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Arabic language teacher arrested in Muzaffargarh over blasphemy claim: says Police

MUZAFFARGARH: An Arabic language teacher has been accused of blasphemy and arrested by the police in Muzaffargarh.

According to police, Gibreel Ahmed, who teaches the Arabic language in government school Muzaffargarh, has been accused by the parents of one of his students over blasphemy charges.

Police Inspector of Muzaffargarh, Javed Akhtar told media personnel that Gibreel Ahmed was arrested on May 14 after administration of Government High School Gurmani filed a complaint against him.

“The school administration filed a complaint against Ahmed, accusing him of allegedly beating two brothers in the sixth grade for not coming to class on time,” said the Inspector, on the conditions of anonymity.

“But four days after the original complaint, the parents arrived at the police station to accuse Ahmed of blasphemy,” he added.

On the other side, the school administration said no mention of blasphemy had been made before in the police complaint.

According to a lawyer, Shahbaz Ali Gurmani, the case seems fake and has been lodged to take revenge from the accused.

“This is happening across Pakistan now, unfortunately, that wherever a blasphemy case is lodged there appears personal, social or political motive behind it in the most cases,” he said.

The school’s headmaster also said that the initial complaint from the parents had made no mention of blasphemy. However, the teacher has been suspended over the complaint.

“The teacher did beat the students and was suspended for it,” said the headmaster, Qazi Muhammad Ajmal.

“But the blasphemy allegation seems to be “baseless”,” he added.

When police called the complainant, Muhammad Bilal to take his statement, he said that Ahmed would often beat students.

“My son told me that the teacher beat them for not carrying out a blasphemous act,” he said. “We were angry and we took up the issue.”

The police said that Ahmed is being held in jail as an investigation is carried out.+


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.