As recounted by the Kazi family, whose member, Professor Dr. Hameedullah Kazi, was arrested on Saturday night accused of issuing false titles, strong police contingents raided their homes as if they were wanted criminals.
Hameedullah, who was granted bail against 50,000 rupees bail from a local court on Sunday, told media that he and his family were harassed and humiliated when eight to 10 plainclothes officers accompanied by two or three uniformed people entered the his house.
They pushed me like a criminal and dragged me into a vehicle. The police also took my father’s mobile phone, my son’s CCTV camera and game console.
According to him, the police asked him to cover his face with his kameez shirt because he was being transferred to an undisclosed location. Half an hour later he was locked up in the Budhani police station, where he remained for more than three hours while his family ran from one pillar to another to find out his whereabouts.
The police later transferred him to the Hatri police station, where he spent the rest of the night. He was brought in shackles before the court. During the hearing, the judge pointed out contradictions in the sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the content of the FIR.
He also asked the police to remove the chancellor’s handcuffs. He said that the FIR refers to a conspiracy against the university, but no section of the PPC related to that offense has been inserted.
All of this was done in the name of Dr. Nazir Ashraf Laghari, whom I had suspended from the position of VC [of Isra university he alleged, blaming the police for acting as Laghari’s personal servants.
He appealed to the Supreme Court and IGP Sindh to take note of the partisan action of the Hyderabad Police who knew about the legal dispute between Kazis and Laghari but still took action on the complaint from one side.
Police took action after Zaid Ahmed Laghari, Managing Director of Isra University and son of Isra’s controversial Vice Chancellor, Dr. Nazir Ashraf Laghari, filed an FIR at the Hatri police station nominating four people from the Kazi group.
The Kazi and Laghari families have been at odds and are also fighting legal battles to establish their right to the headship of Isra University since November 2020. The first part claims that the Karachi and Islamabad campuses are under their control, while the the second has been running the main campus in Hyderabad. And this academic clash is known to everyone in the city, especially the police.