Awami National Party (ANP) leader Asfandyar Wali Khan on Monday said even if his son is involved in the brutal killing of Mashal Khan, he should be hanged by the state.
“No culprit, no matter who he is, should be spared from punishment. Even if my son is involved in Mashal Khan’s murder, he must be hanged,” Asfandyar said while addressing ANP workers’ convention in Pabbi, Nowshera.
Mashal, a student of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Abdul Wali Khan Univeristy (AWKU), Mardan was shot in the head and beaten to death by a mob of fellow students on April 13 in the varsity’s premises.
The ANP leader went on to say that killing a human in the name of religion is not justifiable and thanked the Chief Justice of Pakistan for taking suo moto action on the matter. “To kill a human in the name of Islam is not justice. Grateful to the CJP for taking suo moto action on the case of Mashal Khan,” he added.
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.
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. 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.