Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Mob kills Pakistani university student for spreading blasphemy on social media

Mob kills Pakistani university student for spreading blasphemy on social media

The clerics are accused of attempting to disrupt the funeral of student Mashal Khan, who was beaten to death by fellow students after a dormitory debate was followed by accusations of blasphemy being spread across a university campus in the northern city of Maradan.

University student Mashal Khan was stripped, beaten and shot during attack after being accused of committing blasphemy.

In a statement recorded with a judicial magistrate, Abdullah said the him and Khan had been accused of committing blasphemy by other students from the journalism department.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Muslim-majority Pakistan, which introduced the draconian laws in 1985 in a bid to appease rightwing parties.

Last month, Prime Minister Sharif ordered blasphemous content to be removed from social media and perpetrators punished.

Mardan: 45 people had been arrested in connection with the incident by Thursday evening, according to Mardan District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed.

An official at Abdul Wali Khan University who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mr Khan was disliked by other students for his liberal and secular views.

"While I was in the bathroom of the chairman's office, the angry and furious mob broke the doors and windows and caught me inside the bathroom, where they punched and kicked me".

"The state's abject failure to protect Mashal Khan's right to life has created great panic and horror among students and academia".

A mob of students beat a classmate to death for blasphemy while shouting "Allahu Akbar" at a Pakistani university Thursday. Four of them have since reappeared, with at least one saying he was abducted and interrogated by Pakistan's intelligence agencies.

"After severe torture that led his death, the charged students then wanted to burn his body", Mardan's DIG Mohammad Alam Shinwari sadi, according to Reuters.

This is not the first time someone has been killed over allegations of blasphemy in the country.

Mr Shaer, who runs a small business selling biscuits and chocolates to local retailers, said he had always been a lover of poetry and literature and encouraged his children to express themselves and appreciate the arts. "Do we want to be known as benighted nation?" she added.

Khan's body was shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for autopsy and taken to Swabi for burial on Friday. Khan has since been buried.

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