An anti-terrorism court in Bahawalpur remanded on Thursday to police custody a college student who allegedly stabbed his professor to death for organising a mixed-gender farewell party at the institution.
Khateeb Hussain, a 5th-semester BS student at the Government Sadiq Egerton College, was arrested a day earlier for allegedly murdering the head of the English department, Professor Khalid Hameed. Hussain surrendered himself to the police after allegedly killing the professor. An FIR was also registered against him under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
He has been remanded to police custody for 15 days.
District Police Officer Ameer Taimur Khan said an investigation team has been constituted. “This is a tragic incident,” he said, adding that the case is being investigated from all angles. The college will reopen from tomorrow (Friday).
Students of the college said that a “farewell party” was going to be organised in the college on March 21 where male and female students were supposed to perform Jhoomar – a cultural dance on folk music.
The attacker believed that this was “un-Islamic.” The students at the college described Hussain as a “very good” student. They said, however, that they saw a change in him in the last three months. He was not coming to college regularly and taking classes only two or three days in a week. Hussain believed that professor Hameed had anti-Islamic views. The students contradicted his statement and said that they never saw the professor expressing anti-religious views.
Officials at the college said that the Directorate of Student Affairs received letters from unidentified men on Tuesday saying that girls are being made to dance in the name of a function which is tantamount to “promoting vulgarity and Islam doesn’t allow it.”