Chief justice of Pakistan takes notice of Mashal Khan’s lynching

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Source of news: Dawn

By Haseeb Bhatti

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took notice of the lynching of a university student in Mardan over allegations of blasphemy.

The notice by the chief justice was taken on a news story published in the media containing details of the incident.

Justice Nisar also instructed the inspector general police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to submit a report on the incident in the next 36 hours.

On April 13, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan student Mashal Khan, 23, was shot and beaten to death by a violent mob on university premises.

Read: Mardan university student lynched by mob over alleged blasphemy: police

The mob had also wanted to burn his body before police intervened, a senior police official had said. He had been accused of blasphemy by fellow students.

Another student, Abdullah, was beaten bloody before police managed to rescue him from his attackers. An eyewitness said he was accused of belonging to the Ahmadi faith and forced to recite verses from the Holy Quran, then beaten savagely even though he repeatedly denied the accusation.

No case had been filed against the two students prior to the incident and police had not been investigating the two on blasphemy charges.

The mob instead seems to have been incited by rumours circulating among the university’s student body.

Nonetheless, the university said it would investigate three students, including Mashal and Abdullah, for alleged blasphemous activities and ordered them rusticated and banned from the premises of all campuses of the university.

The notification, dated April 13, did not mention any details of the incident or a condemnation of the student’s killing, even though the university’s provost, Fayyaz Ali Shah, said it had been issued after the lynching.

Mashal Khan.—Facebook
Mashal Khan.—Facebook

However, Khyber Pakhtun­khwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Saturday told the KP assembly that no evidence had been found to suggest that Mashal Khan had committed blasphemy.

“The mobile phone record of the victim has been checked by the police but there was nothing against Islam,” he told the province’s lawmakers.

“Since the occurrence of the incident, I have been in contact with the inspector general of police; so far, no evidence has emerged to show that blasphemy was committed by the victim,” he said, adding that such brutality would not be tolerated.

A judicial inquiry has also been ordered into the case.

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4 replies

  1. Nation must be united in condemning Mashal Khan’s murder: PM Nawaz

    Source: Dawn

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday afternoon issued a strongly-worded condemnation of the lynching of a university student in Mardan over allegations of blasphemy.

    “I am shocked and saddened by the senseless display of mob justice that resulted in the murder of a young student, Mashal Khan, at Wali Khan University, Mardan,” the premier said.

    “The state will never tolerate those who take the law in their own hands,” he warned.

    He also ordered action against those found involved in the incident, directing police to arrest those who were responsible.

    “The nation should stand united to condemn this crime and to promote tolerance and rule of law in the society,” the prime minister said.

    “No father should have to send his child off to be educated, with the fear of having him return in a coffin.”

    Read more: Mardan university student lynched by mob over alleged blasphemy

    The prime minister’s condemnation came two days after the episode, with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Imran Khan taking the lead in condemning the brutal episode a day earlier.

  2. I really cannot understand Pakistani logic. Why is it against the law (blasphemy), to recite the Qur’an? If one is a non-muslim and reading up about Islam, our Holy Book is the best source to start from, isn’t it?

    Therefore, non-Muslims would be reading the Qur’an and hopefully finding the truth about Islam and even becoming Muslim eventually after their research…

    But, alas, the mobs who follow thick-headed mullahs, no non-Muslim would be able to find the right path as, immediately that one starts reading something Islamic, he/she will be promptly accused of blasphemy and either be killed by a mob or be arrested and eventually be imprisoned or worse.

    Anyway, the end would be that very few people in Pakistani society would be attracted to Islam. This wonderful religion to which these highly IGNORANT mullahs and their followers are giving a very bad name!

  3. It is extremely saddening to see a living human being die like this. Especially a well respected student of the well known university who has never harmed anyone, killed by fellow students. It clearly shows the mindset of our students in Pakistan today. What does the future for Pakistan hold…very scary! Our children are not safe in Pakistan, in fact nobody is safe in Pakistan. This barbaric act of killing on the name of religion based on hearsay is beyond anyone’s understanding. What kind of animal do you have to be to do this to an innocent boy?!!

    It is unfortunate that Islam, the religion of peace, hope, harmony, goodwill and brotherhood had been badly tarnished by the perpetrators of various violent acts and barbarism as such seen. I believe the government should take a strong action without any delays towards the culprits who have committed this extreme violent act to give justice to the boy and his family. May Allah give them strength to bear this incident and their great loss. I think the religious laws should be looked over to promote more tolerance. Thank you!

    Nadia Nazeer

  4. Religion if understood with its real meaning & message always unites and spreads message of love,tolerance and forgiveness. Only if ignorance restricts ones understanding ,will such heinous crimes be committed.

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