Pakistan: Principal shot dead by student for ‘blasphemy’

Blasphemy and funeral prayer

Relatives say prayers at the home of Sareer Ahmed, principal of the private Islamia College, who according to police was shot by a student accusing him of blasphemy in Charsadda, Pakistan January 23, 2017. REUTERS/ Fayaz Aziz. The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles about free speech

Source: Reuters

By Saad Sayed

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies supporting the country’s strict blasphemy laws, a police official said.

Sareer Ahmed, principal of the private Islamia College in the northern town of Charsadda, had an argument with one of his students for missing a number of classes. The student then shot the principal on campus, local police chief Zahoor Afridi told Reuters.

He said the unnamed student had attended a sit-in staged by a new ultra-religious political party, Tehreek-e-Labaik, late last year to oppose a small change in wording to an electoral law, which it said amounted to blasphemy.
The protest, which brought the capital Islamabad to a standstill, ended in clashes between police and demonstrators that killed seven people and injured over 200. It also led the government to back down and accept the resignation of a minister accused of blasphemy.

“Obviously now he is going to say that he (the principal) committed blasphemy. This is a very unfortunate incident,” Afridi added.
Insulting Islam’s prophet is punishable by death under Pakistani law, and blasphemy accusations stir such emotions that they are difficult to defend against. Even a rumor of blasphemy can spark mob violence.

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2 replies

  1. Blasphemy law has caused thousand life and destroyed the image of Islam became the barbaric image of Islam. Very sad. So far no one can stop this barbaric killing in the name of Islam.

    We need to change it

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