Charlie Hebdo protesters storm Christian boys' school in Bannu

By AFP
Published: January 27, 2015
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PESHAWAR: Hundreds of students protesting against a French magazine for publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) stormed a Christian boys’ school demanding it close, officials and police said Tuesday.

Four students were slightly hurt in the incident in which took place in Bannu on Monday, which happened as students from local colleges and schools demonstrated against the cartoons printed in French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

“A group of some 200 to 300 protesting students entered Panel High School after jumping its outer walls and forcibly opened the gates,” school principal Fredrick Farhan Das told AFP.

He said the students who wanted the school to be shut damaged the property and smashed windows.

“This caused kind of a stampede, which slightly injured four students,” Das said.

He said the school remained closed on Tuesday in protest against the incident and will re-open on Wednesday.

District police officer Abdul Rashid Khan confirmed the incident but said it was not thought to be an anti-Christian attack.

Two gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, killing 12 people.

Under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, insulting Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) can carry the death penalty, and the country’s prime minister and parliament have strongly condemned the publication of the cartoons.

At least three people were injured on January 16 when protesters and police clashed at an anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration outside the French consulate in Karachi.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Omar
    Jan 27, 2015 - 7:31PM

    Ya Allah help Pakistan. Infested by these illiterates who would hurt kids that have nothing to do with the cartoons. How are these animals any better than TTP..

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  • Get Real
    Jan 27, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Don’t worry guys – white press will not defame us over this. BBC has already declared ‘terrorist’ is too strong a word for Charlie Hebdo gunmen, so we’re on the right track. We’ll all be called ‘pacifists’ instead, more likely.

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  • cosmo
    Jan 27, 2015 - 7:49PM

    What’s wrong with this country. Entire nation is brainwashed in the name of religion.

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  • nightwish
    Jan 27, 2015 - 7:51PM

    what madness?

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  • sars
    Jan 27, 2015 - 7:54PM

    These are not students they are hooligans who should be punished

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  • BachaBazi
    Jan 27, 2015 - 7:54PM

    “District police officer Abdul Rashid Khan confirmed the incident but said it was not thought to be an anti-Christian attack.”

    He’s right you know. The fact that it was a Christian School had nothing to do with the attack. It had to do with it being a boys’ school since protesting girls education is now out of fashion.

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  • salman
    Jan 27, 2015 - 8:27PM

    The leader of this protest needs to be arrested.

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  • sameera
    Jan 27, 2015 - 8:30PM

    Offences that provoke violence are the ones most worth defending. This kind of mob mentality needs to be crushed. JeSuisCharlie.

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  • Oats
    Jan 27, 2015 - 8:41PM

    @BachaBazi: The illiterates who attacked the school do not understand that the Pope spoke out against religious intolerance. They have no understanding that most modern Europeans are largely areligious and do not even identify with Christianity. When I went to school in Europe, most of my European classmates thought of all religion as nonsense. The irony is that those Europeans who are genuinely Christian are the only ones who are against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

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  • Farhan
    Jan 27, 2015 - 8:48PM

    Shameful act. These guys are just inflicting damage to Islam and Pakistan. Senseless and unaware people.

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  • Had enough
    Jan 27, 2015 - 8:49PM

    These crazy mullahs and their illiterates ignorant hordes will never learn.

    They are the biggest risk and insult to Islam.

    Pakistani mullahs should pay a mullah tax for all the destruction they have brought on this country.

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  • Wajahat
    Jan 27, 2015 - 9:31PM

    @BachaBazi:

    Were you trying to be funny?

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  • Rumormonger
    Jan 27, 2015 - 9:45PM

    These Hebdo guys were all atheist. Can we not differentiate?

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  • Anonymous
    Jan 27, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Police should enter in the maderssa of thouse protesters,studentd and as a punishment take out their cap , clean shaved them thereafter declair them sub-atheist . This much is immidiately required to cheak the repitition of such incidence through out the country . Since it is not an antichristian move then no one will blame the govt. For her prochristian move but will take it as anti terrorist move rather .Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Jan 27, 2015 - 10:50PM

    The attack by Muslims on a Pakistani Christian school, to protest Charlie Hebdo is just as absurd as would be an attack by Pakistani Christians on a madressah to protest Charlie Hebdo. The Pope has condemned lampooning religions and Hebdo.
    Thank God that this school’s teachers were not armed with automatic weapons.

