School students forced to attend PML-N rally

School administrators threatened to mark students absent if they did not attend the rally, say students.

Express November 22, 2011

GUJRANWALA: Government school students in Gujranwala were forced to take part in the rally held by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday Express 24/7 reported.

In order to make the rally at Jinnah Stadium a success, the local administration ordered the heads of all government schools to send students of grades 8, 9 and 10 to the rally, but not dressed in their uniforms. However, the plan was accidentally exposed when a large number of students reached the rally in their school uniforms.

According to Express 24/7 reporter Rabia Mehmood, teachers with banners from the Muslim Teacher Association were also present at the rally, which was likely affiliated with the PML-N.

Students told reporters that they were asked by the school to attend the rally after changing out of their uniforms at home, but most of them reached the venue directly without changing. They added that school administrators threatened to mark students absent if they did not attend the rally. They also complained that they were not properly looked after and there were no arrangements either for food, drinks or security at the rally.

According to reports, heads of schools said that they were not threatened to take this step. PML-N leaders addressing the rally said they had no idea about this plan. The District Coordination Officer (DCO) could not be reached for comments.

The PML-N had earlier claimed that the rally would have more than 25,000 participants and would be led by former federal minister Ghulam Dastgir and his son Khurram Dastgir.

This rally was reported to be a part of the preparation for a grand rally on November 25.


Nadeem | 9 years ago | Reply

I wouldn't expect anything positive from PML(n), sparing SS's wholehearted efforts of course. I dont doubt the sincerity of any of policical parties, but PML(n) in specific , lack the long term strategic vision for Pakistan! and this is clear if one looks at their hisotry of lack of efforts for socio-policitcal integration, focus on 'give money to people' rather than 'manage public resources', and inherrent punjab-centered approach in all spheres.

EK | 9 years ago | Reply


of course they are happy, what else a young student wants but off the school for a day. I am witness myself. In Islamabad, from a private school (owner and principal was from N-league) and would used to take us for N gatherings.

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