Pakistan student kills professor over mixed reception

A student who killed his professor in Bahawalpur on Wednesday for organizing a mixed-gender reception in his college was taken into custody by police. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 20 March 2019
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Pakistan student kills professor over mixed reception

  • The student accused his teacher of “spreading obscenity”
  • The professor was stabbed in his head and stomach

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student was arrested Wednesday after stabbing his professor to death for organizing a mixed-gender reception at a government college, police said.

Associate professor Khalid Hameed was killed Wednesday on the campus of Sadiq Egerton College in the southern city of Bahawalpur, a local police official told AFP.

"The professor had organized 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."

"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.

The professor's son Waleed Khan, who was with him at the time of the incident, said the student was waiting for his father.

"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.


Pakistan’s religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia for Hajj arrangements

Updated 18 April 2019
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Pakistan’s religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia for Hajj arrangements

  • Says the crown prince’s visit was appreciated by everyone in his country
  • Expresses hope that Pakistan would soon get a bigger Hajj quota

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri applauded Saudi Arabia for making extensive Hajj arrangements during his ongoing visit to the Kingdom on Thursday.
Qadri held a meeting with Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten and discussed matters of mutual interest.
He praised King Salman bin Abdulaziz for taking care of pilgrims from across the world, and noted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to Pakistan was deeply appreciated by everyone in his country.
Qadri also expressed his optimism that Pakistan would soon get a bigger Hajj quota, adding that, much like Islamabad, the government would also implement the Road to Makkah project in other cities of Pakistan.