4 April 2017
Abduction of Dr Riaz Ahmed
Dr Riaz Ahmed, assistant professor in the Applied Chemistry Department at Karachi University and elected representative on the university council, was picked up by security forces on Saturday 1st April, 2017 from outside of Karachi Press Club together with Professor Meher Afroz Murad, now released. He was about to address a scheduled press conference calling for the release from prison of a former colleague, the retired Karachi University professor Dr Zafar Hassan Arif, detained since October 2016.
Media reports reveal that he was arrested by the paramilitary Sindh Rangers. He has now been charged with the possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol, put into the hands of the police and sent to Karachi Central Prison. His lawyer will make an application for bail tomorrow, Monday.
A human rights defender and renowned Marxist intellectual, Dr Riaz has been a strong, non violent voice calling for freedom of expression, for example calling for the release of missing persons such as the Baloch intellectual, Wahid Baloch, held for five months, July-December 2016.
We call on international human rights organizations, UNO, Government of Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Federal Interior Minister of Pakistan and other concerned organizations and people to take notice of the illegal detention of Dr Riaz Ahmed and help ensure his immediate release.
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