Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who was to speak at an event of London University tomorrow has been denied the chance to do so over protest fears. The event was scheduled at one of the university’s leading institutions, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). According to Dawn, the event would have been a question-answer based session on topics related to war against terrorism, Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification and 1999 takeover.
Opponents of Musharraf objected to the event at the university and was an attempt to deny the former Pakistan leader did not get a platform to address people. It was feared that the event might be disrupted due to protests. However, the SOAS clearly pointed out that the event was never cancelled since it was never booked properly and the institution was neither involved in organising or cancelling the event.
The Facebook page of Pakistan Solidarity Campaign UK suggests a different picture showing that the university had come under pressure due to the event. Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League central information secretary Sam Ali Dada said that the comments are untrue and the university has not cancelled the event but postponed it because there were people who wanted to attend it as the retired General is in London for a week.