Blasphemy allegations: Lahore school principal released on bail

Farooqi Girls' High School headmaster released after LHC grants him bail against Rs200,000 surety.


Afp November 14, 2012

LAHORE: A headteacher caught in a blasphemy row over a piece of homework allegedly containing derogatory references to the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was Wednesday released on bail, his lawyer said.

Asim Farooqi, 77, of Farooqi Girls' High School, was released after the Lahore High Court granted him bail against a Rs200,000 surety, his lawyer Jawad Ashraf told AFP.

A lower court had early this month refused bail and remanded Farooqi in custody for 14 days on charges of blasphemy despite arguments he had no direct part in the case.

A teacher, Arfa Iftikhar, was forced into hiding after a furious mob stormed the school in the eastern city of Lahore over a piece of homework she set. Police are still searching for her.

The school management had subsequently published front page adverts in two leading newspapers after the incident to deny any knowledge of the alleged insults, saying Iftikhar distributed the work just 10 minutes before the school closed for the Eidul Azha holiday.

Activists say Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws are often abused to settle personal scores, and Ashraf said the possibility of a conspiracy against the school, one of the most successful in Lahore, could not be ruled out.

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Reader | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend I think its funny how selective Tribune is in their approval of comments. An Indian can post all sorts of anti-Pakistan comments but when a Pakistani tries to admit his country's faults along with a 'what should we do' they don't approve. Typical manipulative Pakistani media.
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