You find all sorts of people on Twitter, sometimes discussing but mostly arguing… One of the most popular debates apart from Karachi vs Lahore happens to be LUMS vs all other institutes.
Pakistani twitter is so dramatic, it starts with kulbhushan, ends with ukhano, then next day it is LUMS, and then it will be something more dramatic at night.
— R. (@AjeebBaatHay) July 18, 2019
A girl shared how she felt about LUMS students flexing about their institute:
Let me say this out for you.
Just because you got into LUMS doesnt mean you were OUT OF THE WORLD smart or some genius born after centuries.
It simply means, you are a Privildeged elitist whose dad can pay for a private uni.
Now Stfu and stop flexing about being frOm LUMS.
— 🙄 (@always_opposed) July 8, 2019
And a very charged up student decided to give her a piece of his mind:
1. Money is not only enough for you to get into LUMS
2. #LUMS people carry a class that money doesnt buy
3. Yes My Dad is Rich, Deal with it bitch pic.twitter.com/B31FXOXrRI
— Ali Zar Raza (@alizarraza) July 17, 2019
Quite Often I see, people making fun of #LUMS for being over priced.
There is a reason why Qmobile is not comparable to APPLE
Quality doesnt come cheap.
— Ali Zar Raza (@alizarraza) July 6, 2019
His tweet triggered a ton of people:
Certainly money does not buy you into Lums, but when quality public education is non-existent, having money certainly paves the way. A few exceptional students get in who don’t come from privilege but for many, their privilege matters. Also check the arrogance please.
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) July 18, 2019
As he started getting called out he decided to make a video response:
Not Sorry #LUMS se na Takrana Babies pic.twitter.com/gxqLdREDqg
— Ali Zar Raza (@alizarraza) July 17, 2019
His video gathered a lot of attention, but not all attention is good attention. The internet really came for him!
Self claimed intellectuals bhi usi kachre ke dabbay mein hotay hain. Says not everyone at Lums is an elitist and then goes on to be an elitist about how Lums walay are a level above the rest. Lums is actually a wonderful institute which you're doing a great disservice to
— Raja Abdullah (@rajameyang) July 18, 2019
Is your mom as savage as her? We think not!
My dear LUMS is not ultimate. Two of my sons got admission and refused to attend due to low mental levels of it's newly emerged rich class like your's.
— I HATE SELECTED PM. (@ehtesham_ulhaq) July 18, 2019
B U R N N N!
@fatherofyousaf It wont take someone from ivy league schools or from the likes of oxford and cambridge to put this arrogant low life in place. Somebody from an MAO College or Kharian degree college No 2 could whoop his sorry ass and teach him a thing or two about good upbringing
— Asif (@walstreetblues) July 18, 2019
imagine having your entire personality revolving aroung an institute https://t.co/2QfyXC0xwI
— * (@laalbattii) July 18, 2019
People really wanted him to stop embarrassing himself and his institute:
“Jo log lums main nahin parhty woh bhi humari tarah intellect ho skty hain” lmaooooooooo. Dude pls stop embarrassing yourself. It’s painful to see.
— Rubab (@RhubarbsnCarbs) July 18, 2019
People were weighing the students at LUMS:
If he is from LUMS, then LUMS is gutter.
— Engr_Shehriyar (@ShehriyarEngr) July 17, 2019
Bold statements were made:
LUMS is a machine which manufactures bureaucrats, CEOs, elite in almost every department, but also bigots, whippersnappers and rich dads’ hellions who show mid-finger to others.
Most of the alumni is DEGREE YAFTA yet GHAIR TALEEM YAFTA, who don’t know the basics of etiquettes.
— Usman Waali (@HazratNaCheez) July 18, 2019
Some gave him a much needed reality check:
Lol . Who studies in this university and thinks he's the greatest student in world. Where lums class ends , foreign universities class begin my friend . It's same as Punjabi saying, anon me kana Raja ^.
— Gutsy Boy 💪 (@ibi_universe) July 18, 2019
People were calling him out for bringing bad name to the institute:
Nincompoops like this guy have always brought shame to an otherwise great institution.
