Kinnaird College Lahore reportedly called off an interactive session with playwright Khalil ur Rehman Qamar amid backlash from current students and alumni. The students were of the view that an all-girls college should not invite an individual who openly insults women.
The college’s ‘Centre for Learning and Cultural Development’ had organized an event for Wednesday, January 22. Apart from Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, director Agha Jarar was also one of the invited guests. The event, however was canceled after the students criticized the organizers for ignoring Qamar’s misogynistic remarks.
A faculty member who did not wish to be named, anonymously reported that it was canceled after the students backlash.
“Kinnaird has been working on women empowerment for a 100 years, we can’t let someone with such views conduct sessions,” the faculty member said.
The Criticism Continues
While Meray Pass Tum Ho was liked by many Pakistani drama viewers, there are a growing number of viewers who found it controversial and misogynistic as well. Rehmat Ajmal, the emerging new actress who plays Aisha (Mehwish and Danish’s friend) also recently revealed that she regrets doing Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s project.
“I absolutely do not endorse the concepts and viewpoints of Rehman. I watched his interview and got to know about his problematic views on many things WAY after the project was completed,”
A local woman in Lahore also filed a petition in civil court to halt the screening of the drama’s last episode on grounds that it insults women.
Khalil ur Rehman Qamar who claims to be ‘the biggest feminist of Pakistan’ has always been at the centre of such controversies. Just recently he was lauded with criticism over his ‘anti-women’ suggestions during an interview. The playwright said if women want equality they should abduct a man and rape him.
Not only that but Khalil ur Rehman Qamar was also recently schooled by Tahira Abdullah, a human rights activist, for mansplaining feminism.