Pak`s arts college staff faces accusations of blasphemy

The principal and staff of Pakistan`s first college of arts are facing accusations of blasphemy for including paintings and a feature that allegedly support homosexuality.

Lahore: The principal and staff of Pakistan`s first college of arts are facing accusations of blasphemy for including paintings and a feature that allegedly support homosexuality and ridicule Islamic values in the institution`s annual journal.

An additional district and sessions judge yesterday directed the chief of Old Anarkali police station to act in accordance with law on an application seeking the registration of a criminal case against the administration of the National College of Arts in Lahore.

The application filed with police contended that the college`s principal and staff had published paintings and a feature that "favoured homosexuality" and ridiculed Islamic values in the annual journal "Sohbat".

Judge Sajjad Ahmad issued the order in response to a petition filed by a man named Abad Ali and directed the police station chief to lodge an FIR if any cognizable offence was made out against the respondents.

The petitioner`s counsel Mumtaz Ahmad Mangat argued that the college`s principal and other members of its administration were liable to be prosecuted for disgracing the Quran and ridiculing Islam.

He asked the court to direct police to register a case against the respondents under the blasphemy law and the Anti-Terrorism Act.

NCA Principal Fauzia Qureshi and the editorial board and publisher of the journal were named as respondents in the petition.

PTI

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