Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Pakistan organized a national dialogue on the “Need of Students Union” at a local hotel which was attended by the leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, former student leader and deputy leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Liaquat Baloch, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed and Shabbir Gujjar from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and heads of all student organizations.

At the dialogue, a resolution was also presented stressing the restoration of student unions in the current scenario. The resolution reads, “71% of the total population of Pakistan consists of youth, the central role of the student union is to prepare students for future practical responsibilities, and the ban on student unions has been strongly condemned.

The ban on student unions is against fundamental rights. The resolution demands that in the context of Article 17 of the Constitution of Pakistan, the court decision regarding the union and the speech of the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the National Assembly in 2008, the ban on the student union should be lifted. The Union Elections should be held immediately across the colleges and universities of the country.

The student union is needed in today’s era to prepare future builders among youth, use skills for society, understand the various problems of society, develop leadership skills, improve communication, initiative, consultation, debate and decision-making and help in learning the manners and etiquette of problem-solving. And the resolution demands that the platform of the student union be restored to full four.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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