PTI councillor says those who reveal Mashal's killer will be guilty of apostasy

Published: April 18, 2017


PESHAWAR: Days after a university student was murdered in Mardan over blasphemy accusations, a video has gone viral which shows a group of alleged witnesses pledging to not reveal the name of his shooter.

“Nobody should disclose who shot him [Mashal] and if anyone does, he would have betrayed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),” PTI councillor for Iram Colony, Arif Mardan, can be heard saying as he urges the alleged witnesses to pledge loyalty.

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The crowd chanting religious slogans can be seen congratulating everyone on the lynching of the 23-year-old student. The man openly challenges law enforcement agencies to nominate him in the FIR, saying, “Congratulations to everyone, we have killed him [Mashal].”

The development coincides with PTI chairman Imran Khan’s visit to the slain student’s home where he offered his condolences to Mashal’s grieving father Iqbal Khan. “As a father, I can understand the pain of Mashal Khan’s father,” he said.

The PTI chief also vowed to give an “exemplary punishment” to those responsible for Mashal’s murder. “Mashal Khan did not commit blasphemy, it was a conspiracy against him,” he said, adding regardless of their political affiliation, the suspects will be punished.

Mashal, 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 campus on April 13.

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  • Saeed Masood
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:23PM

    PTI has put the youth on the path of crime and disobeying the law…Recommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:33PM

    This is a test for the KP police and they have to prove it that they are different from Punjab police.Recommend

  • Dash
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:34PM

    Ignorance at its best! Sad :(Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:37PM

    This is the last nail in PTI ‘s coffin……..Recommend

  • Feroz
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:46PM

    Fundamentalism is not a problem confined to any single political party, it has spread across all political parties. However it is very sad that murder is being condoned this way.Recommend

  • omar anis
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:48PM

    why is IMRAN KHAN silent? Why has he not publically condemned this murder? Recommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Apr 18, 2017 - 3:00PM

    We have entered into Naya Pakistan….welcome aboard…..Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Apr 18, 2017 - 3:03PM

    All of these Homo sapiens are killers and should all be hanged to death

    preferably publiclyRecommend

  • yaz
    Apr 18, 2017 - 3:03PM

    Joining this act with PTI is idiotic at best. PTI has millions of members & supporters. Do you think each one is scrutinized & checked before becoming a member? Do you think PTI promotes this kind of behavior as a party policy? Recommend

  • Anjum
    Apr 18, 2017 - 3:29PM

    Tribune becoming another GEO News why tribune want to politicize it, It is an individuals act,Moreover investigation is going on wait for its result and avoid opinion based judgement. Recommend

  • Masked
    Apr 18, 2017 - 3:42PM

    Can anyone confirm the translation because I don’t understand pushto. Did the guy in the video said same things as mentioned in this article? Recommend

  • Addi
    Apr 18, 2017 - 3:43PM

    It is pertinent to note that Chairman PTI Imran Khan was the first leader of the country, who condemned the brutal killing of Mashal Khan while other leaders slowly got the guts to condemn this brutal act. Even our PM issued a statement on 2nd day to condemn this act.No matter, if he belongs to PTI or any other party, rule of law will prevail InshaaALLAH.Recommend

  • Kashif
    Apr 18, 2017 - 4:00PM

    PTI Councillor already arrested.Recommend

  • Israr
    Apr 18, 2017 - 7:19PM

    @omar anis: The rock under which you have stuck your head must be hurting now. If you decide to get your head out, you will notice IK was the first (and still the last) politician to condemn this act in clear words.Recommend

  • husain naqi
    Apr 18, 2017 - 8:39PM

    it is not an individual’s act. it isa mindset developed primarily by maudoodiites @Anjum:
    the barbaric morons should know that Pakistan movemement was supported by communists who may or may not be believers in any faith.hasrat mohani was a muslim and a communist others were not.many are and were atheists. they as citizens had the right to life as others including the larger and smaller muslim sects. millions of muslims live and had been living in communist states.Recommend

  • U. Ali
    Apr 18, 2017 - 9:42PM

    @omar anis: bhai, he was the first political leader to condemn this murder. Pls see his tweet from the day of the incident. Recommend

  • Billa
    Apr 18, 2017 - 10:12PM

    My goodness! The things that we do in the garb of religion. And they think Allah will be very happy to see all this in his name. My God!Recommend

  • Nadir Sadiq
    Apr 19, 2017 - 12:33AM

    To add to my previous comment, I am a very strong supporter of PTI and I would like to see Imran Khan deal with the Councillor……..Recommend

  • Naseer
    Apr 19, 2017 - 12:35AM

    Police should arrest the PTI Councillor first and then continue the investigation. People like him should get exemplary punishment.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Apr 19, 2017 - 12:41AM

    This only happens in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Timmy Bechara
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:36AM

    It is an act of DOZENS of individuals as the clip shows. Btw, Qaide Tehreek Imran Bhai was blessing Geo with an interview yesterday. Still angry?Recommend

  • A.K
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:40AM

    @masked,,,The guy is defending the killing and also warning all the gatherers not to name the person who has actually fired the gun killed Mashal Khan as it would be deemed a dishonesty with (PPBH). Furthermore,he is associating himself with PTI by denouncing his and his father’s name and and an FIR should be lodged against him if need be.Recommend

  • Khwaja
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:44AM

    Psychos Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Apr 19, 2017 - 3:54AM

    Intimidating a witness is considered a crime in most countries.Recommend

  • Jamil Chaudri
    Apr 19, 2017 - 6:08AM

    The video shows KILLERS of a MUSLIM and should face the full force of the ISLAMIC law: LIFE for LIFE. In this case the whole bunch of them, seen exciting the crowd, SHOULD BE HANGED. Islamic state DELIVERS JUSTICE. KILLERS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE MUST BE HANGED.
    This is a test case for the Islamic Republic. If the killer(s) are not hanged, the state loses its legitimacy to the title of “ISLAMIC”Recommend

  • Aavinaash Shetty
    Apr 19, 2017 - 8:01AM

    Even if he committed blasphemy….He should be tried in courts….How can a mob decide…….Why do you try to defend by saying that he was innocent!!! “Islam doesn’t allow the killing of innocents”….But allows its foolish followers to decide who is innocent? Such fools are there in Hindu’s too……But they don’t quote religious scriptures to defend their actions…..And Indian Constitution doesn’t​ give any individual the right to kill someone even if he isn’t innocentRecommend

  • Singh
    Apr 19, 2017 - 12:24PM

    Is it ‘Naya Pakistan’? If it is, then God save this holy land as claimed.Recommend

  • AQ
    Apr 19, 2017 - 1:20PM

    I believe PTI would not be protecting that guy. It’s all in hands of KPK police, and PTI or KPK government will not interfere Police, in fact they will make sure all culprits are apprehended and justice serves. and all your mouths will be shut. It won’t be like Iqbal Town case in Lahore where Police murdered people and culprits are still free. Recommend

  • Sharaf Khan
    May 4, 2017 - 4:51PM

    @Saeed Masood:
    Rubbish, PTI is the only honest and anti corruption part in Pak politics.Recommend

  • Sharaf Khan
    May 4, 2017 - 4:58PM

    This kind of unfortunate incidents commonly occur in Pakistan as well as in India. The culprit must be brought to justice as swiftly as possible.Recommend

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