A teacher at an all-girls religious school was killed by a woman colleague and two students who accused her of blasphemy. Two students and a teacher ambushed Safoora Bibi at the main gate of the school and attacked her with a knife and stick. The girls told police a relative had dreamt the dead woman “had committed blasphemy” against the Prophet Mohammed.
Police thwarted an enraged mob’s attempt to lynch a man accused of blasphemy in Muzaffargarh, arriving just in time to take the victim to a secure, undisclosed location. The man was allegedly spotted burning pages of the Holy Quran in front of a mosque. The complainant in the case confronted the man before locking him in a room and calling police.
With the latest arrests, the number of primary suspects in custody has risen to 21, while a total of 102 have been detained so far and are being interrogated for their suspected involvement in the crime
Punjab Curriculum & Textbook Board (PCTB) Managing Director Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir has banned 100 books being taught in private schools for carrying blasphemous and anti-Pakistan content. PCTB had started critical review of 10,000 books being taught by private schools across Punjab and in first phase banned 100 books of 31 publishers including Oxford and Cambridge for blasphemous, immoral and anti-Pakistan content.
Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who was spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, has released two photographs taken in exile from Canada. Asia was released last year by Pakistan’s top court and flew to Canada, where she reunited with her family at a secret location. Asia released her pictures ahead of her biography launch.
Former university lecturer in Multan, Junaid Hafeez, was sentenced to death on blasphemy charges by a district and sessions court on Saturday. Hafeez was booked on blasphemy charges and was arrested by police on March 13, 2013 and the trial began in 2014. Hafeez, who was also in the process of getting a graduate degree in English Literature, was charged with blasphemy over Facebook uploads.