“We are Pakistani, and Pakistan is ours”, AMU students stir controversy, two students booked

On the one hand, students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) talk about “Save Constitution”, on the other hand, they share ‘pro-Pakistan‘ posts on social media.

In a shocking development, two students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have been booked by police for allegedly ‘pro-Pakistan’ posts on social media on the occasion of Eid.

Both students were identified as Sheikh Arfat and Shakib Rasool Bhat, who study in Aligarh Muslim University. A Hindu activist Deepak Sharma Azad has accused both students of sharing anti-India and pro-Pakistan posts on their Facebook page and demanded action from the police administration for the same.

Azad said that both these students have called Pakistan as their ‘own country’. In a way, the two AMU students have tried to incite Indian Muslims against India. Sharing screenshots of these posts Azad said that the police should take stringent action against such anti-nationals at the earliest so that other such elements could also be taught a lesson.

They shared ‘anti-India’ post and captioned it, “Eid means happiness and happiness is Pak.” When a social media user named Jeevan Jyoti asked Shakib Rasool Bhat, “Why Pakistan?”, Sheikh Arfat came forward to answer her question, she said, “Kyuki, Pakistan humara hai, hum Pakistani hai (Because Pakistan is ours and we are Pakistani).”

On the basis of the complaint, UP police have registered a case under sections 153-A, 153-B, Information Technology Amendment Act 2008 and 66-D against the two students and started an investigation into the matter.

Which country will these student sides if a war breaks out between India and Pakistan? Will they support Pakistan during the war between Indian and Pakistan? We can infer from their posts that they will support Pakistan.

This is, however, not the first time students of the University have made anti-national. Earlier, an FIR was registered against Basim Hilal, a student of the Aligarh Muslim University, for his tweet over Pulwama attack. Hilal was later suspended by his university.

Recently, AMU student leader Farhan Zuberi was arrested for provoking people for holding protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act protest. Superintendent of police (SP) (city), Abhishek, said, “Zuberi was a wanted criminal and been remanded to judicial custody. Eleven cases are lodged against Zuberi at the Civil Lines police station.”

During the violence, the clash took place between students and police in which students pelted stones at the police. 

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.