LAHORE – The top Pakistani university – LUMS – tenders a sincere apology to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s leader Asad Umar for cancelling his speech on campus citing that event was market as a political gathering.
Asad Umar – veteran business tycoon turned politician and lawmaker – had also expressed his concern stating that “The most ironic part is that I served on the board of trustees of LUMS for five years and now suddenly i am a threat to campus peace” (sic).
LUMS management, however maintained in a letter to Asad Umar that the politician’s talk was cancelled as it “breached agreed policy”.
“Posters not approved by the Office of Student Affairs were put up all over campus in which his event appeared to have been converted primarily into a political rather than educational event in breach of the agreed policy. It was therefore decided to cancel Mr. Asad Umar’s speech,” the statement says.
“LUMS regrets the inconvenience caused to Mr. Asad Umar by the cancellation of the event. LUMS also recognises that it would have been preferable to contact Mr. Umar prior to the cancellation so as to clarify the nature of his speech. Mr. Asad Umar is welcome to come and speak on the LUMS campus at any time, albeit in accordance with our policies regarding public events,” it read further.
The talk had been sponsored by the university’s Law and Politics Society, and the management said had been earlier approved as “permission was granted in accordance with LUMS long-standing policy that events on campus should be educational and follow a disciplined and rule governed approach in the pursuit of knowledge”.
However, Asad Umar seems not be vilified from this cancellation and stated “now those who were planning to attend the LUMS seminar should come to lalik chowk at eight pm tomorrow” (sic).