#PakArmyHelpStudents trending as students invoke army leadership's help

05:05 PM | 4 Jul, 2021
#PakArmyHelpStudents trending as students invoke army leadership's help
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LAHORE – As matric and intermediate board exams are around the corner, Twitter is flooded with tweets from students who are requesting the Pakistan Army to intervene and have the exams cancelled.

Students of all boards have demanded that top army officials discuss the matter with the education ministry and the National Command and Operation Centre since the federal education minister and other relevant authorities have turned down their requests to cancel the exams.

In an online campaign, #PakArmyHelpStudents, which is trending with more than 125,000 tweets, students have asked Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISPR DG Major General Babar Iftikhar to intervene and settle the issue as no government official has responded to their demands. Some students even mentioned former ISPR DG Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor.

The Pakistan Army will never ignore the difficulties of the students, a tweet said. Another reads, "It's a humble request to General Qamar Javed Bajwa to help students as we are in a huge phase of depression and anxiety, please help us."

Much akin to the earlier episodes, many of the students cited uncertainty for the academic year. Others said educational institutions remained closed amid the Covid second and third wave, due to which online classes were conducted only for a short period.

"If physical classes were not held then why are physical exams being taken?" a student questioned. Others said, "How could authorities announce exams without consulting students?"

Here are some of the reactions from the protesting students:

https://twitter.com/ChAqib015/status/1411640448649678850

https://twitter.com/ShahViews/status/1411640090712027139

https://twitter.com/cheeky394/status/1411638292492296196

It seems students don't want to make any appeal to Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood who announced recently that nobody would be promoted without exams this year.

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