Violence brews at BZU

By: Our Staff Reporter | March 15, 2013

MULTAN – A visiting lecturer of English Department of Bahauddin Zakariya University, who has been accused of blasphemy, was the target of a students rally bought out against him while Tehreek Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (TTNR) held a protest meeting here on Thursday.

The participants of the rally and protest meeting demanded the immediate arrest and execution of the lecturer, even warning to the government that they would take to the roads if the action was not taken forthwith. The visiting lecturer and MPhil student in English Department is accused by those making the allegation of some supposedly offensive remarks on a social networking website which has sparked outrage in BZU. The BZU administration cancelled the admission and hostel allotment of the accused  and a ban was imposed on his entry. He has fled in fear of his life.

Meanwhile, addressing a joint meeting of all religious parties under the umbrella of TTNR, the leaders Qari Ahmad Mian, Dr Ashraf Ali Ateeq, Asif Mahmood Akhwani, Rao Zafar Iqbal, Syed Khalid Mahmood Nadeem, Inayat Ullah Rehmani, Syed Kafeel Shah Bokhari and others condemned the incident and condemned BZU for “sheltering Ahmadis”. They demanded the government take notice of supposedly concurrent blasphemy incidents at BZU and launch an immediate action or the TTNR would encircle the varsity and mete out its own decided punishment itself, without trial.

Meanwhile, the Alpa Police arrested the accused from the Sahiwal area while he was traveling to Lahore. Police sources said that a blasphemy case has been registered against him.