Threats from extremist groups force the university to cancel the economists’ online lecture
Atif Mian, the Pakistan-born professor at Princeton University, at the t the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 22, 2015. (Photo:Photo Jolanda Flubacher/ http://www.flickr.com)
A leading Pakistani university is facing criticism after it cancelled a webinar featuring an Ahmadi economist, allegedly after religious extremists threatened it over the professor’s faith.
Atif Mian, a renowned Pakistan-born professor at Princeton University in the US, was scheduled to address students of the Karachi-based Institute of Business Administration (IBA) on Nov. 5. But the university announced on Oct. 22 that it had cancelled the webinar.
Mian’s lecture on “Why has economic growth fallen behind in Pakistan? has been cancelled. Inconvenience is highly regretted,” the varsity announced on Twitter, without explaining further.
A few hours later, Mian himself said in the micro-blogging website his lecture has been “cancelled due to threats that the university administration was facing from extremists”
The 45-year-old professor follows the Ahmadi sect of Islam, a minority religious group that complains to religious persecution and discrimination in Pakistan, where the majority follows Sunni Islam.