Samad Khurram: Harvard Student Refuses Award from U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan

Posted on July 11, 2008
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Adil Najam

(ATP Note: On July 11, 2008, Samad Khurram broke his public silence on this episode in an op-ed published in The News. This post has been updated to include the op-ed in full, at the end of the post).

Samad Khurram

Islamabad, from where I write this, is abuzz with talk about Samad Khurram, the Pakistani student currently at Harvard University, who snubbed the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, by refusing to shake her hand or accept an award for Pakistani students from the Roots Academy – a top-notch private school – who are studying in leading U.S. universities.

Washington should also be paying close attention to what Samad Khurram is saying. Because what he is saying is reflective of the public mood in Paksitan much more than what they are hearing from the government – either from Gen. Musharraf or from Asif Ali Zardari and Co.

First, the relevant details of the event from Daily Times:

Pakistani student Samad Khurram refused to accept an award of academic excellence from United States Ambassador Anne Patterson on Wednesday, in protest against the US bombing in Mohmand Agency last week and its support of President Pervez Musharraf, who he said was an unconstitutional president and had destroyed Pakistan’s judicial institution. Patterson, who was due to present the award during a ceremony at the National Art Gallery, said she regretted the attacks, which were “a terrible misunderstanding”. Khurram returned peacefully and did not talk to reporters. The academic excellence award was being given to him for his admission to Harvard, a world distinction in thinking skills, a regional distinction in chemistry and 7 A grades in A level.

The reason Washington should be very very concerned about this incident is not just because it is a bureaucratic snub. It is because of who Samad Khurram is, who he represents and why such an action by someone like him is such a significant indicator of just how low U.S. support in Pakistan has become.

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Before the story is spun out of control by those in the U.S. or the Paksitani media let us be clear on who Samad Khurram is not. He is not a religious zealot or a would-be supporter of any fanatic group. Indeed, he is quite the opposite. He is a liberal, probably secular, certainly modern, clearly democratic, apparently idealistic, and high-achievingly brilliant young man who dreams of a Pakistan molded in democratic, liberal, progressive and humanistic values. He is exactly the type of young man that the U.S. would and should be courting. They obviously are courting him, and it is obviously not working.

Samad Khurram is an active member of the Student Action Committee (SAC) which has been actively protesting with the lawyers movement for the restoration of the judiciary and removal of military rule from Pakistan. He was last in the news in Pakistan just a week ago when he along with other SAC protestors were beaten up by activists from the Islami-Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) – the student wing of the Jamaat-i-Islami – in a political scuffle on the judiciary issue in Lahore. He is a regular columnist for the Harvard University student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, where he has also written on Pakistan politics and why the U.S. should dump Gen. Musharraf.

The point that the U.S. needs to understand is that it never had a chance to influence the fanatics and bomb-throwers, but the consistent U.S. support for dictators like Gen. Pervez Musharraf and U.S. political manipulations including on the issues of a free judiciary and a continuing lack of respect for the lives of innocent Pakistanis living in the Northern Areas – where U.S. drones have been indiscriminately killing ordinary citizens and, most recently, Pakistani soldiers – has now made the U.S. policies as untenable amongst progressive and democratic forces.

Note with care what Samad Khurram said. He did not ask for Shariah, or claim support for the Taliban, or throw out a religious manifesto. He asked for the most basic of basic values that the U.S. proclaims for itself: dignity of innocent civilian life (regularly trampled by U.S. drones in teh Northern Areas), democracy (consistently disregarded through U.S. support for a military dictatorship), and respect for law (set aside by U.S. opposition to – or at least lack of support – for the ousted judiciary).

What he is saying is what so many Pakistanis have been saying. That the U.S. will not be respected if its actions defy its own words. It will certainly not be respected if it continues to kill innocent Pakistanis through its indiscriminate drones. Maybe its time that the U.S. begins to listen to the Pakistani people rather than to a few “leaders” who have become so very adept at telling the U.S. exactly what it wants to hear.

UPDATE: Samad Khurram’s Op-Ed in The News (July 11, 2008):

Standing up for your country

Continuous air strikes on Pakistani territory and repeated intrusions of Pakistani airspace by US-led coalition forces in stark violation of international norms and customs have troubled Pakistanis across the country. These are very similar to US interventions in the political sphere of our country, where elected leaders are constantly bombarded by the Negropontes and Bouchers of this world. A combination of US geopolitical interests in the region and incompetent leaders unable to say “no” to a global superpower, have seriously undermined Pakistan’s physical and political sovereignty.

It is disgraceful for Pakistanis to have their most important decisions being made in Washington and not Islamabad. Pakistanis, for instance, are vehemently opposed to the unconstitutional actions of Nov 3 by Pervez Musharraf and have rejected him and his King’s Party in the Feb 18 election. A recent poll by the International Republican Institute suggested that 81 percent of Pakistanis want Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry reinstated. Already the compromised political process is unable to function properly and the elected leaders are still unable to fulfil their pre-election promises. When the US constantly praises Musharraf, issues statements calling him a constitutional president, or when the Bouchers and Negropontes try and influence every political decision in this country, it becomes obvious to people just who is pulling the strings in their homeland.

Direct US actions have led to the deaths of many innocent Pakistanis, of the country’s constitution, of rule of law and of the political process in Pakistan.

A few days before an academic excellence award was to be awarded to me by Roots School International, about 30 Pakistanis, including 14 soldiers, were killed by US-led coalition air strikes in Mohmand Agency. Had this “accident” been committed by Pakistani forces we would have been eternally damned. The government remained muted, hardly any appropriate level of protest was lodged.

I had no objections to an award from my high school whose administration and teachers I have the utmost regard for – or at least had until the Americans’ actions of June 18. However, the presence as chief guest of the American ambassador (who is basically the Bush administration’s representative in Pakistan) presented a rare opportunity to me for making known my concerns as a patriotic Pakistani. It was in the US, more specifically at Harvard, where I had learned to voice my dissent peacefully and non-violently, to stand up for what I believed in and to speak for those who could not have their voices heard, and I thought of putting some of these very values to good use.

After thinking of all the possibilities and consequences, I decided to attend to the ceremony and refuse the award politely in order to record my protest and make it known to the world that Pakistanis will not let their sovereignty be compromised. Osman Bhai, my ever trusted mentor and oracle, helped with his priceless advice and we worked out a 20-second speech. Any shorter might not have made an impact and a longer one may have resulted in security removing me from the hall.

And so I did just that.

After delivering the short speech–”I am refusing this award in protest of repeated US air strikes resulting in the deaths of many innocent Pakistanis and US tacit support for an unconstitutional president, who has destroyed Pakistan’s judiciary; my conscience will not forgive me for accepting this award”–I walked back to my seat, relieved that I had used my right to dissent, as guaranteed to me under the Constitution of Pakistan.

Due credit must also be given to Ms Patterson, who acknowledged my protest immediately and informed the audience how proud she was of students like myself. Her calm and political maturity at the day was admirable.

The same could not be said about the school administration. Many of their actions on that day were despicable and unfitting of those who educate the future of Pakistan. The administration of Roots should be thankful to my parents who have prevented me from disclosing what my brother and I had to go through–else the many articles on this protest would have also condemned many of their actions. Instead of being proud of a patriotic student from their school who spoke for the dignity of human life, rule of law and democracy, the school administration dared me to leave Harvard if I were so anti-American.

This led to many inaccurate news items claiming I had refused a Harvard scholarship. I contacted all the major newspapers to make clarifications on this misreporting but very few have made the appropriate corrections.

The scholarship I am receiving at Harvard University is funded through gifts of former alums, many of them Pakistanis such as the late Benazir Bhutto, and not by the Bush administration or the US military. Harvard itself has been very proactive in advocating for the rule of law for Pakistan, and recently it awarded the prestigious “Medal of Freedom” to the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. The administration has been supportive of my activism and even permitted me to take a semester off so that I could be part of the historic lawyers’ movement. There are protests around the campus all the time: against the Iraq war, the Chinese crackdown in Tibet and for the restoration of Pakistan’s judiciary, among a host of other issues. Surprisingly, my old school administration has dared me to leave a university that stands for principles and is in no way connected to the US bombings of Pakistani territory or of the American government’s support for Musharraf!

Very well! The day the school’s students leave their institution in protest over Musharraf’s actions of Nov 3, I too shall leave Harvard. The frailty and naivete of such suggestions hardly deserves a rejoinder. Clearly, some people need to be explained the difference between private and public institutions.

I am really overwhelmed and thankful to the thousands of Pakistanis who have written to me and called me to show their support. The words of appreciation mean a lot to me and I am afraid I may not be able to reply to everyone. My sincerest gratitude also to all those who have offered scholarships to me in the event my scholarship is revoked. I don’t see that happening since such protests are very common in the US and never get the same hype that has been given to mine in Pakistan.

Furthermore, many people have asked me whether this was under the influence of any political person or party. I do not have any political affiliations and no one else influences my decisions. However, that being said, it would be wrong not to mention the commendable stance taken by Honourable Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the 60 other judges who stood up for principles and refused to sell their souls to the president. My inspiration comes from the lawyers who have been committed for the independence of the judiciary and rule of law and have given great role models for our generation to look up to. Without their principled struggle I do not think I could have taken this stand.

With this I would like to request an end to the media frenzy and not to contact me for future interviews and television appearances on this protest. I do believe I have had my voice heard adequately and more limelight on my person will overshadow other more important issues that require coverage, such as the restoration of Pakistan’s judiciary.

157 Comments on “Samad Khurram: Harvard Student Refuses Award from U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan”

  1. Ayesha says:
    June 19th, 2008 7:07 pm

    Yes, Samad has depicted the feelings of so many Paistanis. The U.S. cannot expect to believe it if from one side it says it is for democracy and same time it supports Musharraf.