— Saad Rajput (@SaadRajput22) July 18, 2019
Many suggested that he chills out because it was just LUMS:
Lol dude it's LUMS not Harvard chill out
— Qasim Ahsan (@smqasimahsan) July 18, 2019
Chill out. Oxford nahi hai. It's LUMS. And almost every private university, law and medical schools have the same standards and fee structure than that of LUMS. Easy bro
— Maryam Hassnain Syed (@meryamhassnain) July 18, 2019
Aik to Lums ke burgero ne pta nhi khud ko kya sumjha hua hai..ajeeb hawao me rehte ho tm log..LUMS hai Oxford university nhi..beith joa aram se
— Muniba… (@Muneebawajid1) July 18, 2019
Lums ha harvard nai. Easy ho jao
— namecannotbeblank (@grumblengrumble) July 18, 2019
People started tagging the official account of LUMS for action to be taken:
@LifeAtLUMS are you watching?
— M Waheed Athar (@MWAthaR7) July 18, 2019
Shots were fired:
This guy has done (and continues to do) some serious damages to #LUMS Goodwill.
Misogynist, as well as, he enjoys publicly to insult oppressed social classes.
I still assume that #LUMS & its students do not agree with his thoughts.
Dear @alizarraza , Get ready to be expelled! pic.twitter.com/jWh773GYco
— Zahid Ali (@ZahidAliACCA) July 18, 2019
I guess time will tell:
Would he be expelled from university or scolded and put apology on the social media for humiliating the underprivileged in this society.
— Kaukab Zahid (@ZahidKaukab) July 18, 2019
He even got precious advice from a senior:
So a very sincere advice from a senior: Be humble, let your work speak, wait for the time others speak highly of you. This narcissistic attitude hardly ever helps!
— Taha Samad (@SamadTaha) July 18, 2019
He has a point:
The reason why some people from Lums seem so pretentious is because Pakistan is a highly classist society. The main goal of every desi person in life is to impress others with their wealth and status
— Haider (@hodornm) July 18, 2019
People were questioning his common sense:
It’s just sad and pathetic when you’re trying to argue that you’re superior because you’re going to #LUMS , and you can’t even hold up your stupid sign the right way for the camera #fail pic.twitter.com/c2Z1IFIbT0
— Khurram Qureshi (@fatherofyousaf) July 18, 2019
People wished he had bought self-awareness from daddy’s money:
Claims class cannot be bought by money, compares LUMS to apple, whilst tweeting classy lines about “cum”. From an Android. If his dad is so rich, why can’t he afford self awareness? pic.twitter.com/JXCXZsYgu1
— nope (@sheikhityaar) July 18, 2019
i hope all everyone from LUMS is ashamed
— Ranting Pakistani (@RantsPakistani) July 18, 2019
People were sharing their reactions:
My reaction to @alizarraza's video about #LUMS pic.twitter.com/1qdEycUtzY
— SS (@SAMjhotaXpress) July 18, 2019
And while people were bashing Ali for the distasteful video, there were a few who urged others to not blame the institute itself:
Whatever Ali Zar said is not what a sane person does but defaming the whole institute is a bit unfair. LUMS has contributed much to this country and it goes without saying, one person cannot represent the masses. #LUMS
— Waleed Iqbal (@waleeediqbal) July 18, 2019
This video is just a cheap publicity stunt and a source of shame for all the luminites. Trust me, #LUMS is a wonderful place that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Do not generalise your opinions based on a shitty video the very purpose of which is to gain cheap fame.
— Zohaib Babar (@zohaibbabar97) July 18, 2019
Marvi, with all due respect (& keeping in mind professors like me are often the harshest critics of LUMS) but using one student’s tweets to question the quality of integrity of the institution is a bit unfair. While LUMS is far from perfect, we do have a lot to be proud of.
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) July 18, 2019
The viral video gathered so much negative feedback that the student body at LUMS issued an apology:
The students of LUMS, on a personal level, decided to respond to tweets circulated by Ali Zar. Here is what we have to say, and we hope you have faith in our sincerity as we say this: #LUMS #Students #apology #statement pic.twitter.com/0hVivCYCWM
— Safa Imran (@notsafaimran) July 18, 2019
What do you think about this lad shaming the society for being under-privileged? Let us know in the comments below!