On July 12, 2013 Abdul Razzaq, a Professor at the Khuzdar Degree College in Khuzdar, Balochistan, was gunned down by armed men. According to newspaper and police reports, Professor Razzaq was riding his motorcycle on his way home when the armed men fired upon him. Another unnamed college professor who was traveling with him was also reported to be injured in the attack but was not named in news reports.
Professor Razzaq was well known around the Khuzdar area for supporting girls’ education. As of this report, no militant group has taken responsibility for the attack.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the targeted killing of a professor. In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom and institutional autonomy. State officials have a responsibility to ensure the security of higher education communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators accountable.