  2. syed ali rizvi says:
    June 19th, 2008 7:29 pm

    what Mr Khurram should do is to rescind his Degree from Harvard & immediatly fly back to Pakistan, realizing the fact that this person is taking full advantage of US education & to top it all denouncing the US action, speaks very badly of him & reflects poorly on rest of Pakistan.

    the fact is that Tribal Areas have always been a headache for rest of Pakistan, i am pretty sure every one knows abt the Illegal drugs & weapons which flow into Karachi & Lahore, & the reverse commute of stolen Vehicles into the law less zone where major criminals enjoy utter impunity.

    i am sick of ppl using ambiguous terms regarding the Tribal Belt, unless the Govt enfroces it’s writ there, u might as well lay down for these Draconian mullahs who once done with sick desgins in that area would certainly turn to rest of the country.

    sitting in comforable western encalves & commenting like a pseudo patriot is very fashionable but it does not says much abt moral courage & clarity, & every one knows who i am talking abt

  3. syed ali rizvi says:
    June 19th, 2008 7:33 pm

    this cingular & fabricated outrage towards Musharaf sounds very petty, especially knowing the fact that Mush is part of an institution which has been riding & breaking the back of ordinary Pakistanis from the very start, bcz of a manufactured conflict with india, why no outrage against the Army???????

  4. Saeed Ahmed says:
    June 19th, 2008 7:59 pm

    I really appreciate the courage shown by Mr. Khurram and I think very vast majority of Pakistanis agree with his views on this subject.

    However it is very regretful to ask him to shun his education at Harvard and head back home, absolutely not…!!! He’s doing what a sensible, educated person should do i.e. raising awareness about why US Policies are wrong when it comes to Pakistan.

    May Allah bless him and all of us.

  5. Zaka says:
    June 19th, 2008 8:26 pm

    A true Pakistani Braveheart, Salute this Jawan.

    American education has its benefits, not only it teaches you critical analysis but question authority, without fear, so little bit of appreciation for worlds best education system which produces brains like Samad the Braveheart.

    Go Musharraf Go,

    Restore Real CJ of Pakistan.

  6. zakoota says:
    June 19th, 2008 10:02 pm

    Samad has made us feel proud…..I hope he becomes our leader one day, Inshallah!

  7. paki says:
    June 19th, 2008 10:37 pm

    This kid had the guts to do the right thing, even if it seems minor. The suggestion that he leave Harvard etc is just silly.

    There should be no surprise about the attitude of the US towards Pakistan; this is the way they have treat all ‘inferior’ peoples.

    I did find this post a little annoying. Like many Pakistani/Muslim/Other Minority writings it goes to great lengths to say that Khurram is just as liberal/secular/modern as “any American”. So please oh please do listen to him when he says you Americans are doing the wrong thing. How pathetic.

    I realize the argument that you (Adil Najam) are trying to make but it is pathetic nonetheless. Pakistani’s of any persuasion have full rights to criticize the US for what it is doing in Pakistan. If Khurram was religious, would you have written this post?

  8. Eidee Man says:
    June 19th, 2008 10:45 pm

    I don’t understand the logic that Ali Rizvi is advocating; from your comment it’s quite clear that you view the entire U.S. as one entity, which is precisely the problem in the world today. Instead of feeling betrayed, Harvard should be proud that it has a hand behind people who are finally beginning to take a stand.

    I wish they would actually play what he said and that the media gives him a chance to accurately portray his point of view. Unfortunately, people tend to think in extremes, and I have no doubt that the anti-U.S. brigade will begin to claim him as their own.

  9. Filza says:
    June 19th, 2008 11:52 pm

    i just saw the video on youtube and I gotta say that was way awesome..! If Samad had to stand for presidential elections he’d sure have my vote. Now, I am not Anti-Army per say but I am definetely Anti-Dictatorship. Cheers for Samad!! Cheers for Democracy!!

    On a more personal note, I hate how the American policies are so hypocratic. They invade Iraq as an attempt to establish Democracy in the nation and by executing Saddam who was a dictator. Now isn’t Musharraf a dictator too? and in that case, shouldn’t the US govt. do something about it? From the looks of it, people do not want him ruling over the country and he doesn’t represent the majority of people in Pakistan. “Democracy is a system of government by which political sovereignty is retained by the people and either exercised directly by citizens or through their elected representatives.” It sure doesn’t feel like Democracy to me. I could be wrong though..!

  10. Aamer says:
    June 20th, 2008 12:51 am

    I think this is an excellent way to protest by one individual. Let’s see how the Western media twist the story to make it sound like he is anti-American or from some Jihadi group. I think he needs to think and plan his next few steps so as to attract any false stories/rumors (which would be inevitable though).

  11. Nadeem says:
    June 20th, 2008 12:51 am

    Dear Sir

    This is with reference to news story published in your newspaper regarding Samad Khurram rejecting a certain award by US senator. For all clarification purposes, plz note the following:

    1-Samad has never declined Harvard Scholarship. Rather he is pursuing degree at Harvard and his full fees including tuition, lodging and boarding are being paid by the Harvard University. Harvard is paying this amount through alumni sponsorship which happen to be american citizens. Samad scholarship runs in crores (millions of Ruppes) and he is been able to study at Harvard for the last three years due to the courtesy of US citizens.

    2-The award that Samad has rejected to accept was being given to him for his performance in 2005 A level exams, on the basis of which he was able to get admission in Harvard in 2005. He does not stand in any way to lose anything rejecting this award since he has already reaped the full benefits of his A level performance, admission in Harvard, Roots Scholarships, British Council Awards , Harvard Scholarships etc. Please note that when he accepted all these honours and benefits in 2005, Britain as well as USA were still at war with Afghanistan and Iraq.

    But he went on to reap the full benefits of that achievement, by securing admission in Haravard as well as Harvard financial aid/Scholarship.

    I pray that Americans may not quit funding brilliant and deserving pakistani students at their top institutions because of people like Samad.

    Yes, he is the same student who got an honor in thinking skills. Finally, he would not have been able to study at Harvard if americans are not paying for his tuition, his lodging and boarding. They are paying in millions of rupees for his studies. He owes everything to US citizens who pay taxes so people like him can come to realize their dreams. If he has the real courage then he should quit receving financial aid from USA.

  12. MK says:
    June 20th, 2008 1:14 am

    Well it will be interesting to see, if this guy goes back to Pakistan to serve his country or just stay here in the US, and do the same as most of the US graduates did.

  13. Asim Kaleem says:
    June 20th, 2008 1:47 am

    Hold on Nadeem, what so if Samad is late in declining to accept the award even if he had enjoyed such awards previously. I agree that this is some what would be a shock to the American Tax Payers on whose amount he got benefitted, but don’t you remember that How these countries grab and loot money from small nation like Paksitan – by selling them arms, by forcing the world to purchase oil at ever high rates and now the grains and staples food.
    So man its never ever so late if you realize that do care for your countrymen first than others. You are more worried about your commitment to U.S funds but not to your countrymen…… Strange

  14. Asif Naeem says:
    June 20th, 2008 2:43 am

    Samad Bhai, you are great, you are like glittering star in dark sky, you a honorable person and showed mirror to those pakistani’s people that accepted humility and disgrace from other nations, i am proud of you, may god fill your life with full of happiness and success.aameen

  15. faisal says:
    June 20th, 2008 2:47 am

    Unka khao aur unhien ko gali bako, Wah Kia baat hai.

    As a country we are so pathetic that we can not survive without American, Saudi and Kwuaiti aid. What an audacity.

    And No, West did not plunder us, we as a nation have always been gracious enough to produce stooges who would gladly do the West’s bidding.

    If we think that American bashing is going to take us anywhere, well, everyone know that place, and sadly we are going there anyways.

  16. Akbar says:
    June 20th, 2008 2:54 am

    Thank you for putting this. Dear Samad, I commend you for your principled stand.

    Your analysis is excellent. I wish readers would actually read before commenting. First, the scholarship Samad has from the university is NOT tax payers money, it is University money and its purpose is exactly to nurture this type of young people who can stand on principles.He is not abusing the U.S. or its people. he is pointing out the hypocrisy in the policy of this U.S. government. WHich is also what so many Americans do in America. That is what people do in democracies, they point out mistakes so that they can be improved. Samad registered his protest in a dignified and powerful manner and we all should learn from him.

  17. Pakistani says:
    June 20th, 2008 3:02 am

    By the way, I was shocked to read that the Jamiat thugs had beaten Samad up just a few days. I guess the religious fanatics are the thugs doing the U.S.’s dirty work for them in advance ;-)

    I really think that the IJT should be banned because this anti-Pakistan group goes around terrorizing innocent Pakistanis everywhere.

  18. Manzoor says:
    June 20th, 2008 3:16 am

    Wausaatullah Khan on Sarmad Khurram.

  19. AHsn says:
    June 20th, 2008 3:43 am

    Great. We need more and more people like him who act and fight and less of those who lament and comment.

  20. Dewana Phir Say says:
    June 20th, 2008 4:25 am

    A politician in the making… :)

  21. Banuria says:
    June 20th, 2008 4:56 am

    Wah ATP wah.
    Just because this is an angrezi kid, you put his video up so fast. But the video fo someone like Adnan Kakakhel of Jamia Banuria who had challenged Gen. Musharraf would never make it to a site like this. Your bias is just so obvious. Shame on you. I dare you to put Adnan Kakahel’s video on this site and if you don’t we will know exactly how you are biased.

