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Law and Politics Society (LPS)
The Law and Politics Society (LPS) is a student organization aimed at encouraging active participation of students in the exchange of ideas with regards to political and legal issues of international and national importance and creating greater awareness among the student body about such issues. It brings together students with interest in politics, law and current affairs hence facilitating mutual interaction between them. The society also provides students with a platform to express their concerns and opinions on the national level. The Law and Politics society boasts an exceptional record of holding monumental guest lectures and discussions involving eminent politicians and personalities from across Pakistan. Moreover, talk shows and TV programs have been organized by LPS in collaboration with news channels like GEO TV and Dawn News on a regular basis in order to provide students with a chance to float their opinions on the national level.
Some of the events which have been held over the past one year include:
- In the beginning of this year, LPS held a Guest Lecture by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate on the topic ‘Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Post-Mumbai Attacks’, which was a resounding success.
- The most recent TV Shows organized by LPS include a student based program held on LUMS Campus by DAWN News as part of the channel’s special series ‘US Elections and their impact on Pakistan’ and another program held with GEO TV by the name of ‘Pachaas Minute’ with the topic ‘Military Operation in FATA’.
- On 3rd November 2008, LPS held an event to commemorate the students’ year long efforts for the restoration of judiciary in the country. Besides speeches by students and LUMS faculty members including Rasul Baksh Rais (Political Analyst and Professor) and Moeen Cheema (Law Professor), documentaries were also screened.
- A Guest Lecture by Mr. Ahmed Rashid, the Pakistani author of the No.1 New York Times Best Seller ‘Taliban,’ was held in context of the Marriott blast. The topic was ‘Understanding the “Chaos”: Ahmed Rashid puts the current war on terror into context.’ Eminent personalities including Ms. Asma Jehangir, Mr. Shehryar Khan (ex-ambassador), Mr. Najam Sethi and Ms. Ayesha Siddiqa were present in the audience.
- A guest lecture by Ms. Marvi Memon, a recently elected MNA, on the responsibilities of a democratic elected parliament. Students had a very interactive session with her, questioning her on many of their unfilled promises.
- This year LPS started a discussion forum with our Professor of Social Sciences, Mr. Aasim Sajjad, by the name of ‘Aasim Sajjad ki Baithak’ An instant hit with the students, these baithaks provided students with a platform to discuss topics ranging from ‘The crisis in Baluchistan’ to ‘Friends or Foes of Pakistan?’
- A Guest lecture by Mr. Imran Khan, Chairman PTI, was held the night emergency was imposed. Inviting of such an important political figure at such a crucial timing was highly appreciated by the LUMS student body and faculty.
- Guest lecture by prominent journalist and political analyst, Mr. Talat Hussein, along with LUMS faculty members.
- Guest lecture by Mr. Anwar Kamal, President Lahore High Court Bar Associations and prominent journalist Mr. Ejaz Haider along with LUMS faculty members on the topic ‘Election 2008’.
- Guest lecture by Justice Jawad S. Khawaja, senior judge at the Lahore High Court, who resigned in protest over the first dismissal of CJ Iftikhar Ch in March 2007. The event was covered by Business Plus.
- Coordinated and peaceful on-campus student rallies/sit-ins against the imposition of emergency and the subsequent sacking of the superior judiciary by the then government on November 3rd 2007.
- Holding of vigils to show our silent protest on incidents like US bombing in FATA and recent Israeli massacre in Gaza has been frequent over the year.
- Regular publication of The Political Animal, a bi-annual current affairs magazine managed by LPS and consisting of contributions by students.