A professor of Shah Abdul Latif College, Khairpur, was arrested by the native police underneath blasphemy fees on Wednesday.
Prof Sajid Soomro, who can be a author recognized for his books on Sindhi-Mohajir unity, was arrested from his home in Ali Murad Mohalla, Khairpur metropolis.
In line with eyewitnesses, police officers in not less than 4 police vans cordoned off the world and tried to apprehend Soomro, who closed the door of his home and referred to as buddies to tell them concerning the raid previous to his arrest.
“Dozens of police officials were present to arrest him. We were shocked to see the police rush to arrest a university professor in this way,” stated Advocate Fayaz Khamisani, Soomro’s good friend and Khairpur Bar Affiliation joint secretary.
Talking to The Specific Tribune, Khamisani stated that he tried to persuade the police to not arrest Soomro, however they barged into the professor’s residence forcefully and detained him.
“The allegations are very serious,” acknowledged Khamisani, explaining that Part 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, talked about within the FIR in opposition to Soomro, was non-bailable. “We have to check if the police sought permission from the home department before registering this FIR.”
Activist and lawyer Sattar Zangejo, one other good friend of Soomro’s, stated that such allegations would make issues tough for a lot of activists looking for to focus on points in society. In line with him, Soomro had been engaged in a tussle with Ahmed Solangi, one other member of literary organisation Sindhi Adabi Sangat, in latest months.
Zangejo informed The Specific Tribune that Soomro had additionally participated within the funeral of famend Sindh author, historian and activist Atta Mohammad Bhanbhro, who handed away final week. “The unique will of Bhanbhro was fulfilled by people such as Soomro,” he stated, including that chains had been positioned on Bhanbro’s grave in accordance together with his will.
Condemning Soomro’s arrest and the costs in opposition to him, activists, writers and members of civil society demanded that the Sindh authorities provoke an inquiry into the registration fo such a case in opposition to a college instructor.
“We want the government to withdraw the blasphemy charges against Soomro,” insisted activist and Sindh College professor Dr Arfana Mallah. “I appeal to the educated people of Sindh to raise their voices against such acts.”
In the meantime, Khairpur SSP Umar Tufail didn’t touch upon the matter regardless of repeated calls.
The FIR, a duplicate of which is accessible with The Specific Tribune, mentions that the case has been lodged by the state.