Dr Riaz — a member of International Socialists Pakistan (ISPak) and a professor at the University of Karachi (KU) — was severely beaten up an hour ago by Rangers personnel at KU.
There was tension throughout the day at Karachi University and all the gates were locked. The Rangers were seen to be in hiding as usual. By 05:00 p.m. Dr Riaz decided to leave for home. He reached the main (silver jubilee) gate of the university, and told the Rangers personnel there to open the gate so that he may leave. He’s a teacher and has the right to get gates opened. The Rangers personnel got abusive, pulled Dr Riaz out of the car, and started beating him up with the butts of their rifles and sticks. They kicked him with their boots as well. Please note that Dr Riaz was absolutely unarmed.
Students who tried to protect Dr Riaz bled as well, reportedly. He’s in bad shape right now. I’ll post updates as soon as I receive them.
Moreover, we condemn the treatment meted out to Dr Riaz, and demand a full-scale inquiry into the incident. Dr Riaz is a respected activist, and is a comrade of ours. We stand by him and his family. We will not watch silently while our friends are attacked so brutally for no reason whatsoever.