Update (h/t @shahidsaeed) : The teacher in question is blaming the principal. She says the offending passage was copied by a student (who probably didnt understand what she was copying but had good handwriting) and was approved by others in the school, not by this teacher). http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C11%5C04%5Cstory_4-11-2012_pg13_1
Nobody has dared to say the whole thing makes no sense and nobody is “at fault”. THAT would be rational, but when it comes to blasphemy in Lahore the first instinct is to make sure someone else gets their head cut off.
Principal Aasim Farooqi, age 77, has been remanded into custody for 14 days by a judge in connection with the school blasphemy case
Here is what we know until now: on the last day of school before the Eid break a teacher named Arfa Iftikhar assigned some homework that included writing a paragraph about the holy prophet (pbuh). The last lines of the assignment (handwritten) included the statement:
“our holy prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was committing
thefts. He is, in short, a cheat and deserves no help or pity.”
Her defense rests on the fact that the last line was written separately and was NOT part of the original paragraph…..”Mr Ashraf said that the teacher at the centre of the row, Arfa Iftikhar, “perhaps inadvertently skipped a page of the book and ended her handwritten text with some lines from the next chapter, which is about street beggars”.
This sounds like a very weak defense., In fact it is so weak that it may be true. Maybe she had a brain fart. But the fact is, no defense works against the blasphemy law. If the teacher remains in Pakistan she is likely to face the “normal procedure”.
The school is said to be a good school, so there may eventually be local pressure to reopen it. The principal (who is making every effort to throw the teacher under the bus, claiming its all her fault) does have some money (supporters have already taken out full page ads in papers) and may have some connections. His supporters are already arranging marches by innocent children (carrying placards saying we are ready to sacrifice our lives for the holy prophet, pbuh) but ten local mullahs did turn up to oppose bail, so the battle has been joined.
Putting it all together, I think he will eventually get off. But not so soon. And not without a lot more grovelling. Maybe he can kill some other blasphemer to get out of this blasphemy accusation?