The vice chancellor was sent on forced leave on Sept 19, 2019, a day after the video went viral on social media. The video showed Prof Abid dancing with a woman in a room. The social media outrage prompted Governor Shah Farman, who is also the chancellor of the university, to form a three members committee to look into the matter.
Sources quoted the vice-chancellor as telling investigators that the video showing him dance was real but he danced before becoming the vice-chancellor and that, too, outside the campus. Prof Abid also alleged that a retired government official used the video to blackmail him for employment in the university. Sources said the probe team had declared in its findings that the video in question could be acceptable in the western societies and not in Pakistan.