  22. Junaid says:
    June 20th, 2008 5:30 am

    well i am happy atleast we have one guy who wants something but with honor and dignity.
    i read wasatullah khan article on bbc he is such a pathetic guy i would never read him again.
    what i fail to understand from his article is this was not political it was his personal decision, he didn’t feel dignified to accept an award from one of a person who is behind all the mess in the country.
    i guess this doesnt go well with our compromising older lot like mr wasatullah khan, for them ambition is always a top over dignity, honor and self respect..
    its like get what you want doesnt matter if you innerself curse you for the years to come…

  23. Junaid says:
    June 20th, 2008 5:32 am

    to banuria:
    well i had personally seen that video many times and it got due publicity from everywhere, if it was not posted here doesn’t mean site is biased.

  24. faisal says:
    June 20th, 2008 6:18 am

    To all those praising the student from Banuria town to check Mush.’s reply with an open mind.

    That is one reason why Mush. has always inspired me. He was the first guy who confronted the Mullah freaks. Only an Army Dictator could do this.

  25. Shaji says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:13 am

    I can’t help but feel that snubbing in the manner that he did was a bit harsh. He could have shook hands, said thanks and then go and and address the gathering and hand it back. It would have been a more civilized way of protesting.

  26. ahsan says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:35 am

    What Mr . Samad did is not refelective of the public mood in Pakistan. It migh be refelctive of the hypocrisy of us Pakistanis. He is graduating from an American university and living on the very tax payers money which choose the present US government. This attack was to “saveguard: the “interests” of the country where he is living/studying. And he still chooses to study and live there. The queue of wannabe Americans one way or the other is increasingly long. What Americans did is not for the first time. Why a sudden surge of typical Paki patriotism like our retired generals.

  27. Anjum Amin Siddiqui says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:37 am

    What a way to propogate the issue, tryning to tell everyone look he is not religious fanatic, he is secular so listen to him. How apologetic we are I have never seen an Israili ashmed of his country or religion. But we remain proving that actually we r secular but some small group tend to make things difficult. For how long we remian in denial that whatever we do we will not get the acceptability.

  28. Inam says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:45 am

    to me he misbehaved with the chief guest.if he didn’t want to get the reward he should have informed them before..but no shows the moral character of pakistani nation.stop being emotional kiddo!!!and start using ur brains.

  29. Inam says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:49 am

    and how da hell can he say that Musharaff ain’t a legal president.everyone in this country this only he is right and everyone else is a goof!!!

  30. Eidee Man says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:56 am

    “He is graduating from an American university and living on the very tax payers money which choose the present US government. This attack was to

  31. Main Bhee says:
    June 20th, 2008 8:24 am

    Its great that after being at Harvard for a few years he has attained some sense of self respect and the courage to exhibit it too. We need more of this sort of American influence on our children.

  32. Tahir Wasti says:
    June 20th, 2008 8:29 am

    Dear brothers

    Is it not strange (or a matter of shame) that Pakistanis condemn Samad Khrrum’s actions whilst American ambassador appreciates him? In that very fucntion she said that she understood why Pakistanis were upset on this attack in Pakistan by American Airforce. She further said that she was “proud of the fact that students like Samad Khrurrum are studying the States”. Ironically, Pakistanis in the States are apologetic and censuring him.

    Why should he not come on stage and send a clear and loud message to the State and the world that the the concept of Sovereignty that is cherished by the State is also sacred to other countries? Why should he not take advantage of the media and use it to convey his and majority of his fellow country men’s feelings?

    We should do whatever is in our hands to express our disgust on America’s disrespect to other States’s boundaries, values and culture. (This is exactly what America is preaching to Islamic fundamantalists) By doing this Khurram is not criticising the public of the States, he is only showing his annoyance over Bush’s belligrant approach.

    Bush administration has still not presented any evidence that the people killed in that attack were actually terrorists. If some of us sometime rise above the everyday hypocracy, please appreciate him!

  33. Talha Lodhi says:
    June 20th, 2008 8:41 am

    Well it seemed quite rude the way he walked over without shaking his hand or even standing to talk to her but well sumone has to stand up to them.

    He should have however used a more pragmatic approach by making her concerns known to her and then refusing to accept the award.

    @ the blogger:
    Also I would agree to the views expressed by some that Why is being a Islamist……..a muslim who practically follows it………that big an issue that we shy away from it. We feel that well if we are an islamist/mullah in suits/radicalist (all the terms are being used to refer to one personality only) our concerns cannot be heard.

    Bush proudly acknowledges that he is a practicing Christian why are we and our leaders so shy of that??????

  34. June 20th, 2008 9:07 am

    Banuria, Adnan Kakakhel’s video was posted to pakistaniat almost two years ago:

    Perhaps we could discuss your bias now?

  35. Proud to be Pakistani says:
    June 20th, 2008 9:37 am

    Amazing that some people think he was harsh in his protest. For God’s sake…. what would you have liked, that he blow up a dozen Pakistanis, which is how the mullah’s protest!

    I think he has set a great example of how protest SHOULD happen. Decently and peacefully and making your point.

    Not that the mullahs are capable of learning anything but maybe they should if they could from this young man. This is how protest should be done. Not by blowing up more Pakistanis to protest killing of Pakistanis.

    Also, see how with his protest it was the US Ambassador who ended up apologizing and making excuses, when the mullahs blow them selves up it is we Pakistanis who end up apologizing and feeling small.

    Thank you Samad for setting a good example of peaceful and useful protest that makes a difference.

  36. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    June 20th, 2008 9:41 am

    Did we just wake up and realize the hypocrisy of American policies towards Pakistan? If Mr. Samad Khurram really despised American policy towards Pakistan, the appropriate time for him to register his protest was when he was applying for his college admission. He could have very easily not considered an American university and continued his studies some place else. I doubt very much that Americans begged Mr. Khurram to come to Harvard. His personal hypocrisy in this incidence seemingly matches that of the government of the United States of America. It matters not whether he is of secular or of religious mind. And a word about American policy towards Pakistan and for that matter towards any other country. Foreign policies of the governments are based neither on love nor on hate for the others. They are based on a country’s self interests and not on what one thinks of the other. Pakistan and America are involved in a mutually exploitative relationship for the last six decades. Historically the fear of economic, cultural and political inhalation by a much bigger next door India has pushed Pakistan towards America. Pakistan’s utility for America comes from its geopolitical location. A point Mr. Samad Khurram has failed to realize.

  37. faraz Waseem says:
    June 20th, 2008 9:42 am

    Well If I am advisor to US government; I will tell them the same. That they should use heavy handed approach to “safe heavens” in Pakistan.

    The problem is conflict of interest. It is not in Pakistan interest if we allow them to bomb FATA, but it is in the interest in US government. They can not afford “safe” places anywhere.

    What we have few war lords claiming their territory. Are we different from Lebanon with Hizballah operating in south. It is complete failure of “Pakistani State”.

  38. aisha says:
    June 20th, 2008 9:46 am

    Dear Najam Sahib,

    I absolutely agree with your opinion as to why this young student did what he did. However, some of the comments in this thread seem to criticize him for being “rude” or less than pragmatic. I find that mind boggling because what Samad protested against was killing of innocent Pakistani civilians and there can not be a subtle way to protest against something as inhuman and cruel.

    At some point in time I would appreciate if you could start a comment stream on “Idealism vs. Pragmatism.” Frankly speaking I’m getting a bit tired of the pragmatic school of thought. History tells us that it is the idealists who have taken humanity’s march forward. It is these torch bearing passionate people who have wrought miracles in every field. Yet we are told time and again in the media, in the press editorials about the pitfalls of idealism. We have forgotten to reach for the stars; to aspire for perfection. Perhaps that is one reason why we are saddled with mediocrity everywhere.


  39. Jake says:
    June 20th, 2008 9:51 am

    Well done Samad for standing up to your conviction and showing how protest should really be done. As a Harvard Alum myself I am proud of you for standing up for your convictions.

  40. faraz Waseem says:
    June 20th, 2008 10:16 am

    “The reason Washington should be very very concerned about this incident is not just because it is a bureaucratic snub. It is because of who Samad Khurram is, who he represents and why such an action by someone like him is such a significant indicator of just how low U.S. support in Pakistan has become.”

    Why Washington should listen to some idealist in Pakistan. They even dont listen to their own idealist. After 20 years of protest on Vitenam war; it were not the idealist but heavy financial and human loss which forced America out of Vitenam.

    Also what Mr Sarmand Khurram can offer to USA? Do he has any influence on Batullah or any other war lord. Well he has shown some self respect but the fact remain that foreign policy of a country is not based on reaction of idealist.

    Even Obama if selected will adopt a pragmatic stance on foreign policy instead of idealistic rhetorics.

  41. Ayaz Siddiqui says:
    June 20th, 2008 10:51 am

    @Anjum Amin Siddiqui

    The reason why we are propagating this is he is using a civilized way of protest, not blowing himself off. Usually they cant do or enter the western powers they are so much against so they kill their own brethren and sisters in order to PROTEST…

  42. Shiraz says:
    June 20th, 2008 10:58 am

    “The reason Washington should be very very concerned about this incident is not just….”

    I agree with Faraz..

    Why US should listen to anyone ? What harm Pakistan can really do to US ? These kind of gestures are emotional at best and don’t really mean anything. Soon we all will forget. Mr. Samad will graduate and will become part of US corporate :-) We all were ideals at that age and soon we realized that we are no Quaid or Nelson and get busy with life…

    We cannot even respond to Karzai’s threat that he will enter into Pakistan…

    Real question is lack of understanding on Pakistani parts as what exactly we want ?

    We are not even clear whether we want Rule of Law or Shariah or mix ?

    We want democracy but then we don’t participate in it.

    We want democracy but don’t want to give provinces, FATA etc their due right and share of pie.

    We have Foriegn office who has no clue as how to negotiate as a Soverign Nation.

    Upper Middle Class, Educated Elite, is busy in earning Rs. and dont really care about anything else.

