LUMS issues apology to Asad Umar for cancelling speech

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 2:50:24 by


The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) management on Tuesday issued an apology for cancelling a scheduled talk by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Asad Umar.

On its official website, the university stated that Umar’s was cancelled as it “breached agreed policy”.

“The Law and Politics Society at LUMS had requested permission to invite Mr. Asad Umar to come and speak on his journey from the corporate sector to politics. This permission was granted in accordance with LUMS long-standing policy that events on campus should be educational and follow a disciplined and rule governed approach in the pursuit of knowledge,” it said.

“Posters not approved by the Office of Student Affairs were put up all over campus in which his event appeared to have been converted primarily into a political rather than educational event in breach of the agreed policy. It was therefore decided to cancel Mr. Asad Umar’s speech,” the statement added.
“LUMS regrets the inconvenience caused to Mr. Asad Umar by the cancellation of the event. LUMS also recognizes that it would have been preferable to contact Mr. Umar prior to the cancellation so as to clarify the nature of his speech. Mr. Asad Umar is welcome to come and speak on the LUMS campus at any time, albeit in accordance with our policies regarding public events.”

Earlier, Asad Umar had lamented over the cancellation of his speech on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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