Karachi: SPLA condemns raid on retired professor’s house in Hyderabad

Category: Education

Karachi (March 27, 2011): Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has condemned the police raid on the residence of a retired professor in Hyderabad.
According to a SPLA statement, police raided the house of (retd) Prof Liaquat Aziz Soomro at 3am without any warrant while the academician is facing no charges which may result in such a raid.
Prof Soomro was not present at the time of the raid and the police misbehaved with his wife and sister, alleged the association. “The police used abusive language while talking to professor’s wife, who is also a retired professor.”
Soomro, who had been a classmate of Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, had called the minister to advise him to issue a notification for granting timescale to the teachers despite using police them, the statement read. However, the telephonic conversation ended up without any fruitful result and later on, the police raided the professor’s house, it said. The SPLA believes that this was an attempt to threaten the teachers and force them to withdraw their demands of timescale and other issues.
The SPLA also reacted to the statement given by the coordinator of the education minister and said that he was releasing a statement against the teachers of grade 18, 19 and 20. The association appealed to the prime minister and the chief minister to take notice of the statement given by Pir Mazhar and his coordinators against the teaching community. They also urged removal of the education minister and a judicial inquiry against him.

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