Political commentator Tarek Fatah was manhandled at the Punjab University campus on November 30 a day after his remarks on Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Fatah was confronted by a group of students at the University during a Ted talk at the campus. He was speaking on Balochistan and how Pakistan has consistently been doing human rights abuses in the region.
The Canadian writer, who is of Pakistani origin, said that he was pushed to the ground by an angry student but other students at the talk prevented the man from going any further.
One student, whose name is apparently Mustafa, heckled Fatah when the latter objected to a Punjab University official haughtily occupying seats meant for students.
According to Harbir Singh, who accompanied Fatah to the talk, Mustafa shouted loudly at Fatah. A “tall man”, who apparently goes by the name of Gagan Dhillion, then shoved Fatah, who walks with a stick, making him fall down on the ground.
This was Fatah’s response to Dhillon on Singh’s timeline:
On the other hand, those who supported the man who heckled Fatah and Mustafa claimed that the writer of ‘The Jew Is Not My Enemy’ had called Mustafa a terrorist. Mustafa is from Kargil.
The incident forced the Punjab University to cancel the talk.
— Tarek तारिक Fatah (@TarekFatah) 30 November 2016
It should be noted that Fatah has on November 29 tore into the hypocrisy of both Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee and exposed their flawed arguments against demonetisation.