LAHORE - A Pakistani headteacher caught over blasphemy was Wednesday released on bail, his lawyer said.

Asim Farooqi, 77, of Farooqi Girls’ High School, was released after the Lahore High Court granted him bail against a Rs200,000, his lawyer Jawad Ashraf said.

A lower court had early this month refused bail and remanded Farooqi in custody for 14 days.

A teacher, Arfa Iftikhar, was forced into hiding after a furious mob stormed the school over a piece of homework she set. Police are still hunting for her.

On Monday, Lahore Operations Police Chief Muhammad Tahir Rai told reporters that police recovered Rs26.1 million from the burglars who, disguised as protesters, had stormed the school and torched the building after stealing the cash from one of the school’s cupboard. It could not be verified independently why the school administration had stashed the money the cupboard.