Web Desk(May 12, 2018): Karachi University Applied Chemistry’s Associate Professor Dr. Riaz Ahmed has gone missing from Karachi, his family confirmed on Saturday.
The news was first earlier posted at the Karachi University unofficial facebook page.
The family said that Dr. Riaz was in the varsity till 8 pm on Friday and had his last contact with his wife on the same day, adding that the academician has been missing since 9 pm and his contact number is switched off.
Activists associated with the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) have connected the incident to an alleged crackdown on sympathizers ahead of a rally scheduled for tomorrow.
Over 150 people have been picked up several others are missing including Dr. Riaz Ahmed. The PTM demands that the Constitution of Pakistan be respected. That is all. If this is so threatening, then #dasangaazadida? All activists must be released immediately. #ReleasePTMactivists
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) May 11, 2018
They have demanded the release of Dr. Ahmed and several others allegedly detained as part of the same crackdown.
Describing the professor as Karachi’s “agitator-in-chief”, acclaimed author and writer Mohammad Hanif have also demanded that he be released.
I can’t believe they have picked up Dr. Riaz Ahmed again. He is Karachi’s agitaor-in-chief. That’s his work, that’s what he does. Please let him go… https://t.co/1Jkm2zGyIE
— mohammedhanif (@mohammedhanif) May 12, 2018
Meanwhile, lawyer and activist Jibran Nasir has said that Hashim Khan, who played an instrumental role in highlighting Naqeebullah Mehsud’s extrajudicial killing, was picked up last night for supporting PTM.