Sajid Soomro, a professor at Sajid Ali Khan University was arrested under blasphemy charges by the local police on Wednesday. He was arrested from his home in Ali Murad Mohalla, Khairpur.
“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,” said Advocate Fayaz Khamisani, Khairpur Bar Association joint secretary and Soomro’s friend.
“The allegations are very serious,” stated Khamisani, adding that the police had registered a non-bailable FIR. “We have to check if the police sought permission from the home department before registering this FIR.”
There has been a public outcry against the arrest, with members of civil society and activists protesting against the action taken by the police. Furethermore, many such activists have called on the Sindh Government to investigate the matter, as to how such a serious blasphemy case could registered against a university professor.