Principal murder case: Accused remanded into police custody

Principal murder case: Accused remanded into police custody

CHARSADDA: A local court in Shabqadar on Tuesday handed over the accused, Faheem Ashraf, who killed the principal of private college, into police custody on a three-day physical remand.
Faheem Ashraf – a second-year student at New Islamia Public College Shabqadar – opened fire at his principal Sareer Ahmed after the two argued over the student’s absence from college to attend the Faizabad sit-in in the federal capital in November, police said on Monday.
Slain college principal Sareer Ahmed was laid to rest in Charsadda.Sareer Ahmed, college principal killed by his student
Private schools in the town remained closed today in mourning, while students and colleagues paid tribute to the slain principal. All the private schools in Charsadda will remain closed for three days in mourning.
Sareer Ahmed was an honest and diligent man and true to his values, the deceased’s acquaintances reminisced.
The accused was arrested from the crime scene and his weapon seized by the police, which said that investigators were trying to ascertain if the accused had hurled blasphemy allegations against the principal as an excuse for the killing.
Police said that according to initial investigation, the accused had taken three days’ leave of absence from the college to attend the sit-in in Islamabad.
The protest, which brought the federal capital to a virtual standstill for weeks in November last year, ended in violent clashes between police and demonstrators that injured over 200. It also led the government to back down and accept the resignation of the federal law minister.
According to students and colleagues of the deceased, Sareer Ahmed was a practicing Muslim, a Hafiz-e-Quran, and held a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Peshawar. He has left behind a wife, three daughters, and a son.


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