"Ten to 15 boys stormed in and started throwing computers around," said textile design student Azeem Rana.
Rana's computer displayed his textile patterns with soft music in the background; the attackers threw it to the floor and slapped and kicked him.
Tooba Fatima said she and some other students locked themselves in a room to escape the assault. "It was very scary."
The exhibition reopened the following day, but only after teachers barred all videos and music.
"How can I show my work?" asked Zoheb Anwar, pointing to a couple of sketches he made for a cartoon film which is no longer part of the exhibition. "I am unable to define my ideas."
....Naheed Raza, a leading painter, said only a small minority opposes arts being studied at the universities.
"They use strong-arm tactics to dictate their views," said Raza, herself under fire by rightwing students for drawing nudes. "They find nudity in everything.
"These are forces of the dark ages who want to destroy arts and science. But they are failing, as privately people are promoting arts despite the opposition." [Reuters]
Imagine trying to pursue an education, trying to express one's deepest creative impulses under threat of life and limb. God, I despise these Dark Ages thugs, these maniacal pinheads with cramped souls. This is the very heart of what we are fighting in the War on Terror: those who would impose their constipated, atavistic, anti-human vision on the rest of the world through any means necessary, those who would seek to crush the artistic expression of others purely out of spite, jealousy and fear.
How dare anyone defend such appalling wickedness.