PESHAWAR -  A local court in Shabqadar on Tuesday handed over Faheem Ashraf, an alleged murderer of Islamia College Principal Sareer Ahmed, to the police on three-day physical remand. 

The suspected murderer had alleged that the college principal allegedly committed a blasphemy.

District Police Officer Charsadda Zahor Afridi told The Nation on Tuesday that a few days back the principal and student debated on a religious issue. The principal didn’t take the debate seriously whereas the student was enraged.

Later, he went to Islamabad to attend Faizabad sit-in and remained absent for three days from the college.

After his return, Ashraf, a second-year-student, went to college where the principal scolded him for his absence. As result, they exchanged arguments when in the meantime; Faheem opened fire at Sareer Ahmed and killed him on the spot.

The police sources said that the principle was an honest-teacher and he had a master degree in Islamic Studies. He had no liberal tendencies to commit blasphemy and the student killed him on the ground that he was marked absent in the attendance.

In a video message, the accused persons confessed that he killed him personally and fired several shots on his head and chest. He said that he is happy to commit this incident of crime as it has been told to him.

Private schools in the town remained closed on Tuesday in mourning, while students and colleagues paid tributes to the slain principal. All the private schools in Charsadda will remain closed for three days in mourning.

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.

The police said that according to the initial investigation, the accused man was on three days leave 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 the police and demonstrators that injured over 200.

It also led the government surrender and accepted the resignation of the federal law minister after his alleged attempt of suggesting amendment in the blasphemy law.

According to the students and colleagues of the deceased, Sareer Ahmed was a practicing Muslim, a Hafiz-e-Quran. He has left behind a wife, three daughters, and a son.

Several incidents like this reported in the country and the latest one occurred in Mardan Abdul Wali Khan University when an angry mob attacked a student Mashal inside the University campus for his alleged act of blasphemy which resulted in his killing.

Meanwhile, the slain principal Sareer Ahmed was laid to rest in Charsadda on Tuesday.