On 23rd February 2012, A mob stormed the school where Saira Khokhar teaches in an attempt to abduct her after she was accused of burning a copy of the Qur'an.
Little is known of the affair, but police had to take the woman into custody
even though no formal charges have yet been laid. Paul Bhatti and other
Christian activists have come to her defence. Jibran Khan for Asia News wrote;
Lahore (AsiaNews) - After Asia Bibi, another Christian woman has been
targeted by Muslim fundamentalists because of allegations of blasphemy. Saira
Khokhar, who teaches at the City Foundation School in Lahore, is accused of
burning a copy of the Qur'an. However, the case is still shrouded in mystery.
Police took Ms Khokhar into custody and launched an informal investigation.
No First Information Report (FIR) has been filed yet, but Christian activists
and organisation along with the special adviser to the prime minister on
minority affairs, Paul Bhatti, are closely monitoring developments to ensure her
safety and rights.
Local sources told AsiaNews that at 9 am a mob from a village not
far from the school burst into the building accusing Saira Khokhar of burning
Islam's holy book. The school is run by a Christian NGO, City Foundation. The
attackers seized the woman but police prevented them from taking her away.
The local police chief took the Christian teacher into custody to examine
whether the case warranted a First Information Report.
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