Editor’s Note: Past Resistance Paves Way for the Future

Editor’s Note: Past Resistance Paves Way for the Future

This week, The Students’ Herald is recalling two tragic events from our country’s history. The first event is the military coup led by General Ziaul Haq against the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The second event is the demise of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder of this country, and a staunch defender of democracy. Continue reading “Editor’s Note: Past Resistance Paves Way for the Future”

‘To Remain Silent is to Die’: Poetry as Resistance during the Zia Era

‘To Remain Silent is to Die’: Poetry as Resistance during the Zia Era

Maryam Mirza

There is a strange melancholy in reminiscing about Zia ul Haq’s era. Strange because I, as a mind and body, have not lived through it – yet the historical memory of the dictatorial regime remains omnipresent in almost every facet of the Pakistani experience – including the country’s artistic evolution. Despite massive wide scale suppression of resistant voices, the amount of literary, intellectual and artistic work that has recorded rebellion and censorship during the Zia era is unparalleled to another period in Pakistan’s history. Despite state active efforts to shun critical speech, it was through the words of brave and revolutionary writers that today the modern citizen recognises his governance as a crucial turning point in the country’s politics and social life. Continue reading “‘To Remain Silent is to Die’: Poetry as Resistance during the Zia Era”

Letter of support for the Student Action Committee (SAC) from the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.

Letter of support for the Student Action Committee (SAC) from the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.

The Students’ Herald

In the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities we support the fight for free and equal education for all, and as such we support the ongoing student protests in Pakistan led by the SAC. We support the students’ right to unionize and we ask that their voices be heard. Continue reading “Letter of support for the Student Action Committee (SAC) from the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.”

Razing the Fortress of Oppression

Razing the Fortress of Oppression

Maryam Shakeel

“Yeh Hisaar-e-Sitam Koi Tou Giraye Ga”

In the wake of the global pandemic, Balochistan’s educational system is once again under the siege of various catastrophic limitations. Students of Balochistan lack proper internet facilities and are struggling to save their future. On June 23, Progressive Students Collective along with several other student groups organized a Student Solidarity Protest which took place in all major cities of Pakistan, including Quetta and Loralai. Once again, the streets echoed with slogans of peaceful protestors demanding their rights. Despite the state’s hostility towards non-violent protestors, students offered an inspiring resistance. The role played by women activists, in particular, is worth mentioning. Continue reading “Razing the Fortress of Oppression”

Online education is the future, so what holds it back?

Online education is the future, so what holds it back?

Taqveem Warraich

What was once impossible appears to be a new reality today. Man has always been in a state of war against nature and has seemingly evolved and helped in making this world more liveable than before. Pandemics or any other calamity is merely an opportunity for humans to respond and reflect on new challenges and showcase their abilities to cope. The world is now shifting towards a ‘new normal’ and, of course, the transformation is not devoid of pits and potholes. Continue reading “Online education is the future, so what holds it back?”

Pandemic, Nature and Technology

Pandemic, Nature and Technology

Usama Malick

A pandemic is commonly defined as the worldwide spread of a novel disease. If we look in the hindsight, we will get to have a number of accounts of gory pandemics that ravaged the human lives beyond the ken of many an intellect such as ‘Black Death’—that reportedly wiped out over half of Europe’s population — and ‘Spanish Flu’—which nigh 500 million people fell victim to and the morbidity rate was also very alarming. Besides these, history has been a witness to many other pandemics including ‘Asian Flu’ and ‘AIDS’. Asian Flu claimed more than one million lives across the globe and Aids claimed nearly 35 million lives ever since it was first identified. Continue reading “Pandemic, Nature and Technology”

Why the culture of corporal punishment must end

Why the culture of corporal punishment must end

Saba Chaudhary

Child abuse and corporal punishment is very serious issue that needs to be addressed. Recently, on the plea of celebrity activist Shehzad Roy, the Islamabad High Court banned corporal punishment in schools, but this ruthless practice sadly still exists in some institutions. And it is rampant in small towns and underprivileged areas. Children in rural areas of Pakistan are already victims of everyday punishment by being denied their basic right and quality education. The education system in Pakistan needs an overhaul as it has become only a money-making machine that even if you don’t pay them fee timely they punish you. Instead of nurturing brilliant minds, children are desensitized to this kind of abuse and this culture of normalizing toxic practices keeps haunting coming generations. Continue reading “Why the culture of corporal punishment must end”

Healthcare Crises in AJK

Healthcare Crises in AJK

Rehan Toqeer

Though the healthcare system is not ideal anywhere in Pakistan, but the situation in its administered territory of AJK paints a very bleak picture. The health care system here has been neglected over the years by successive governments to a point where standards of health care delivery are almost non-existent here. They have never made any attempt to improve the situation and deliver affordable and quality health care to the general public. As a result, the healthcare system is in shambles here in AJK. The fragility existing across the entire health sector of AJK has been glaringly exposed by this pandemic. As the corona virus is spreading its tentacles here in AJK now, the shoddy infrastructure of existing hospitals is entirely incapable to handle the situation and is almost near to exhaustion now. Continue reading “Healthcare Crises in AJK”

Teach Us Our History

Teach Us Our History

Sohaib Rehmani

“The Khilafat movement in the Indian subcontinent proved to be a great success,” were the exact lines read from our textbook by our Pakistan studies teacher in my second year of FSC. This was in clear cut contrast to what I had studied in the compulsory O level Pakistan Studies subject that everyone in Pakistan has to take to study here, which explained how Khilafat movements failed to achieve their objectives. Continue reading “Teach Us Our History”

Flaws in our democratic system

Flaws in our democratic system

Mahnoor Bajwa

The subcontinent was ruled by the British using a democratic system. Muslims tried hard to attain a separate homeland and succeeded on August 14, 1947. Newly existing state due to lack of proper structure painted their way of governing (democracy) upon themselves. It’s the system in which the majority of the people choose their representatives through general elections. Basically, the main purpose of this system is to know about the needs and problems of country men and solve them by using appropriate methods to raise the living standards of people as well as the standard of state in the whole world. It’s the best and the most successful way of governing but unfortunately, it is not successful in Pakistan as it should be. Continue reading “Flaws in our democratic system”