    Middle Class is worried about monthly bills.
    Chronic poors are worried about next meal.

    Politicians priority is to re-instate a Judge who took oath 4 times under PCO, validated a dictator and now is acting as Prince of Ethics. I am glad he is thrown right left as shuttle.
    We are so naive that we don’t understand that re-instating him will set another precedent that “I can took oath under PCO, be with dictator and still will be hero”.

    Secondly, we need to stop this dream of Ummah and helping every other Islamic Nation in world. It is Noble goal but first we need to fix our own issues and then help others.

    So for lovers of democracy, unless there is extreme participation, it wont thrive. Due to constant negligence and no participation from citizens, specially educated class, there is no question that Army will come again and not a thing anyone can do.

    Jefferson said, if Govt stops to fulfill needs of people, people have right to overthrow it by any means they see fit.

    So lets stop getting emotional on these things and figure out Nation’s priorities and spend time to work on that.

    Otherwise my history professor said..”Beta, I am sorry, hamaree generation kuch na kar sakee”..we will become Udas Naslain or weary generations.

  43. Shiraz says:
    June 20th, 2008 11:07 am

    And don’t get me wrong..

    I am staunchly opposed to any military action in FATA or any areas in Pakistan either from Pakistan Army or USA.

    I am from Kashmir (AJK) and when Pakistan and Indian Army fire, my people get killed on both sides.

    It is not putting boots in these areas, you just make people angry and they will react and then you wont like it.

    Solution is dialogue between tribal elders and Pakistan..listen (really listen) to their concerns and wishes.
    If they want Shariah, be it..have them there Shariah in FATA. We all should learn to talk on table then getting emotional or fighting.

    As Reza Aslan says in his Book, No God but God, Sheikh’s or tribal elder’s sole purpose is to protect his tribe. He and his tribes are sovereign in their region and have natural born right to live in whatever way they see fit.

    So invest in infrastructure in FATA, have them there say, I mean..make them a new province..

    but stop imposing your will on them..they say..if there are two Pashtuns..they will make three parties and each one will be king :-) ..they are Independent and don’t fear any threats and not afraid to fight back.

  44. Shaji says:
    June 20th, 2008 11:31 am

    It is OK for people that Jinnah, Iqbal, Johor, Rehmat Ali, Bhuttos and what not got educated abroad, but NOT Samad Khurram. No freakin’ way! Suddenly, he’s a hypocrite.

  45. Sidra says:
    June 20th, 2008 11:42 am

    God bless Samad. I wish we were all brave like him.

  46. Aamir Ali from USA says:
    June 20th, 2008 11:51 am

    It is the Taliban who were the root cause of the incident in Mohmand ageny, and as long as the Taliban continue using FATA to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, there will be a reaction to it.

    Regarding this Samad Khurram fellow, I guess he is a hero for disrespecting the Ambassador, even though he is happy to go to USA and get an American education and later an American green card. He is indeed a true Pakistani.

  47. Hina says:
    June 20th, 2008 12:11 pm

    I am intrigued by the following sentence in the article

    “…just how low US support in Pakistan has become.”

    Has become?? Some one please refresh my memory: Pakistani sentimnet has always been ant US. Decades ago,before 9/11, while I was growing up in Pakistan in 80′s 90′s I remeber taking road journeys fm Pshawar to Pinid , galncing out of car winsdow and many times the sides ofthe building had these declaration on them:
    Umreciacn Khuttay Hai Hai
    Umrecia murda bad

  48. June 20th, 2008 1:12 pm

    I was amused to see the ad “Only one man has courage … John McCain” at the end of this post. The relevancy of the ad framework is right on!

  49. Malique says:
    June 20th, 2008 1:18 pm

    I totally agree with Samad Khurram.That sure was thoughtful and pragmatic enough.He made sure that establishment&people from both the countries get to listen to what he had to say,loud and clear.

  50. Malique says:
    June 20th, 2008 1:41 pm

    People who think that he is betraying the tax payers who finance his education at Harvard need to reconsider.Its his stance against the policies not the Americans.besides this is what he wrote in one of his articles published in The Harvard Crimson:

    “The Bill of Rights

  51. Akbar says:
    June 20th, 2008 1:46 pm

    I think a lot of people finding fault with Samad’s behavior are feeling guilty for not having teh moral courage that this man has shown and therefore operating on the “na khaidan gain na khaidan diyan gay” philosophy.

  52. Faraz says:
    June 20th, 2008 2:04 pm

    He could have been more respectful to the ambassador. If he didn’t want to take the award or shake her hand, he could have told her why right there on the stage and avoided having her chase after him. May he just wanted to make a scene.

    As far as the hypocrisy that he’s being accused of, may be he loves everything else about the U.S. just not it’s foreign policy in the Middle East. After all, that’s also true of millions of Americans and I don’t think they are being hypocrits when they protest.

  53. Roshan says:
    June 20th, 2008 2:35 pm

    I think this is the best way to register a peaceful protest. It was non violent but got a flash in mainstream media and generated a debate that how people like Samad are getting frustrated due to U.S. double standards.

  54. Deeda-i-Beena says:
    June 20th, 2008 4:04 pm

    Think about it!
    Rarely have I witnessed such speedy, numerous and passionate comments on Pakistaniat, from both sides of an issue as the present one.
    Several commentators are not familiar names, although they must be among the nameless thousands who regularly hit the ATP Posts.
    Such an interest would not have been visible, had this young man not done what he did. AND we would have been deprived of the privilige of the richness of the present sentiments and the debate!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Pak United says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:04 pm

    well done Samad! a truly gentleman’s protest, subtle yet resoundingly umabigous!

    as for those moaning about his protest, get over your inferiority complex guys! for once, a Pakistani has stood up to the US ambassador! shame on mushy and kiyani and ppp for meeting with her 24*7 and receiving her ashirwads!

    samad, U r Da MAN!!!!

  56. ShahidnUSA says:
    June 20th, 2008 7:08 pm

    There is one thing pakistanis do the best
    Is Protest! Protest! Protest!
    Some go long march, some do bomb blast
    If its not the payya jaam then burn a flag

  57. readinglord says:
    June 20th, 2008 9:08 pm

    It is easy to protest against America in Pakistan but what about the demon of fanaticism which no body dares to challenge openly.

  58. Moeen says:
    June 20th, 2008 9:42 pm

    We, Pakistanies, should learn from this guy. Blowing yourself with a bomb, burning tyres and destroying property along the road is not a protest. What this guy has done is a protest!!

  59. Naseer says:
    June 21st, 2008 12:26 am

    -Samad Khurram has done us proud.
    But he should be left alone-I can imagine the TVwalas/the anchors who will be queue to get the ‘First Interview’ which will eventually turn to the anchors agenda, like the one done to the CJ’s children, where the lady kept asking the little boy, son of the CJ nonsensical questions without taking into account his age and the trauma they had gone thru( no matter they were living in their house, where food and TV were aplenty).
    Let Samad be what he is, let him grow into it.
    However, I am saddened to see the news took back page cover in ‘Jang’ with a rather distracting caption and even ‘Dawn’ thought the news deserved a 5th page on ‘National’.
    Had it been a Tom,Dick or Harry of the western ilk, the papers would have carried it front page.
    I would call this ‘NO’ the sequel to the CJ’s ‘NO’.
    He may lost the scholarship, but he has earned at this young age the everlasting respect, gratitude of the teeming millions of people all over the world.
    But again, he should not be hounded but I would urge the channels, the intellectuals, the writers especially English writers of foreign papers to write not on ‘him’ but what he ‘said’ and what it ‘means’.

  60. AMNA says:
    June 21st, 2008 4:52 am

    YOU ARE RIGHT, Samad has expressed the feelings of most Pakistanis.
    The people cribbing here are mostly the mullah types whose prefer mode of protest against America is to kill Pakistanis and attack the idea of Pakistan and they cannot stand anyone who is calling for democracy and freedom for Pakistanis, plus those ISI types who are Musharraf supporters and therefore Umreekan tattoos themselves. Both of these groups would have preferred if Samad had blown himself up and taken a few other Pakistanis with him. Luckily, most Pakistanis do not prefer that and are with Samad in his dignified and decent protest. Protest that registers the point and without violence or killing.

  61. Kamran says:
    June 21st, 2008 6:45 am

    This is the right cause (democracy, end of military rule, and justice) and the right way to protest (not violent or causing death of other Pakistanis as mullahs do). And it has an impact. Obviously those who support Musharraf or the terrorists will not like the protest, but this is the right way to do it.

  62. June 21st, 2008 7:44 am

    DEAR SAMAD ,I and every true and bold pakistani SALUTE you.I congratulate and wish you all happiness with my best of prayers and to your entire family .

  63. Baber Zia says:
    June 21st, 2008 8:11 am

    It is great to finally see someone standing up and doing something.Great work Samad.

  64. Ayesha Bano says:
    June 21st, 2008 11:50 am

    way to go Samad!!!woohoo!mashAllah!

  65. Quraishi says:
    June 21st, 2008 1:53 pm

    I have one simple objection. Why did he not reject the scholarship and continue to study in Harvard and remain in the beautiful lifestyle of Boston and Cambridge while the families of the soldiers (on behavior of he protested) are still mourining the precious lives? Is this not plain and simple hyprocrisy Samad?

  66. Shakil says:
    June 21st, 2008 3:42 pm

    You’ve made us Pakistanis, proud, Samad Khurram! May you be always a brave one! Hope Pakistani (and American) “leaders” learn from you to stand up for democracy, justice, rule of law and respect for human life.

  67. dr razahaider says:
    June 21st, 2008 4:44 pm

    Assault is a means of expressing and inflicting injury.

