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To kiss or not to kiss keeps: Pak Tweeters wonder

Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 14:34

Islamabad: The hullabaloo over public
display of affection at a premier educational institute in
Pakistan refuses to die down with the tech-savvy now taking to
Twitter to debate the issue.

The public display of affection – PDA for short and the
academic nomenclature for a kiss – was first objected to by a
senior woman student during the holy month of Ramzan. She
spotted two students kissing and raised hell by circulating a
mass email on the university campus mail system.

Tajwar Awan, a senior at Lahore University of Management
Sciences (LUMS), shot off the email which has since evoked a
mixed response from students. While some students
"reconverted" to Islam, others poked fun at Awan for bringing
it up.

The university administration has promised to issue a
code of conduct on the campus after Awan furnished
"documentary evidence" of the kiss.

Khaver Siddiqi, known in the tweeting world as
"thekarachikid", had a good laugh over the controversy. "Ha.
Ha. Ha. No kissing allowed," read his tweet to his friends.
Alisa Harris tweeted that she was glad she didn`t live in

Hafsa Arain sent out a "oh boy!" message after hearing
the news about the proposed ban on the campus. Another student
tweeted that the controversial kiss was not a kiss but a peck.
LUMS students, most of whom seem to favour public display
of affection on the campus, are ferociously blogging about the

Imran Baloch wrote on his blog, "As a LUMS student, I am
sad to hear that the premier institute has taken away the
personal rights of students."

"Socially if I look at it, on the one hand there are many
of my friends who do not shake hands. On the other hand there
are female friends who shake hands as well as kiss on the
cheek. To me it is one`s personal choice and matter of
comfort. No one should have right to dictate someone what is
right or wrong".

"I expect LUMS would relook this (the proposed ban on
public display of affection), else student bodies should
challenge the behaviour regulation," he concluded.

Awan`s mail did elicit the desired response on the
campus. A male student responded with a sarcastic "I have
sinned" email. "I shave twice a week and my `painchas`
(trousers) hang obstinately below my heels. I have a penchant
for ties that resemble the Christian cross and my satanic
dress code is causing me to stray far far away from the
straight path.

"During the holy month, instead of attending Koranic
recitals in the mosque, I was listening to the demonic sounds
of (British rock band) Pink Floyd," he wrote.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 14:34

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