Mashal Khan Remembered On Third Death Anniversary
Three years ago, today, a 23 year old student, Mashal Khan was lynched by a mob of religious extremists in Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, over false allegations of blasphemy. Later, 57 suspects were arrested. One culprit was awarded death penalty, five were awarded life-time imprisonment and 25 other culprits were awarded four years jail sentence. 26 suspects were acquitted in the case because of lack of evidence.
Today social media remembered the courageous youth paid him glowing tribute him.
Three year ago today Mashal Khan was murdered by a lynch mob. “He was the kind of a person this society can never tolerate,” his father said. “You can call him a revolutionary, reformist,humanist, whatever,but he wasn’t a conservative person. My son was a voice of the voiceless.” pic.twitter.com/4iuCUTT2Tu
— Aima Khan (@aima_kh) April 13, 2020
May no father will ever suffer the agony of seeing his son getting killed at the hands of religious fanatics .Our future, not only Mashal is burried here ,we can only stop digging graves for our youth by ending mob lynching and fanatics. Remembering #MashalKhan pic.twitter.com/iWZq21VkL9
— Usmanwazir (@Usmanwa73414907) April 13, 2020
Mashal Khan’s professor, Ziaullah Hamdard also announced his book on the life of his student who lost this war to religious and systematic violence.
I have completed my book on my student Mashal Khan, who was brutally murdered on campus. I hope you will be able to read it when the case reaches the Apex court. Rest in peace Mashal Khan, I hope one day you will get justice! #MashalKhan pic.twitter.com/buRwnxPABD
— Ziaullah Hamdard (@JournalistZia) April 13, 2020
People of his hometown, Swabi, also lead out a rally to commemorate the lynching of an innocent human rights activist.
People of Sawabi, Male/Females protested against innocent murder of Shaheed #MashalKhan in #Mardan
Struggle will continue #RememberingMashalKhan #WeNeverForgetMashalKhan @a_siab @a_baitanai
— حاجی میرزعلی خان #گرویک_حاجی (@WaziristanTige1) April 13, 2020
Chairman Pakistan People Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also paid his tribute to Mashal Khan and acknowledged the prevalence of senseless violence in the country.
I hope we emerge from this Pandemic with a greater sense of humanity and value for human life. Paying tribute to Mashal Khan today. Who’s life was cut short due to the senseless violence of his peers, his murder is a stain on our collective conscience. pic.twitter.com/ocNYpKLJ7q
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 13, 2020