    Injury is a painful episode that causes damage physically or mentally, through deliberate or accidental infliction or expression of body move of assailant with weapon, words and behavior.

    It is said that physical inflictions are easy to treat but injury caused by reserving words never escapes the mind of victim.

    Similarly action speaks louder than words.

    Movements serve the function of intended action towards termination of motivated desire.

    A move that causes more damage than benefit is avoided although accidental happening are neglected and forgive.

    If I perceive the incident under the meaningful contest of above cited definition I have no option but to conceive and curtail my thoughts and thinking process that the person has infact caused more trouble to the nation in the context of education and award of our young generation to compete at international platform.

    Although at one end his desire to uplift the image is a factor but on the other hand indecent assault has created an embarrassing position for the nation.

    If I shortsightedly analyze the incident there will be little difference between people who have compromised our integrity in the name of their uncontrolled lust and insane thoughts, the Taliban and Mr. Samad khurram who has indulged the whole upcoming future generation in the domain of debarring and confiscation by shuttering the door of education.

    If we remove our emotional and bias mode of attitude from table of opinion, the act seems to be a very untoward behavior, and real unbecoming.

    In my opinion he should have received the trophy through the hand of Patterson and then, should have requested to take action regarding his plea reflecting and endorsing his desire to revert the award if prompt actions are not initiated.

    Embarrassing a representative of a nation is a serious issue, and we as nation should be apologetic to the sufferer.

  68. viscous says:
    June 21st, 2008 5:51 pm

    Isnt it contradictory to study at a US institution and then disgrace US Ambassador to Pakistan, who plays an important role in sending Pakistani students on a Full Bright scholarship, on TV? Is that what he learned at Harvard?

  69. Humaira says:
    June 22nd, 2008 12:53 am

    “vicious” probably wants a more “vicious” response. Like throwing a bomb like mullahs do. Would that have been OK Mr/Ms Vicious?

    Yes, that is exactly what I hope he learnt at Harvard. To stand for principles. To protest but in a dignified and non-violent way. To seek democracy. To defy violence. To respect human life. If he learnt all those things he has done Harvard proud. Maybe our mullahs coudl also learn a few things if they started reading the book they claim to love instead of blowing muslims up!

  70. Ed says:
    June 22nd, 2008 2:57 am

    More than anything, this kid, gown and all, pulled a selfish publicity stunt. Unfortunately, it seems his snub will do wonders for his career.

  71. Nadeem Razzaq Khohara says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:08 am

    Proud of you my brother. Probably this is the best way to protest agaisnst american wicked policies without any violence. But I think america is shameless he will not feel any shame.
    After all well done.

  72. Quratulain says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:41 am

    Samad has shown the way. Show your displeasure but peacefully and in respectful and dignified way. Important to see that his protest is notice while the blasts by the fanatics only damage Pakistans image and kills Pakistanis. Well done Samad.

  73. Sehar Tariq says:
    June 22nd, 2008 7:37 am

    Samad Khurram, a Pakistani student currently enrolled at Harvard, refused to accept an award from US Ambassador Anne W Patterson at a ceremony held at a Khurram

  74. Sehar Tariq says:
    June 22nd, 2008 2:26 pm

    I would also like to point out to Samad enthusiasts that while Samad is extremely good about running blogs and writing articles that inform Pakistanis and those interested in Pakistan alike about his political views, he has yet to publish or announce any clarifications about his rejection of a Harvard University Scholarship as all the newspapers and magazines are claiming him to have rejected.

    Since we are all busy admiring Samad’s principled stand, I would like the principled gentleman to please stand up and issue a principled clarification atleast. For wouldnt that be the honorable thing to do?

  75. SYED WASTI says:
    June 22nd, 2008 2:51 pm

    Must say I am amused at some of the sophmoric comments here that seem to resent the attention Samad is getting rather than have any real issues with the issue at hand.

    So, why are people complaining:
    (a) because they actually prefer protest by blowing yourself up (I cannot imagine that many here believe that!)
    (b) because people actaully believe that the killing of innocent civilians by US drons is a good thing (cannot imagine that anyone believes this)
    (c) because they are Musharraf fans and Samad’s protest was really against Musharraf
    (d) because they are just envious of the attention he is getting
    (e) because they resent the fact that he studies at a prestigious school and is a high-achiever (the standard Pakistani trait of trying to belittle the acheivements to others as a way to justify one’s own mediocrity)

  76. Sehar Tariq says:
    June 22nd, 2008 3:40 pm

    Or maybe some of us arent entirely convinced that his stance was as principled as everyone is making it out to be. Why must we belive the worst of our own countrymen and women? We might not all be jealous feinds, trying to bring down a paragon of virtue. We might merely be voicing an alternate opinion without believing in any of the (mostly) utterly outlandish suggestions for reasons of why people aren’t admiring Samad whole heartedly. last I checked “free speech” was one of the virtues Samad admired. We are merely following in his footsteps. No need to be so harsh! :)

  77. Eidee Man says:
    June 22nd, 2008 3:45 pm

    “Let us hope that we can produce not only men who can rally the crowd, but also men and women who can lead it with wisdom.”

    I agree. Also, we should stop killing the ones who do meet these criteria.

  78. Derek says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:03 pm

    Thank You,

    I guess you think think this is a complicated issue, Mr. Moderator. But, I think the issue is really simple. I followed your links to The Harvard Crimson. I read Mr. Khurram’s editorials. The fact is, he doesn’t like the USA. Even writing about Zimbabwe, he found some way to blame their problems on the USA.

    In the article you linked to, he wrote this,

    “Musharraf pretends that he is the only hope for the US in Pakistan. Closer analysis, however, suggests that his claims are far from true. In the 2008 elections

  79. Pakistani says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:09 pm

    Banuria had written: “I dare you to put Adnan Kakahel

  80. Ayesha says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:16 pm

    I think he has set a good example for everyone who is trying to find violent solutions to problems that cannot be solved by violence. Whether it is US with its drones or terrorists with their bombs. Peace for all. Peace everywhere.

  81. Basheer says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:19 pm

    On the question of how to protest I think it is quite clear that this young man has shown better sense than most others have. To protest is right and one must do it non-violently. One can disagree on his views, but that is separate issue altogether. Maybe Musharraf is not as bad as Samad thinks. Persoanlly, I used to like Musharraf and now I don’t. Maybe the judges issue is not as important as he things. Personally, I think he is right. But no one, not even Condaleeza Rice or the US ambassador, think that the US killing (they call it a misunderstanding) of innocent civilians is the right thing to do. But the real reason why he is gaining all this attention is because he is demonstrating a better way of registering one’s protest. Bravo for that.

  82. HUSSAIN says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:30 pm

    From newspaper reports, the US Ambassador’s response was that she was proud that people like him were studying in the U.S. Maybe she should be telling that to her own government. But the real message here was not for the US Ambassador at all. It was for the Paksiatn government of both Musharraf and Zardari. They are the ones who are blocking the restoration of the judiciary. It is unfortunate that the US is also helping them block the judges just because they want Musharraf to stay. But not clear at all what Musharraf’s staying will do for Pakistan or for US. WIll only make things worse.

  83. Akbar says:
    June 22nd, 2008 5:30 pm

    I am also sorry to see people turning this into something about one person rather than about the issues he is protesting about.

  84. Derek says:
    June 22nd, 2008 7:26 pm

    You said,

    “Washington should also be paying close attention to what Samad Khurram is saying. Because what he is saying is reflective of the public mood in Paksitan much more than what they are hearing from the government – either from Gen. Musharraf or from Asif Ali Zardari and Co.”

    So, I have a few simple questions. Why should the USA care about the public mood in Pakistan ? In the last election, one of the candidates was shot and then bombed. How many coup d

  85. Eidee Man says:
    June 22nd, 2008 10:12 pm

    Following the comments on this post over the weekend has been quite interesting (and largely a waste of time). Some have hinted at the prospect of Samad Khurram being involved in politics at some point; however, it seems like that fits better on Derek, who, with his absurd understanding of Pakistan, would make an excellent running mate for McCain.

  86. Derek says:
    June 23rd, 2008 12:34 am

    Perhaps my understanding of Pakistand is absurd because Pakistan is an absurd place. Can you name any other countries where a person will recieve so much public praise for NOT blowing themself up ? I can assure you, that will be a very short list, and not one I wish my country to be on. And for the record, I don’t like either of our candidates.

  87. Irtiza Nazar says:
    June 23rd, 2008 1:09 am

    What better way to lodge a protest than this? No rally, tear gas shelling, riot or propoganda can come close, in effectiveness, than the way Samad chose to do it.

    The US has got to realise that buying out our best brains, buying out our free-thinkers, in short buying out those who pose the greatest threat to the nafarious designs of the current US administration, will not in any way change how the Pakistanis feel about what the US is doing.

    And yes, religious extremism has got nothing to do with it. The scholarship award means that the US acknowledges the acumen of the person its being awarded to, so a protest by such a person means the most, it certainly should hit home. This is what Samad’s protest means to the US and they’d be fools not to accept it.

  88. Syed A. Rizvi says:
    June 23rd, 2008 1:11 am

    The technique of non-cooperation is more powerful than the technique of violence as practice by the right wing extremists.

    Gandhi had demonstrated that.

    Bravo Khurram

  89. Joel S. says:
    June 23rd, 2008 4:12 am

    Rightly said. Nonviolent protest is always more difficult but also more effective. As another Harvard Alum I am proud of Samad.

  90. Janjua says:
    June 23rd, 2008 4:24 am

    I am a Musharraf supporter and I do not agree with Mr. Samad on his views on this or the judges. However, I have to say that I admire the style of his peaceful protest. Showing that you can register your point without being abusive (as some commenters become) or violent (as many otehr protestors become). Whether people agree with you or not is a separate issue, and I do not agree with him. The way of registering ones protest should be appreciated.

