Pakistan: Further information: Ailing professor arrested after cancellation of bail: Professor Muhammad Ismail

Index Number: ASA 33/3626/2021

Professor Muhammad Ismail, 66, and an Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience was arrested on 2 February 2021 after his pre-arrest bail was cancelled at his bail confirmation hearing at an Anti-Terrorism Court in Peshawar. Charged with “terror financing” because of the organization his daughter, human rights defender Gulalai Ismail does, he is at risk of a lengthy prison sentence. Professor Ismail recently tested positive for COVID-19, which his family says has weakened his health significantly, exacerbating the risk to his wellbeing if he is sent to jail. Amnesty International calls for all charges against Professor Ismail to be dropped unconditionally, without delay and for his immediate and unconditional release.

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