A Pakistani student was arrested on Wednesday, 20 March, after he stabbed his professor to death for organising a mixed-gender reception at a government college, police said.
Associate professor Khalid Hameed was killed on Wednesday on the campus of Sadiq Egerton College in the southern city of Bahawalpur, a local police official told AFP.
“The professor had organised a gender mix reception for the new students and the event was supposed to take place tomorrow, on Thursday,” he said.
According to the report registered with the police, a copy of which was seen by AFP, the student had shouted that he killed the professor because he was "spreading obscenity".
A Pakistani journalist in exile has posted a video of the accused on Twitter. As per the video, a reporter is heard telling him that the professor is dead, to which he replies, “Good it happened.”
#DisturbingContentWarning: The boy who killed his teacher in #Bahawalpur says his teacher was a #blasphemer and spoke against #Islam. He says he is happy he killed him.— Taha Siddiqui (@TahaSSiddiqui) March 20, 2019
This is wht happens whn the #state actively radicalizes thru school #curriculum, #media, & #blasphemybrigades pic.twitter.com/1sHJEe8qNZ
“The gender mix reception is against the teachings of Islam and I had warned him to stop it,” he was quoted as saying in the report filed with the police.
‘How Many More Lives,’ Asks Professor’s Son
The professor's son Waleed Khan, who was with him at the time of the incident, said the student was waiting for his father. He asked how many more lives until it is stopped.
"This has happened before and continues to happen but until when? How many more lives?" asks Waleed Khan, son of professor Khalid Hameed who was stabbed to death by his student in Bahawalpur yesterday. pic.twitter.com/ISA3HYbTd1— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) March 21, 2019
“As my father was about to step into his office, the guy attacked him with a knife, hitting him at his head and stomach,” he told AFP.
"My father then fell down and I rushed to him, the student held his knife and started shouting 'I have killed him, I had told him that a gender mix reception is against Islam'," he said.
"We took him to hospital but he had already died," he said. He said the student dropped his knife and the guards arrested him.
The Punjab provincial government said on Twitter that the student had been arrested and the chief minister had sought a report from the police.
Mixed-gender events are not uncommon in Pakistan's educational institutions but they come with more restrictions in government-owned colleges than in private ones. Recently, a government university in Punjab issued a dress code barring female students from wearing tops with a deep neckline, sleeveless shirts, tights, skinny jeans or capri pants.
In many government universities there is a ban on students sitting as "couples" and "inappropriate" interaction between male and female students.
(Published in arrangement with PTI)
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