  91. Rana Iqbal says:
    June 23rd, 2008 4:48 am

    Sha-Baash Dear Samad Khurram

  92. Sehar Tariq says:
    June 23rd, 2008 9:24 am

    can someone please explain to me why Samad hasn’t had the courage to publicly announce that he has not refused admission to or a scholarship from Harvard as the media is claiming him to have done. He is a principled man after all and we support his principled stand so where are his principles when it comes to presenting the whole truth? If only he could do this, we could all respect him so much more.

  93. Eidee Man says:
    June 23rd, 2008 7:34 pm


    “can someone please explain to me why Samad hasn

  94. Abdul Hai says:
    June 23rd, 2008 8:09 pm

    I want to know if even one of those who are applauding Samad Khurram’s action in refusing the scholarship have volunteered to provide financial assistance to him. Harvard fees and room and board costs 2.5 Million rupees per year. Who is going to compensate Samad for his loss of scholarship. Pakistanis have to put their money where their mouth is.

  95. Lovethis Blog says:
    June 23rd, 2008 11:59 pm

    I admire his stand and he is one of the Rare people in today’s world who can stand up to thier beliefs without caring for personal gains.

  96. Nadir says:
    June 24th, 2008 1:29 am


    I’m slightly confused here, when you say you do not agree with Mr. Samad’s views, are you saying you actually support American attacks on Pak Army, let alone innocent Pakistani civilians? I must have totally misread your point, so kindly clarify.


  97. Sehar Tariq says:
    June 24th, 2008 2:33 am

    Samad has had no loss of scholarship!

    And Eidee Man, Samad runs many active blogs and email lists including groups on facebook. He has put up every single story about his actions on said groups and lists but not one single clarification. I just feel that fame and glory based on falsehood is hypocritical.

  98. legaleagle says:
    June 24th, 2008 3:39 am

    Sarmad Khurram!

    You got the right attitude and the right plan to do what is the right thing!

    God Bless You and Keep it Up!

  99. Rafia says:
    June 24th, 2008 5:43 am

    Well done Samad. I wish our so called elected leaders have the same courage. As for refusing the scholarship…why should he. Afterall he earned it from sheer hardwork!! and probably will be a “true asset” to this country after his studies from Harvard. Our leaders please learn from someone you claim to represent!!!!

  100. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    June 24th, 2008 6:45 am

    @Sarmad Khurram,

    yes, intergrity, self respect, national pride is what
    is missing among us, atleast you are 20cm taller.
    BTW, you can try next time some rotten tomatoes &
    eggs, I bet you will feel “relieved”, remaining however,
    very close to ecology by eliminating all wastes.

  101. Khuram says:
    June 24th, 2008 1:30 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to introduce to you the Prime Minister of Pakistan 2026 Mr. Samad Khuram.

  102. Derek says:
    June 24th, 2008 8:31 pm


    It wouldn’t be the first time a leader was elected based solely on his anti-American sentiment, but, I think it takes more than that to be a good leader.


  103. peace says:
    June 25th, 2008 12:54 am

    I just wish to ask those who are trying to teach Samad manners, what if they or any members of their families/loved ones had lost lives as a result of US unlawful assault…would they still wish that people should continue to be respectful to the “Might is Right” type aggressor and its representatives, and should behave in a humble, subservient and obliging way, to justify manners and high moral values?

    Are our lives so cheap? Why is it so that an extreme loss, i.e., loss of lives, cannot justify a protest that has merely inflicted insult, not loss of any life, in the process???

    It is so unfortunate to see how enslaved some mind could be…when comparing loss of lives of our people vs. insult of a US official caused in the process of registering protest…they simply fail to compare the cause vs the effect…the effect was “nothing” when comapred to the severity and intensity of the cause!

  104. Naseer says:
    June 26th, 2008 3:38 am

    Dear All,
    I wrote a bit earlier on Samad Khurram praising his ‘NO’.
    Maybe Adil Najam read the Dawn-letters to the Editor-yesterday 25th, written by two students. THis is rather a different side of the picture as also seen from latest comments I read herein above.
    Can someone go to find another hero of a Judge languishing in jail for the past 22 years reportedly jailed in Gen Zia’s times for calling a witness.
    No judge, CJ’s et all took any suo moto action.
    You need to research and update us.

  105. Irfan says:
    June 26th, 2008 11:47 am

    Samad Khurram got all the privileges of the Highest ranking American educational institute, going there on scholarships on American tax-payers money, even when war was going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. By deliberating staging a snub, instead of being decently absent as a protest, he has put obstacles in the way of future Pakistani students who want to gain from this magnificent institution of learning.

    A selfish act indeed ! ! !

  106. Eidee Man says:
    June 26th, 2008 11:54 am


    Harvard is a private institution and they do not give out scholarships; they do give financial aid, which is wholly privately funded by alumni and others. State-funded universities do not generally give scholarships or aid to foreign undergraduates.

    It seems like no matter how many times this is repeated, people will still not understand it

  107. Ajmal says:
    June 27th, 2008 12:23 am

    courageous act but also a good way to protest, without violence.

  108. Derek says:
    June 27th, 2008 7:27 pm

    @Eidee Man,

    Harvard is a private AMERICAN institution. Harvard has all the benefits and privileges of being IN America. Those benefits and privileges come directly from American society, or the American People. American society is created by individuals, lawful and egalitarian. Therefore, Harvard could not exist in, for example, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan…

    In fact, America is a gracious host. But, Mr. Samad Khurram is an ungrateful guest. It is amazing, he likes America enough to study here, but he doesn’t bother to write anything positive about America, Americans, or American culture. All of his writings in the Harvard Crimson are anti-American. Through some intellectual acrobatics, he found some way to blame the Zimbabwe situation on America. He blamed America for an unlawful air strike in Pakistan, even before the investigation is concluded. So, it is obvious. Any bad thing that happens in the world, he will find some way to blame America. But in America, he wasn’t censored. He didn’t get beaten up. He wasn’t kicked out. He wasn’t beheaded. He wasn’t shot in the head as a spy. He doesn’t have to worry about car bombs blowing up in Boston.

    So, I dare you to feel superior.

    If I attended a Pakistani university, and I published an article explaining that Islamic culture was wrong, I very well might be, beaten up, kicked out, beheaded, or shot.

    If he had any honor, he would leave. But, obviously, he has no shame.


  109. Zahra Asif says:
    June 28th, 2008 7:30 am

    Wow…hats off to this brave guy who made such a strong protest over the carnage NATO forces carried out on our land. Here rises a man of self-esteem, Samad Khurram, who’s made us all very proud. Congrats brother, you’re the star!!!

  110. huma says:
    June 28th, 2008 7:38 am

    Bravo Dear Brother Samad!
    You made us feel proud

  111. Natasha Ali says:
    June 28th, 2008 7:39 am

    Keep it up!

  112. Hira Lodhi says:
    June 28th, 2008 7:45 am

    Well done samad!

  113. Mohsin Syed says:
    June 29th, 2008 6:35 am

    I hvn’t read the entire replies to the article, but I mist clear a serious misunderstanding regarding our judicary and the President.

    First our all our judicary has never been independent. I wont go to far. Just take up last 15 years. Nawaz Govt invaded the supreme court and started breaking up the furniture and the name plates of the judges.

    Secondly, Pres. Musharraf’s 1999 military coup disabled the courts in Pakistan and majority of the same judges took oath under him.
    Now those same judges are now presenting themselves as the saviuor of judicary. “WHAT A JOKE”. Mr. Ifitikar was one of the judges who took oath under President Musharraf in 1999 under the PCO act. I mean to say here is that he is a PCO judge. If he is thrown out by the one under whom he took oath, there is no question that he stands up and say I am the king.
    If the present judges of supreme court are termed as uncontitutional dummies, than I bet Mr. Iftikar is the dummy’s ass.

    He has no right to stand up for the constitution since he has taken oath under a dictator.

    Now, off to Mr. President. Is he a dictator. hmmmmmmmm. After reading the hisotry books and asking my elders about the Ayub Khan era, they say this is the best decade of development after President Ayub.
    As for me this is the best decade that our nation has ever seen, except a few blunders. Blunders are always there.
    No further comments, since many of youth like me are against him now and if i support him I will be on the recieving end. haha

  114. Zeeshan says:
    July 3rd, 2008 9:04 pm

    there was a show on tele the other day and this guy said that there was no muslim when The Prophet started spreading the message, so if these judges made a wrong choice at some point of time in their lives, we can’t raise the finger as all of us have made mistakes in our lives.
    musharraf clearly has ruined whatever we had as there are suicide bombings every day, he was the president of the country while serving the army which in itself is against the constitution. there can be an endless list of his crimes, what i don’t get is educated and sensible (if they are any more) people advocating this military man who threw the elected government out.

  115. fakhar says:
    July 11th, 2008 2:30 am

    Welldone Mr. Samad Khurram. Atleast U have Condemned. U Stood Up. We Should stand up for whatever we think is right. We should stand up against the wrong ones. This is the spirit which is required for change of the existing System — The most crual in itself.

    I m astonished — that our government is so oblivion of the facts and his duties…… NTU (National Textile University) – Faisal abad is closed since last two months … but nothing has been noticed by the Government, By the Chancellor, By the Board of Governors, By all political and non-political people and the Precios time of ther students is being wasted. What the hell is this??????

    The people having authorities both in Administration and In Judiciary must be ashamed of this happening.

