Lynching suspect accuses varsity official of ‘conspiring’ against Mashal

Published: April 18, 2017

PESHAWAR: Fresh details of Thursday’s harrowing lynching of a student at a university in Mardan point to possible involvement of the varsity administration in the sickening episode that has sparked a nationwide outrage.

Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old student of journalism and mass communication at Abdul Wali Khan University, was shot and beaten to death by a mob of fellow students on the campus on April 13. The Supreme Court has already taken notice, while a judicial inquiry has also been ordered into the incident.

A suspect, who has been in police custody for the past three days over the lynching allegations, claimed on Monday that he had been asked by the administration to testify that Mashal had blasphemous ideas.

No evidence to suggest Mashal Khan committed blasphemy: K-P IG

While recording his statement in the court of judicial magistrate, in Mardan, Wajahatullah also alleged that Mashal had anti-Islamic views since start while Abdullah and Zubair followed him. A copy of the statement is available with The Express Tribune.

“On April 13 Mudasir Bashir called me and told me to come to the university and to meet him at the chairman’s office. I proceeded to the chairman office where some 15-20 people, including administration officials, were present. The administration had convened the meeting to decide the case of Mashal, and Mudasir Bashir called me to be witness over the blasphemous ideas of Mashal,” said Wajahatullah in his statement.

He alleged that the security in-charge of the university, Bilal Bakhsh, had said those who stepped forward to protect Mashal and his supporters would be dealt with ‘an iron hand’.

According to Wajahatullah, Bakhsh further said that he would kill Mashal. “Hearing this, the congress turned into a violent mob and rushed towards the hostel,” recalled Wajahatullah.

He went on to add that if he had known what the administration was conspiring against Mashal, he would have never come to the university on that day.


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  • Sultan Alvi
    Apr 18, 2017 - 9:19AM

    The death of this bright young man has almost made me cry. It has made me so angry, I don’t have words to desribe about the perpetrators of this horrible crime. I would like this university to be named after Mashal Khan Memorial University.Recommend

  • JKhan
    Apr 18, 2017 - 9:47AM

    Please check Mr Saleem Saafi’s interview with this Chairman. This is vital. What Wajahat is claiming looks credible. The answers to Mr Saafi’s smart questions betrayed this Chairman’s involvement.Recommend

  • rich
    Apr 18, 2017 - 11:40AM

    forget students who are criminal, now it looks like the teachesr are bigger criminala

    pakistan has a great future with people like these

    wake up, Recommend

  • Haris
    Apr 18, 2017 - 11:51AM

    Rename the University as Mashal Khan University and make his father honorary Chancellor of the university. Recommend

  • Akbar
    Apr 18, 2017 - 1:13PM

    name the university “Mashal” the light, sack and prosecute all criminals. Let this be the change, the tipping pointRecommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:50PM

    Name this university, Mashal Khan University! Recommend

  • Yusuf
    Apr 29, 2017 - 12:18PM

    The people who are demanding the Murderer of Mashal the University student who
    has been cleared of any offence, should be punished of such idiotic demand, and no mercy be given to them. Recommend

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