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Published:March 21st, 2010 10:20 EST
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UET Student Killed By Fanatics Over Playing Music

By Ernest Dempsey

A week ago, a final year student named Adnan was fatally assaulted in a hostel in the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology (UET). Newspapers reported that Adnan was playing music in his hostel when a group of Islamic fundamentalist students invaded his room and ordered him against enjoying music. Upon his resistance, the attackers hit him and one blow with a wicket (a wooden post used in cricket) caused him serious brain damage. After spending a week in coma in the hospital, Adnan died on Saturday (March 20, 2010).

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Adnan`s brutal murder by fanatics sparked an angry reaction from his supporters and fellow students who are long fed up with the coercive excesses of the student wing of fundamentalist Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami. Roads were blocked and tires burnt on road and a lot of uproar continues in Peshawar to this moment. The universities are closed and exams of some classes delayed. But the administration is meaningfully silent despite the bloody scene on campus. Why is it so impossibly hard in Pakistan to check fundamentalist terrorism? Is the administration helpless before the political clout of fanatics? Or is it that the administration does not care?

In any case, a young man lost his life upon refusing to give in to terrorist mindset in an institution of higher learning. He is not coming back. It will certainly be a big shame if the terrorists responsible for his death ever return to the institution. And the shame will be on....well, we know well who will bear this shame!