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Pakistan arrests Univ. of Illinois professor on treason charge

Shahbaz Gill Clinical, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police arrested a prominent politician from the party of former Prime Minister Imran Khan for allegedly attempting to incite soldiers to revolt against the top military leadership.

The arrest Tuesday of Shahbaz Gill, chief of staff at Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party, was quickly condemned by party officials, including Khan, who took to Twitter to denounce Gill’s arrest.

The charges against Gill carry up to a death sentence if he is found guilty.

Gill’s arrest came a day after he appeared on the country’s ARY news channel and spoke at length about the current political situation. In it he urged troops up to the brigadier level not to accept any illegal order from the top military leadership.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign confirms that Gill is a professor. 

The Gies College of Business website lists him as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration. 

In a statement to Illinois Public Media News, university spokesperson Robin Kaler says Gill is still employed by the university but was not scheduled to teach a course during the Fall 2022 semester. 

“We have not been able to independently verify any of the news about recent events in Pakistan, but we do not condone violence and Prof. Gill and his family are in our thoughts as we follow this developing situation,” said Kaler. 

 

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