ISLAMABAD: The death of a Sargodha University professor in judicial custody and the pictures of his handcuffed dead body have stirred an uproar on social media.
Social media users have flayed the authorities’ treatment with the deceased educationist and the utter disrespect with which the educationist was treated.
University of Sargodha Professor Mian Javed Ahmed, who was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in October in connection with ‘opening illegal campuses,’ died in judicial custody in Lahore District Jail on Friday.
Lahore District Jail authorities said the incarcerated professor experienced a cardiac arrest and was rushed to Services Hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
On Thursday, in the ongoing illegal campuses case, the accountability bureau obtained an extension in the judicial remand until January 2 for Ahmed and four other professors arrested in the same case.
When the pictures of the deceased professor with his hands cuffed was shared, it took the social media with an uproar.
Social media users took to Twitter and Facebook condemning the utmost disrespect with which the professor’s was treated before and after his death.
A Facebook user Syed Mazhar Ali Shah in his lengthy status questioned the fairness and transparency of the entire accountability process.
He urged Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the professor’s custodial death and the treatment he was meted out.
انسانی حقوق کی وزیر میڈم شیریں مزاری کوایک استاد کے ساتھ کئے گئے اس سلوک پر احتجاجاً مستعفی ہوجانا چاہئے pic.twitter.com/sidENAtLsX
— Wajih Sani (@wajih_sani) December 21, 2018
A twitter user Wajih Sani went the extent to demand the resignation of Hum Rights Minister Shireen Mazari over the issue. He said that the Minister must resign in protest against the treatment meted out to the teacher.
Another Facebook user Fayaz Alam wrote in his lengthy status that the whole society was responsible for deteriorating values in the society.
The parties who had been in power for the last 50 years were responsible for all this when even journalists and teachers are being treated like hardened criminals.
ایک اُستاد جو دہشت گرد نہیں تھا، جس پر بدعنوانی کے محض الزامات تھے ہتھکڑیوں میں چل بسا۔ ہم کیسی قوم ہیں اور جو ہمارے ساتھ ہو رہا ہے ہم اسی قابل ہیں ۔ pic.twitter.com/1Mlc6Bv0GF
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) December 21, 2018
Noted anchorperson Asma Sherazi also took to Twitter to condemn the custodial death of the professor. She wrote: ” A teacher who was not a terrorist and was facing mere allegations of corruption died handcuffed. What a nation we are? whatever is happening with us we deserve it.”
Senior journalist and columnist Abdullah Tariq Sohail demanded registration of a murder case against the incumbent NAB chairman Javed Iqbal.
دولت کے بےرحم پجاری جاوید اقبال پر قتل کا مقدمہ درج کرایا جائے۔ اس پر اپنے والدین کے قتل کابھی الزام ھے
— AbdullahTariq Sohail (@ats_tariq) December 21, 2018
Another twitter user Ahsan Rizvi tweeted that how unfortunate was this professor who opened a sub-campus of the University of Sargodha for the promotion of higher education and he died while facing the same allegation, but his handcuff did not get unlocked.
کتنا بد بخت تھا یہ پروفیسر جس نے اعلیٰ تعلیم کی ترویج کے لیے یونیورسٹی آف سرگودھا کا کیمپس کھولا. اسی الزام میں اسے موت آگئی مگر اسکی ہتھکڑیاں نہ کھل سکیں.
انکی روح اپنی ہتھکڑی بندھی لاش دیکھ کر سوچتی ہوگی کہ کاش میں کوئی جہادی مدرسہ یا کھولتا اور ریاستی پروٹوکول انجوائے کرتا. pic.twitter.com/lYuc4O5I51
— Ahsan Rizvi (@AhsanAbbasShah) December 21, 2018
The pictures of handcuffed dead body of the professor are being shared widely, with heavy condemnation of NAB and the jail authorities.