The Government College University Lahore on Wednesday established the
Palestine Society to initiate a youth movement against human rights
violations and atrocities of Israeli forces.
The announcement to establish the Society was made by GCU
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi while addressing a symposium on "human rights violations in Palestine and Kashmir" at the University's
Addressing the Symposium, Punjab Minister for Housing and Urban
Development Mian Mehmood ur Rashid said the young generation is now
more aware and concerned, and they had already proved that they would
not give up the fight until the oppression of the Palestinian and
Kashmir are over.
On social media, millions of people from around the globe condemned
Israel's deadly attacks and repeated violations of Palestinian human
rights and international law, he added.
The minister explained the religious, historical, and geographical
importance of Palestine, and stated that the only acceptable solution
would be according to the geographical status of 1966.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Zaidi said that GCU would offer admission to
around 10 Palestine students, max two in any department, under the
scholarship programme of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC)
for the Palestinians. He added that all 500 Palestinian students coming
to Pakistan for studies would gather at GCU for one week of orientation
and social networking before joining their respective universities in
different parts of the country.
Prof. Zaidi announced that the Punjab Governor Ch. Muhammad Sarwar has
been invited to become the joint patron-in-chief of GCU Palestine
Society, as he has always been one of the strongest voices for the
people of Palestine in the world.
Besides advocacy and awareness campaigns, the GCU Palestine Society
would also document the violations of Palestinian human rights and
international law. the Vice-Chancellor said.
Addressing via video link, COMSTECH Coordinator General Prof. M. Iqbal
Chaudhry said Palestine's educational institutions, from schools to
universities, are also victims of Israeli airstrikes along with the
killing and arresting of many teachers and students. He called upon the
leaders of Muslim countries to provide support and educational
opportunities to the youth of Palestine.
Eminent journalist Salman Ghani also addressed the seminar held under
the auspices of GCU Kashmir Society.
The seminar was followed by a peace walk which was led by Punjab
Minister Mian Mehmood ur Rashid and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Zaidi.