Kinnaird College for Women drops session with Khalil ur Rehman Qamar
Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore has reportedly called off an interactive session with famous playwright Khalil ur Rehman Qamar after severe backlash from its students.
The interactive session was organized by Kinnaird College’s Centre for Learning and Cultural Development on January 22, 2020, at 11 am which was called off after extreme criticism.
According to Geo News, the backlash came from the current students of the college as well as its alumni, after the recent controversy surrounding Khalil ur Rehman’s infamous views on feminism and his definition of a woman based on her character.
Other than Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, director Agha Jarar was also among the guests invited for the talk.
#Lahore: The famed #KinnairdCollege For Women called off an interactive session with #TV #drama writer #khalilurrehmanqamar — someone who claims to be "the biggest feminist of #Pakistan" — reportedly after a severe backlash from its students. (#GeoNews Reporting) #MerePaasTumHo pic.twitter.com/JZ9kAqZVy4
— Khalid Mahmood Khalid (@samaylive) January 23, 2020
After this news surfaced on social media, people are praising the all-girls college for taking this step.
Finally kinnaird did something appreciable! Today KRQ was invited as a guest speaker to our clg but then due to some unavoidable circumstances it was postponed Cmon guys have the guts to say that you did wanted to invite a problematic person in a girls college #MerayPaasTumHo
— istandwithkashmir (@deejzx) January 22, 2020
Reportedly, an unnamed faculty member said that the college has been working on women empowerment for 100 years and they cannot let someone with such views conduct the session.
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Kinnaird College for Women University cancelled an interactive session with playwright Khalilur Rehman Qamar amid backlash from current and former students who were of the opinion that an all-girls college should not invite an individual who openly practices misogyny. The college’s Centre for Learning and Cultural Development had organised an event featuring Khalilur Rehman Qamar and director Agha Jarar which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, but it was cancelled after the students criticised the organisers for ignoring Qamar’s misogynistic remarks and the controversial portrayal of women in his plays. . . . . #khalilurrehman #khalilurrehmanqamar #kinnairdcollege #kc #merepasstumho #mpth #ayezakhanofficial #mehwish #danish #feminist #humayunsaeed #hiramani #adnansiddiqui #pakistanistudents
Khalil ur Rehman Qamar once again became the center of attention on social media after he was schooled by famous human rights activist Tahira Abdullah on feminism.
Recently, a woman in Lahore has also filed a petition in a civil court against the screening of Mere Paas Tum Ho Last Episode in cinemas, pleading that it portrays women in a negative way.
Rehmat Ajmal, who plays Aisha in MPTH, also expressed her views on Khalil ur Rehman’s comments on women and regrets being a part of his drama.
Starring Humayun Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui and Ayeza Khan in the lead, Nadeem Baig’s directorial Mere Paas Tum Ho has broken all records of popularity and ratings but, it has also got its fair share of controversy.
The big finale of MPTH will be screened on 25th January 2020 simultaneously in cinemas and on television.
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