  116. Zaka says:
    July 11th, 2008 7:51 am

    As Samad says very well: It is disgraceful for Pakistanis to have their most important decisions being made in Washington and not Islamabad. Pakistanis, for instance, are vehemently opposed to the unconstitutional actions of Nov 3 by Pervez Musharraf and have rejected him and his King

  117. Ajmal Khan says:
    July 11th, 2008 7:53 am

    @ Mohsin Syed:
    Do you not think that you are violating the policy of this site with the harsh choice of words. Of course you are entitled to your opinion just like someone who still sees an old woman in the moon. And would you please spare history books to find the virtues of dictators. By the way which history book have you read to find out that Ayub era was the best for Pakistan. In the same vane you can also say that Zia was the God’s gift to the poor and the downtrodden of Pakistan. Come on and face it. You are surely a beneficiary of dictatorship to have such views.

  118. Jahanzeb Effendi says:
    July 11th, 2008 12:14 pm

    Mr. Samad.. Its very distressing to see educated and (hopefully) refined people like you ending up performing the most hypocritical gesture expected from a gentleman. Your manner of protest was decent but your explanation and especially the way you carried yourself on stage was a pathetic. You refused to accept an award from the ambassador of a country where you yourself are benefiting academically, socially and physically, and all that on THEIR expense. Its amazing how even once you did not consider returning or refusing the highly valued scholarship that you are blessed upon by your university. You could have refused that as a token instead of this little achiever’s award.
    I dont understand why pakistanis like yourself have their eyes and ears SHUT to the world and especially the US and Pakistan Relations. For Heaven’s sake kindly acknowledge the fact that YOU are in this place and condition due to America’s goodwill. Don’t you see we are in debt to the US. We eat off their loans. We live off thier AID. And we turn for protection and Refuge to them. Infact who doesn’t rely on a super power?… Today its the USA, tomorrow it will be Europe.
    They carried out air strikes in our country which is of coruse wrong. But the protest for that air strike in the love for your country should be done when you yourself are not EATING OFF AMERICA.
    Seriously man Get a life… You are blaming the President who you should be owing your achievements and their recognition abroad to. Our country was a failed nation when Mr. Musharraf took over. We had little respect abroad. Compare it to today. You are Sitting in Harvard having a nice time is because of good relations with America. Is it too hard too see?

    Anyway the media coverage your little hypocritic act recieve was highly exagerrated. Because the media itself is a mafia and loves to cover anti state issues (especially anti Musharraf.)

    Being as qualified as you are Mr. Sarmad, i think you made a fool out of yourself and disrespected the ambassador and brought the country and yourself to shame. Did you forget your manners on stage? You carried yourself pathetically. You Could have shook hands with the ambassador and taken your award and gone to the podium and said you are not accepting it. But instead you proved what a rude person you are and brought shame to your own people. We should be ashamed of hypocrites like you MR. Sarmad Khurram.
    Good Day

  119. Derek Farmer says:
    July 11th, 2008 1:29 pm


    I just have a simple question. Have I been banned from posting ? I await your reply.



  120. Rizvi says:
    July 11th, 2008 3:58 pm

    Back to the Topic.

    It was a very good gesture but implemented in an absolutely illmannered way. He should have paid his respects to the Ambassador (also because she was a lady)

    I have always seen that when Pakistanis come to the world stage or in Public’s eye they somehow seem to forget that they are representing Pakistan and in a sort of way Islam.

    Your best intentions or ideas will always be ignored if you are an ignorant sod of a fella.

    Aint going on a lecture on Islam but being courteous to the people you meet impresses them more then your actions. It would have caused more light to the matter if he would have simply taken the award and handed it back to her saying his reason. It would have been more respectful.

    But by totally ignoring her on the stage was a bit egoistical of him.

    Hey anyone wanna bet on the fact that CJ Iftikhar is puppet of the US Adminstration and this whole thing is a facade or drama fabricated so that public gets engrossed in the drama and everyoneelse is bringing Pakistan back to Stone age.

    Wake up people. Its about time.

    Moi 2 cents.

  121. Alix says:
    July 11th, 2008 4:08 pm

    To Jahanzeb Effendi:

    So you think that Sarmad “made a fool” out of himself, performed the “most hypocritical gesture”, forgot his “manners on stage” and carried himself “pathetically”

    Using words like “EATING OFF AMERICA”, “we are in debt to the US.” etc. you just show your slavish mindset. Going by your words, people like Ceasar Chavez and Martin Luther King were nothing but ungrateful, resentful individuals acting “pathetically” and “making fool of themselves”

    Not withstanding your love for Musharraf which you are entitled, please do some research and find out how universities, scholarships and endowments work in the US. The purpose of education is to prepare individuals who can think critically and dissent is a part of it. It is not to prepare mindless, ever grateful worker class that you seems to be acting like.

    Has it ever occurred to you that Harvard where his is studying (as an act of US charity the way you describe) supports his stance? When alumni like me give to our universities, it is so that universities can attract the best. Not so that they can attract sheep & lambs acting in conformance, If my university tried to cancel the scholarship of a student for speaking up, alumni like me who give our hard earned dollars will make sure that our disapproval gets heard.

    What is pathetic is the attitude of people like you and that of Roots administration. The problem is that one who has never known freedom can never understand what inspires free men.

  122. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 11th, 2008 5:19 pm

    @just discovered he was from ANP, or PPP, no MQM
    may be Mazdoor Kisan tola, just check wha you guys
    are tlaking about , come out of your tribes !!

  123. Jahanzeb Effendi says:
    July 11th, 2008 6:31 pm

    To Alix
    Of course Harvard will support his little gesture. They have their own face to save. Mr. Sarmad is thier currently enrolled student.
    And to think of it, why should it even matter to Harvard, it was a high achievers’ award Mr. Sarmad refused to accept!
    Talking about having a slavish mindset, well i guess we’re all victims of circumstances.
    You have your opinions and I have mine. I think as a Pakistani citizen and you as an ‘independant’ human being.
    Supporting the so called ‘Independant’ Judiciary(deposed) and critcizing the president has shown exactly what sentiments and thoughts Mr. Sarmad harbours in his mind and exactly which media influences his thinking most (or his greatly Respected Mentor). Maybe he should look at facts and history before he decides to support corrupt and incompetent figures like Iftikhar Chaudhri and Itizaz Ahsan.
    Maybe Mr. Sarmad had forgotten that it was because of President Musharraf that his ‘act’ got so much coverage and support because it was Mr. Musharraf who gave freedom of press.
    It is because of this President that our Nation has been saved from being ‘Bombed into Stone Ages’ after 9/11. And just imagine in case we were bombed to the stone ages, the system of universities, scholarships and endowments in the US would then select Mr. Sarmad as thier most deserving candidate from Pakistan (a stone aged country).
    Appreciate what this man has done for this country, and condemn the (deposed) politically exploited judiciary.

  124. Jahanzeb Effendi says:
    July 11th, 2008 6:38 pm

    To Alix
    Of course Harvard will support his little gesture. It is indeed a very decent method of registering protest.
    Talking about having a slavish mindset, well I guess we’re all victims of circumstances.
    You have your opinions and I have mine. I think as a Pakistani citizen and you as an ‘independant’ human being.
    Supporting the so called ‘Independant’ Judiciary(deposed) and critcizing the president has shown exactly what sentiments and thoughts Mr. Sarmad harbours in his mind and exactly which media influences his thinking most (or his greatly Respected Mentor). Maybe he should look at facts and history before he talks in favour of corrupt and incompetent figures like Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhri and Mr. Itizaz Ahsan.
    Maybe Mr. Sarmad had forgotten that it was because of President Musharraf that his ‘act’ got so much coverage and support because it was Mr. Musharraf who gave freedom of press.
    It is because of this President that our Nation has been saved from being ‘Bombed into Stone Ages’ after 9/11. And just imagine in case we were bombed to the stone ages, would the system of universities, scholarships and endowments in the US select Mr. Sarmad as thier most deserving candidate from Pakistan (a stone aged country)?
    Appreciate what this man has done for this country, and condemn the (deposed) politically exploited judiciary.
    You are an excellent student, just don’t get mislead.

  125. July 11th, 2008 6:45 pm

    Rock on Samad .. we are proud of your stance !

  126. libertarian says:
    July 11th, 2008 7:04 pm

    Just read Khurram’s rambling, inconsistent justification for his actions. The guy needs a life. Most Americans would shrug off his wacky behavior as Patterson did. Hope the grand gesture makes him feel better about himself – because it achieved nothing of substance.

  127. Aqil Sajjad says:
    July 11th, 2008 9:49 pm

    Due credit should be given to The News for carrying Samad’s piece and also to Pakistaniat for this updated post.

    Shame on roots and others who have been unnecessarily going after him.

    Some people in previous comments criticised Samad for not clarifying that he had not refused a Harvard scholarship; they should retract their harsh comments now that Samad has explicitly clarified this and also pointed out that his previous statements of clarification were not carried by the media.

  128. Eidee Man says:
    July 12th, 2008 12:08 am

    I think Samad’s reply was very well-written. He seems like a thoughtful, level-headed person, and we should all put this matter to rest, as has been suggested by many others and now himself.

    Many media outlets in Pakistan did an absolutely deplorable job of spreading mis-information about his financial aid (Harvard College does not give out scholarships). Their lax attitude in printing unverified information on prominent pages reminded me of Cowasjee’s pathetic article on Muslim Nobel prize winners (in which he used obvious spam from an obscure Wikipedia page).

    However, the proper clarifications have been by numerous people on numerous occasions (thanks to Adil for posting one of the first ones), and I think we should stop debating this issue with commenters who are more interested in making cheap accusations rather than finding out about the truth.

  129. Naseer says:
    July 12th, 2008 6:12 am

    - Adil Najam,
    – I/We stand by Samad and would want youngsters and other Pakistanis to emulate this soft and such a decent way to protest, and thanks to Harvard for keeping up with their traditions.
    Media– be away from Samad- Just let him be.
    Mao once said, let a hundred flowers bloom !!!


