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Blasphemy! Torch the school!

Another girls’ school set on fire in Pakistan.

A large number of people, including activists of religious parties, ransacked and set on fire a girls’ school in Lahore and clashed with police following reports that a question paper for a test had contained blasphemous references to the Prophet, police said today.

Reports, please note. Also known as rumors. Reports that something something, so whammo, set fire to a girls’ school.

Residents of Karim Park near Data Darbar began gathering outside the school yesterday morning following reports that its owner, Asim Farooqi, and teacher Arifa had committed blasphemy.

According to witnesses, the mob surrounded the three school buildings and forced their entry into the complex even after a large police contingent was deployed at the spot.

A sizeable number of activists of the Islami Jamiat Talba and JuD were part of the crowd and they demanded that the police should hand over the blasphemers to them.

The protesters subsequently forced their entry into the buildings after police used teargas in an attempt to disperse them. They let terrified students vacate the buildings and searched for the “blasphemers”.

So that they could beat them to death?

Legislators Mian Marghoob and Khawaja Imran Nazir of the PML-N that rules Punjab and senior police officers reached the spot and requested the protesters to go home so that police could investigate the matter.

“I assure you the government will thoroughly investigate the matter and will not spare those involved in blasphemy,” promised Nazir, who is the political secretary to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Later, police claimed they had arrested both Farooqi and Arifa and booked them under the harsh blasphemy law.

A police official said that the private school’s administration had set a question paper for a test a few days ago that allegedly contained “indecent” remarks about the Prophet Mohammed.

I would say something harsh, but Chris Stedman might report me to the Huffington Post.

Comments

  1. Rodney Nelson says

    Reports of blasphemy. Somehow I have a nasty suspicion those reports were spread by the instigators of the mob.

  2. brucegee1962 says

    I was listening to an interview today on Thomas Ricks, who has written several books on the American military. He says there is a growing consensus that Pakistan is basically our enemy now, drifting to extremism, and pretty much our biggest threat and problem in the region. He said that Afghanistan would probably turn out ok after we left if it didn’t have Pakistan next door destabilizing it.

  3. xmaseveeve says

    Pathetic, scumbag, beardy bastard excuses of human beings. Coincidental that it was a girls’ school?

  4. navigator says

    The BBC coverage says the teacher made a mistake when copying out a homework assignment. So the religious fundies decided the teacher (a woman) should die for her mistake. And no, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s a school for girls.

  5. Ex Patriot says

    These cretins are a total disgrace to the human race. They can take their stone age crap and stuff it where the sun doesn’t shine. Their prophet was a terrorist, pedophile and not worth respect of a worm

  6. Don Quijote says

    I have to ask. Did those gilipollas clear all the Korans out of that school before torching it, or are they now guilty of destroying their beloved book?

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