Pakistan: Teacher accused of blasphemy in hiding

Teacher accused of blasphemy in hiding

Lahore: A Pakistani teacher at the centre of a blasphemy row was in hiding on Friday as her school management denied responsibility for the "dirty act" and called for her to be punished.

Arfa Iftikhar was forced into hiding after a mob stormed Farooqi Girls' High School in the eastern city of Lahore over a piece of homework she set that allegedly contained derogatory references to the Prophet Muhammad.

The school took out front page ads in two leading newspapers Friday to deny it had any knowledge of the supposed insults to the Prophet, saying Iftikhar distributed the work just 10 minutes before the school closed for the Eid al-Adha holiday. The school's headmaster Asim Farooqi has been remanded in custody for 14 days.

US says Imran used detention for mileage

ISLAMABAD: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan used his detention and quizzing by American authorities in Toronto for political mileage, US Deputy Chief of Mission in Pakistan, Richard Hoagland, has said. "A lot of the story that went out was not very accurate but played up for political purposes," Hoagland said in Peshawar on Thursday. "In principle, nobody is ever stopped from entering the US for their political beliefs," he said.

Malala's dad may get job in Pak mission

ISLAMABAD: The father of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban, is likely to get a job in the Pakistani mission in London so that the family can stay abroad for a few years. Ziauddin Yousufzai is set to apply for asylum in Britain with his family, which could further embarrass Pakistan, The News Daily quoted its sources as saying. Sources said Interior Minister Rehman Malik had assured Ziauddin of a job in the Pakistan High Commission in London.

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