  130. Arbab says:
    July 12th, 2008 8:04 am

    Actually, if people read the post they would see that the Jamiat thugs beat him up just a few days before. So he was clearly not a jamaati. Anyhow, Jamaatis tend to be Umreekan tattoos anyhow!

  131. Kareem says:
    July 12th, 2008 8:48 am

    Amazing how all the ISI people here (jahanzeb and friends) come to the defense of Gen. Musharraf and USA. I guess they also sold their soul like Musharraf.

  132. Ali says:
    July 12th, 2008 11:06 am

    We are proud of you sarmad.You have not sold your Izzat-e-Nafs as AAPNA members and other Runners have sold out.

  133. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 12th, 2008 1:49 pm

    @ Oh, btw Arbab,

    not only your remarks about Jamaat is an outdated
    nonsense, but observe well that all the ” Umreekan ”
    tattos are identified and executed, this is usual.

    will give you further info on potentials.

  134. ShahidnUSA says:
    July 12th, 2008 2:16 pm

    What are you complaining for
    You chosed the religion you cant follow
    When leaders are corrupt, dictators on the Go
    Your children leave you, cant take it any more
    Your fanatics hurt you, you(women) cant leave your door
    Your materialistic, prayers for the show
    When oil is cheap, pollution is more
    Air is unclean, population is uncontrolled

    To go east or west, You just dont know
    What are you complaining for

  135. sidhas says:
    July 12th, 2008 2:39 pm

    Jurat aur zihanat aik sath, subhan-allah!

    I am glad that someone stood up against continued US imperialism. It takes lots of guts to do what this young man has done. He made his point peacfully and in dignified manner.

    Whereas, US imperialism and its lack of vision/leadership has been a continued problem for our present world.

    Lets not forget that Pakistan has to fulfill its obligation to Global community in combatting terrorism which emnates find support, and thrives in its terrority. Pakistan must restore internal sovereignty which seems to be adrift.

  136. Alix says:
    July 12th, 2008 2:57 pm

    To Jahanzeb Sahib:

    What exactly is in that Sarmad harbors in his mind? Across the spectrum, society supports his stance but to listen to you it seems like all the people got misled by the damned, ungrateful, biased media :)

    Why do you insist on existing in an eternal state of gratefulness to others? Amerika for aid, Musharraf for open press? Why do you forget that Musharraf tried to put the leash on press but failed? Mush marketed himself as a moderate, benevolent dictator and that is why the press was free.

    When the press became a thorn he tried to control it but failed. I asked a good American friend of mine if he thought we should be grateful for the American aid. The maturity of his response compared to your “eternally grateful” mantra was amusing: he said for the time being; we need you and this is the fee that we are paying for this cooperation.

  137. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 12th, 2008 3:20 pm


    Khudd hi swaal kartey ho,
    jawaab detay bhi ho, khudd hi

    Kaun samjhay ga apka mudd’aa,
    Swaal hoga, he pinha kaun kismien

  138. sidhas says:
    July 12th, 2008 6:32 pm

    Just wondering if anyone from Pakistaniat taking note of GOP (government of Pakistan’s) request to UN for investgating Bhutto’s muder.

    What kind of precedence does it set for Pakistan? Is it not against the grain of sovereignty and admitting to the fact that our institutions are incapable of carrying out transparent investigation or just investigation on matters important to national policy.

    I am only interested in finding out what it means from policy perspective.

  139. Rasheed says:
    July 13th, 2008 2:52 am

    Samad, it’s good you bring up the “Negropontes and Bouchers” of the world, a point I’ve been trying to emphasize on this blog. One of these days I’ll perhaps congratulate you in person for this courageous deed, and maybe invite you for a lecture/teach-in at a school or college nearby to inspire young people. The US might try to pretend to be a friend of Pakistan, but I doubt they can convince many, other than some in the leadership of Pakistan. I wonder how to characterize Musharraf – stupid or coward – in offering his “unstinted support” to the US in their misnamed “war on terror”. Stupid he doesn’t seem to be; coward? maybe, because of the reported threat he said was made to him by US envoy Richard Armitage that Pakistan should be “ready to be bombed into the stone age”, after 9 eleven. The US has been wrong at every mid-/far-eastern foreign policy step, which seemed to have been made in service of the state of Israel rather than even for the US’s own interests. Samad, it seems, understands the American psyche. Unfortunately many Pakistanis I’ve talked with are dangerously trusting of Americans and their motives and are very simple-minded, to put it nicely. In talking with the US public and some officials, meanwhile, I don’t see any soft corner with them for Pakistan. They don’t seem to have the least bit of respect for Pakistanis and the few who declare it are either pretending or are among the very few so-called “liberals”, almost disowned by mainstream America in their own home. Keep up the good work, and I hope others learn from you and get out on the streets when their cause is just. I’ve done my part marching the streets of Boston, Washington, New York, Philadelphia, etc. in protests on various causes on Peace and Human Rights. It does involve a lot of personal risk but someone’s got to take risk for any progress to be made.

  140. Uncle ji says:
    July 13th, 2008 6:43 am

    I wonder why these ISI types are so afraid of just a student?

  141. warda says:
    July 13th, 2008 7:42 pm

    i think what he did was right and very appropriate,somebody needed to send a strong message bcz the rest of them are too busy saying things that they dont mean just to get what they want,i think his own school administration should have stood by him instead of trying to attack him,however his dignity should be respected and this shouldnot be made into a tamasha by the media

  142. Kashif Mirza says:
    July 14th, 2008 12:37 am

    Shabaash Samad , We as Pakistani Youth understand your feelings.

  143. Jahanzeb says:
    July 14th, 2008 3:40 am

    HAHAHHA… whoever mentioned my links with ISI, I salute you man !!!! Good Work … You figured it all out eh?

  144. Ahsan Masood says:
    July 15th, 2008 4:22 pm

    Samad you have made our head stand up high again. You should continue to live such a principled life and run for office once you are done with education. I will personally be part of any cause you are in.

    Us Pakistanis need leaders like you who can speak up before American colonialism.

  145. Aamir Ali says:
    July 16th, 2008 10:08 pm

    I would be proud to work for the ISI, which works for Musharraf.

    Those glorifying Samad Khurram and vilifying Musharraf will get a taste of the real world in the months to come, when US/NATO start taking action against the terrorist paradise that is Waziristan. Perhaps then you will understand that it is the TERRORISTS that are the problem, not NATO/US or Pakistan Army or Musharraf.

  146. Absar Ahmed says:
    July 26th, 2008 10:02 pm

    It takes ONE Samad Khurrum to make us realize that we are still a ghairatmand nation.

    I am so proud of him and what he has done. May Allah grant all his wishes.

  147. Roots Student says:
    July 27th, 2008 3:30 pm

    Samad was my junior in Roots and I always had respect for this polite, gentle boy. He has carried himself in a dignified manner and we should cherish all such actions.

  148. Paki says:
    September 30th, 2008 10:11 am

    Samad should leave Harvard if he doesnt agree with the national interests of the USA. Many of these national interests are a formulated as a result of studies conducted in Harvard.
    The double standards of Samad and the pakistanis will be of no use to Pakistan. Rather such hypocrisy will only further add to the problems.

  149. aliarqam says:
    November 19th, 2008 8:39 am

    We Expect the same from CJ Chouhdry
    CJ is a hero in this movement for being the protector of

  150. ALI ANWAAR says:
    November 20th, 2008 10:09 pm

    we alot of pakistanis are supporting his action, this support does not lead to a mature behavior, in fact these kind of actions will not make any difference on US airstrikes or pakistan stand on the issue, instead it does not show a descent manner for a cause that samad wanted to show. He should have given a speech or have said few words rather than not receiving an award. it is not respectful behavior.

  151. hafsah khan says:
    November 23rd, 2008 8:34 am

    in response to ‘paki’ no he should not leave Harvard it is one of the best educational instiutes in the world he will not gain this level of knowledge in Pakistan. Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto also studied at Berkley and in the UK. Pakistan cannot offer this standard of eductaion he should make the most of it and obviously has the courage and respect to return to pakistan and help the people.

    We need educated people, not these current losers who cant even pass fifth grade! they cant spell pakistan forget about running it!

  152. Ahsan Mansoor says:
    November 23rd, 2008 7:48 pm

    Samad Khurram is a good friend and I admire that he has always stood up for principles. He is my hero.

  153. November 24th, 2008 7:48 am

    We are proud of Sarmad Khurram. All those ranting about US interest should keep in mind that Sarmad is a Pakistani and he has to look for Pakistan interets not US interets. Moreover, Harvard not put some ‘ehsan’ on him. He was genius to deserve this scholarship. Plus, CJ recieved medals from private universities and bars, not BUSH admin. So any ignorant can relate why CJ receiving prizes for missing people as done by US !

  154. mubashir says:
    February 18th, 2009 6:09 am

    MashAllah. I feel envious of Samad Khurram. may Allah bless you.

  155. shariq says:
    May 4th, 2009 9:18 am

    it was a right thing to do,i think you should have shaked hand with the lady and told her that i respect you as an elderly person but i wont take this award as you being the ambassador of USA…well apna apna style hai…per sayein cha gayay aap :)

  156. zu3i4ot says:
    June 3rd, 2009 1:37 am

    Ghar aaya dushman k sath aisan salook nai karna chaheya agr wo USA citizen thi to its OK magar Salam karna aik Muslaman ka Farz ha Salam to karna Chaeya tha na baki beshak keh k inkaar kar daita k award accept nai karna…. aik chance Khush Ikhlaqi ka Ganwa diya os ne aakharak k liye…. par dua ha meri Allah sub ka bhala karay

  157. mehmood hussain says:
    October 21st, 2010 2:53 am






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