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School Teacher Killed By Colleague, Student For “Blasphemy”

Islamabad:

A teacher at an all -girls religious school was killed by a female colleague and two students who accused her of insulting religion, Pakistani police said on Wednesday, the latest killing in the country related to the highly sensitive issue.

Some issues in Pakistan culminate such as blasphemy, and even the slightest suggestion of insulting Islam can provoke protests and incite the death penalty.

The latest incident took place Tuesday in Dera Ismail Khan in the country’s ultra -conservative northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.

Police said two students and a teacher ambushed Safoora Bibi at the school’s main gate and attacked her with knives and sticks.

“He died after his throat was slit,” police officer Saghir Ahmed told AFP.

The main suspect was a colleague who planned the crime along with two nephews who were studying at Jamia Islamia Falahul Binaat school, police said.

The girls told police a relative had dreamed the dead woman was “committing blasphemy” against the Prophet Muhammad, officials said, adding they were also investigating if the main suspect, Umra Aman, had a personal grudge.

Azeem Khan, another police officer, confirmed the details.

Known as madrasahs, religious schools have long served as an important lifeline for millions of poor children in Pakistan, where social services are chronically underfunded.

But critics say students can be brainwashed by hardline scholars who value learning to memorize the Koran over core subjects like math and science.

Human rights groups say Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often used to settle personal grudges.

Last year, a Sri Lankan factory manager working in Pakistan was beaten to death and burned by a mob after being accused of insulting religion.

The Center for Social Justice-an independent group that fights for minority rights-said at least 84 people were charged with blasphemy last year, and three people were killed by a criminal group on similar charges.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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