When the General comes knocking…

This is an incident report sent in by Aliha about the Presidents visit to KU and how they day was disturbed. The views expressed in this post are of Aliha and do *not* represent the views of the author (myself).

The president visited the H.E.J Institute of Chemistry on Monday. Before his visit, the institute is sealed off to everyone (except authorized personnel i believe), and security agents with Alsatian Dogs start sweeping the area. No cell phones were allowed within the premises, and if anyone was caught using them, the cellphones were confiscated. Each person was checked throughly by the security detail whereas in normal days, no one cares who comes in or not. Each and every lab was checked, even if it was locked. Since H.E.J is a chemistry research institute, it contains a lot of dangerous chemicals, which were removed overnight to some other location far from where the president would be staying.

“Everyone was so furious that it seemed that not a president but a earthquake or something like monster was coming.”

My personal view on this incident is 1) The visit of the president usually means grant money for the institute, which generally helps out everyone. 2) With all the attempts on his life, the security arrangement mentioned by Aliha were not even CLOSE to what there should’ve been and 3) The security is pretty much useful for the students/staff as well, since if something (a bomb or something) was placed within the premises, they are the ones who would not have a place to study/work anymore.

13 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    The guy had so many suicidal attempts can you blame him??

    Even Bush, Blair or any leader of the country has similar if not less safety measures ,,, I fail to see wht is the big freakin deal??!!!

  2. turab (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    The guy had so many suicidal assasination attempts can you blame him??

    Even Bush, Blair or any leader of the country has similar if not less safety measures ,,, I fail to see wht is the big freakin deal??!!!

  3. Bozz (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    Mansoor I must commend you for looking at the bigger picture. Well done on your observations and opinion.

  4. Farhan (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

    We should get used to all these security arrangements by now

  5. suhail (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

    I fail to understand why people even raise this issue so much? if someone does not like Mushy ,or bibi, of NS or others…then just say so frankly. why raise an issue of security and sound illogical. The world is a dangerous place now …and remember we lost three of our caliphs due to lack of security. Talking specifically of Pakistan, we have lost One Prime Minister. one president (Plane crash) all due to laps in security measures. So what exactly is those people’s problem who criticize these safety precautions? lack of knowledge? or some political motives?

  6. Yahya (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    “The guy had so many suicidal attempts can you blame him??”

    With so much disruption to people, can you blame the suicide bombers? :)

    Seriously though;

    1. Institutions should get regular grants based on their needs and not based on when and how many times a head of state visits. This is reminiscent of the old colonial ways and must be get ridden off.

    2 & 3. Not sure why he needs to visit even. Let everyone over there do their work without hindrance and not waste any of their time. General should find some other past time to keep him occupied.

  7. HA (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    I happen to know quite a few people working in HEJ and it wasnt so much the security which irked the faculty members – it was the derogatory behavior of the security personnel towards even the most senior faculty members.

    Obviously, everyone understands the need for security but when you are hauled and pushed around by security personnel who are really rude and who treat you like ur about to blow the place up any second, then one can imagine why people complain.

  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

    if this dictator is so much fearful of his life then why make the lives of other people miserable why not just go under ground in a bunker and use a live video link to inagurate and address at different ocassions and events? without him visiting all these places won’t make a lot of difference would it? so he better stay away for the sake of common people…(but Alas who cares for the common public anyway!)

  9. turab (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 12:26 am

    doctor such a childish comment is rather bizzare..
    how do u expect him to run the country by going under ground?

  10. ash (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 3:18 am

    If a bomb had gone off that day aliha wouldve known exactly what an “earthquake or monster” feels like. I think she wouldve looked back and complained that there was no security just a bunch of dogs and cell phone restrictions.

  11. Gen.PHATTU Musharraf (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 5:18 am

    hahhaa! jis mulk ka ruler jo ke army chief hey aur muslim hona ka dawa bhe karta hay itna PHATTU ho tu us mulk k logo ko us foj se koi tawaqa nahi rakhni chahiye.

    Zia ul haq sala bhe ayse he security rakhta tha par dekh kia kuttay ko mout mara hay k qabar me sirf uska Jabra(jaw) dafan hay.

    kia musharaf aur dosra rulers ye samjh bethe hain k wo itni security me hone se mout se bach sakte hain? Allah kahta he k chahye tum saat pardoun me chup jao mey mout doun ga but jab imaan k kamzoori ho tu aysa he hota hay. ye salay phutto ek ghareeb sa zyda miserable neend sote hain ,tsk tsk. aysa na mard rulers ko sarak par sari pehnakar bheek mangwani chahye. musharraf ka bush aur blair se comparison bilkul theek hey, teenoun dahshat gard aur apni awam se lanat khata rahta hain.

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 11:40 am

    doctor: oh come ONNNN! u did NOT say that?! rule from a bunker?! thats absurd!

    ash: agreed.. its all a matter of perspective

  13. turab (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    Long Live Mushi
    Long Live Pakistan
    Long Live Karachi

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