Student kills college principal for 'reprimanding him over indiscipline'

Published: January 22, 2018
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Sareer Ahmad the principal of Islamia College Shabqadar.PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Sareer Ahmad the principal of Islamia College Shabqadar.PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

SHABQADAR: The principal of a private college was fatally shot allegedly by one of his students over an argument on the student’s indiscipline in Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda district.

Zahoor Babar Afridi, the district police officers of Charsadda, said the deadly shooting took place in Islamia College.

The principal, Sareer Ahmad, was shot and critically injured allegedly by Faheem Shah, a second year student, on the college campus on Monday morning.

The incident took place after the student was allegedly reprimanded by the principal for his poor attendance record. However, the student accused Ahmad of blasphemy.

The student had skipped the classes to attend a sit-in of politico-religious parties in Islamabad’s Faizabad area.

Law enforcers have taken Shah into custody while the principal was driven to hospital to Peshawar, but he succumbed to his critical wounds en route.

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The police have registered an FIR and investigations are ongoing.

The DPO said they were trying to find out how the student had managed to bring a gun inside the college.

The police registered another FIR lodged by another college student, Haris Shah, claiming that he, along with some other students, was eyewitnesses to the crime.

In a video shared on social media, the accused student could be seen making a confessional statement to the police. He apparently justifies his act accusing the principal of blasphemy.

Faculty and students of the college staged a protest demonstration outside the Shabqadar police station calling for the authorities to award exemplary punishment to the alleged killer.

The deceased principal was laid to rest in his native village Attaki Shabqadar.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • bogus
    Jan 22, 2018 - 10:25PM

    You don’t have the right to kill someone over Blasphemy – if the State changed it’s laws maybe the people might figure that out. It should be obvious by now that many abuse the existing Blasphemy laws – time to make a change. Recommend

  • ghulam sarwar
    Jan 22, 2018 - 11:17PM

    Loss of a good teacher and the killer will also suffer much.That is all due to the bad laws in the country. The bad law is there to support the killer but nobody is allowed to take the law in own hands. The religious leaders and Government are responsible who arranged the sit in.The Killer had attended the Faizabad sit in. Must be hot headed.Recommend

  • Johnbaba
    Jan 23, 2018 - 12:51AM

    accusing enemy for blasphemy that is every killer’s life line in Pakistan. On the other hand Principal could have used his pen instead of his voiceRecommend

  • MS
    Jan 23, 2018 - 12:53AM

    @ghulam sarwar:
    Please don’t do reverse engineering. Bad parenting gives society and country bad people who make bad laws. Recommend

  • Naeem
    Jan 23, 2018 - 12:57AM

    These are only the “Side effects” of what we are teaching our people. Nothing will improve unless you shall base all teachings based on “Honesty and Truth”.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jan 23, 2018 - 3:48AM

    I am afraid this student Faheem Shah will go free because he has quoted blasphemy as the reason for killing the principal.Recommend

  • WorldFullofHate
    Jan 23, 2018 - 5:04AM

    It is so evident that he is saying to safe his behind. Recommend

  • Hina Raheem
    Jan 23, 2018 - 6:20AM

    Looks like ‘blasphemy’ has given any disgruntled misfit the excuse to slay someone else. What a sorry state of affairs.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 23, 2018 - 7:57AM

    @bogus:
    What about TNT and Ilm Deen? Had the principal been non-Muslim that everyone would have supported, now because he is a Muslim so you have problem.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jan 23, 2018 - 10:11AM

    Very disturbing. When you stand on your head believing Man can protect God rather than the other way around, you throw both rational thinking and common sense to the wolves. Making killers into heroes like in case of Mumtaz Qadri also has dangerous downsides. Recommend

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