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  • BachaBazi
    Jan 27, 2015 - 11:24PM

    @Wajahat:

    @BachaBazi:
    Were you trying to be funny?

    Take a guess – OK, let me soften it up a bit for you – Either District Police Officer Abdul Rashid Khan was trying to be funny, or I was. Take your pick.

    While we are at it, is the irony of your handle and your question to me apparent to you?

    No? I thought so too.

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  • BachaBazi
    Jan 27, 2015 - 11:48PM

    @Oats:
    @BachaBazi: The illiterates who attacked the school do not understand

    Beg pardon, Sir, but the third word of the first sentence of this news story calls the attackers ‘students’ for some reason. I don’t have the benefit of an European education, so I may have mistakenly drawn the conclusion that had something to do with literacy – my apologies.

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  • Jan 28, 2015 - 1:21AM

    Astagfarullah – May Allah help us to get rid of these jahils in one way or another.

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 28, 2015 - 1:21AM

    OMG……what is wrong with these guys, don’t understand that student in that Christian school has nothing to do what has happened in France.

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  • Ruby
    Jan 28, 2015 - 3:13AM

    First they are protesting against some cartoons!! And they storm a school that has nothing to do with the cartoons to express their anger?!! And the police guy says this is not an anti-Christian attack? So the hooligans chose the one Christian school in the area just by throwing dice?! Unbelievable!!

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  • Kashim
    Jan 28, 2015 - 6:19AM

    If the west wants to protect Christian they should not publish these Cartoon. This is a natural consqequence.

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  • Crusader
    Jan 28, 2015 - 7:17AM

    Obviously nobody told them that the pope himself condemned the cartoons

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  • Zaida Parvez
    Jan 28, 2015 - 8:23AM

    Pakistan is trapped between religion and ignorance and there’s no way out of it.

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  • Marco
    Jan 28, 2015 - 8:53AM

    @Kashim: No wonder Pakistan is being pushed to stone ages by ignorants like you. Charlie Hebdo makes cartoon of every religion including christianity. So please go ahead, blame the Christians for your ignorance and immaturity. Let’s see where Pakistan ends up in a few years. Also… please stop begging daily from the same Christian countries.

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  • Omar
    Jan 28, 2015 - 8:59AM

    @Kashim:
    Seriously?

    How many Christians have west cared for that are getting abducted in Syria and Iraq and getting slaughtered?. They would care least about Pakistani Christians. You need to show signs of intelligent human behavior before Darwinism consumes you. Sorry about being harsh but people like you are exactly what’s wrong with this world!

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  • TooTrue
    Jan 28, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @Kashim:
    Publishing a cartoon is equivalent to destroying private property and killing people? Get a perspective. Say after me: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

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  • Zain
    Jan 28, 2015 - 5:35PM

    Every action has an equal opposite reaction. If you disrespect muslims then you should expect some reaction. h

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  • Arsha
    Jan 28, 2015 - 11:38PM

    @Kashim:
    Your comment is priceless!
    If You think any western country cares about Christians world over like Pakistan considers itself the representative of Muslims world over then you really need to rethink. In western countries the concept of a religion based identity is totally overshadowed by nationalistic identity. For them a Pakistani Christian is no more or less than any other Pakistani.

    What is amazing that you are willing to harm people of your own country because of something that is done by people of another country. And that’s what is priceless!

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  • Arsha
    Jan 28, 2015 - 11:39PM

    @Zain:
    So your reaction to action of few french people is to harm few Pakistani people? Great logic indeed!!!!!!

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 29, 2015 - 7:37AM

    @Zain:
    By your logic, then since these MUSLIMS disrespected the Christian school, then MUSLIMS can expect some reaction!!!

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  • Marco
    Jan 29, 2015 - 1:12PM

    @Zain: If we go by this theory… then unfortunately there won’t be any muslim’s left in the world. Those who disrespect God, only God has the right to punish them. Man should not destroy what God has created.

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  • Appan
    Jan 29, 2015 - 8:58PM

    A group of some 200 to 300 protesting students entered Panel High School after jumping its outer walls and forcibly opened the gates,” school principal Fredrick Farhan Das told AFP.”**
    They look like rowdies and not students. See the photo. GOD save Pakistan from these idiots and those mullas inciting them

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