn's report and here is The News' report on the fracas. And here is a slightly more detailed local report from KhyberWatch.
My only disappointments about the whole episode were as follows:
1. That Zaid Hamid did NOT get beaten up
2. That he DID manage to deliver his drivel nonetheless
3. That, according to The News' report, some of the protestors called him a "controversial scholar."
If he's a "scholar", my pet snail is one too. And both leave equal amounts of slime in their wake.