A private college teacher has been arrested under the draconian blasphemy charges in Pakistan's Punjab province for allegedly speaking against Islam, police said today. Police have registered an FIR against the teacher on a complaint by the father of a student of Quaid-i-Azam School and College of Science and Commerce in Toba Tek Singh, about 200km from Lahore. The teacher - identified as Azeem - had spoken against Islam, according to the FIR registered under section 295 A of Pakistan Penal Code. The complainant told the police that his son was absent for a day this week and when he went to school yesterday, the teacher beat him for being being absent. The teacher also spoke against Islam, the complainant alleged. The student informed his family about the incident and they - along with a large number of people - demonstrated against the teacher outside the school and later marched towards the police station.
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