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University Professor Arrested by NAB Dies in Judicial Custody

LAHORE: A professor of University of Sargodha, who was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in illegal campus case, died in judicial custody.

University of Sargodha Professor Mohammad Javed died in Lahore District Jail on Friday. NAB had arrested him in October this year in connection with ‘opening illegal campuses’ of the University.

According to the Lahore District Jail authorities, the professor complained of chest pain and was rushed to Services Hospital. However, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

On Thursday, an accountability court had extended the judicial remand of Javed and other professors arrested in the same case till January 2, 2019.

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The university’s former registrar retired Brig Rao Jamil, Lahore sub-campus’ former CEO Mian Javed, Mandi Bahauddin sub-campus CEO Waris and his partner Naeem, and former director of administration Akram were the other suspects arrested by NAB.

Following the professor’s died, the NAB’s Lahore chapter issued a clarification. The bureau said in a statement the suspect had been in judicial remand since October and that his good health had been verified by jail authorities before he was taken into custody.

“The deceased had been shifted to the jail in good health,” the statement said, adding that the professor had been taken to Services Hospital today “after he experienced chest pains”.

The accountability bureau strongly condemned the notion that the professor passed away in NAB’s custody and expressed grief over his passing.

Meanwhile, the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights Chairman Mustafa Nawaz took notice of the professor’s death in custody.

The committee summoned the NAB director general and the IG Prisons Punjab in person at the committee’s next meeting.