Will make sure no one is wrongly accused, killed over blasphemy charges: Imran

Published: April 18, 2017
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PTI chief says no matter which party the suspects belong to, they will be punished. PHOTO COURTESY: PTI

PTI chief says no matter which party the suspects belong to, they will be punished. PHOTO COURTESY: PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said those responsible for Mashal Khan’s murder will be given exemplary punishment.

“Mashal Khan did not commit blasphemy, it has been confirmed it was a conspiracy against him,” said Imran during a press conference alongside Mashal’s grieving father Iqbal Khan.

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“No matter which party the suspects belong to, they will be punished,” he assured, adding that investigation is underway to arrest those responsible for the murder. “We will make sure those involved in the murder and those who conspired against Mashal will be held accountable and it will become an example in Pakistan.

“As a father, I can understand the pain of Mashal’s parents,” he said.

“Those involved in the killing and the conspiracy need to be exposed.
Mashal was killed on the pretext and under the garb of blasphemy,” Imran added.

The PTI chief said the entire country saw what the university students did with Mashal. “Even animals don’t behave this way,” he said. “I will ensure justice for Mashal’s death.

It is commendable that people across Pakistan, regardless of their religious or political background, have demanded the accused to be punished.

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Mashal, a student of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), was shot in the head and chest and then his body desecrated by a mob who accused him of committing blasphemy. The video of the gruesome violence made via mobile phone cameras shows Mashal’s disrobed body – covered in blood – being dragged, first in a hallway and then on a road of the campus. It also shows students attacking the policemen who tried to intervene.

The FIR of the grisly killing was registered at the police station of upscale Sheikh Maltoon neighbourhood against 20 suspects, including university employees, students and a tehsil councilor. The FIR – registered under section-302, 148, 149, 297, 427 of the Pakistan Penal Code along with section-7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act – says that the tragic event was preceded by a students’ protest in which the mob accused Mashal and his two friends – Abdullah and Zubair – of committing blasphemy. “During negotiations between the administration and protecting students, the police came to know that a mob had brutally killed Mashal Khan in Hostel-1 of the university,” it said.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Muhammad Shahryar Khan
    Apr 18, 2017 - 1:17PM

    Good going Imran,

    I wish at least one case close on justice in Pakistan.

    Wish you good luck.Recommend

  • Saeed
    Apr 18, 2017 - 1:29PM

    Well done Khan Sahab!Recommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Apr 18, 2017 - 1:34PM

    How will Khan Sahab make sure that no one gets killed in the garb of blasphemy..????Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 18, 2017 - 2:40PM

    What about ensuring justice for the victim…….Imran is deflecting the narrative because his own party people are involved……shameRecommend

  • Waqas Butt
    Apr 18, 2017 - 6:06PM

    @Parvez:
    I am not sure what you have just read or seen on TV but IK made it clear to have all those responsible brought to justice no matter which party they belong to…..how clearer can he be…Recommend

  • Jay
    Apr 18, 2017 - 7:42PM

    @Parvez:
    Not sure whether u r reading the news. IK has already made it clear that no one will escape justice and the counsellor is already under arrest. Cruticism just for the sake of it??Recommend

  • Ameer
    Apr 18, 2017 - 9:07PM

    My whole family was shocked to hear and saw the video, we talked for days about this incident. I am waiting for the day when this university will be Named Mashal Khan University. Recommend

  • Hidden truth
    Apr 18, 2017 - 10:27PM

    Thank you Imran. I’m no fan of yours in politics but looking towards you for justice for Mashal Khan.Recommend

  • tuk
    Apr 18, 2017 - 11:07PM

    IK must clean up his politics.He has toyed with Taliban in the past as a result now he has extremists in his ranks. Not only the murderers of Mashal be punished but he must also clean PTI of all extremists at all ranks. He is the only hope for a lot of Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 19, 2017 - 12:24AM

    @Waqas Butt: The fact that the council man is a PTI person is bad enough ….then, with all the evidence available to put it to a judicial inquiry is suspect….because what a judicial inquiry means is justice will get delayed, time will help people tamper with evidence, the witnesses will be threatened by the religious right and eventually the result will be that the criminals will either get a very light sentence or will walk due to the prosecution failing to prove anything.
    Imran Khan can say what he wants….he must also do what he says…..and we have yet to see that happen.
    Why is he silent on amending the law so that the blasphemy law is not misused….as has happened in this case.Recommend

  • Fakhar
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:38AM

    Hypocrisy in the garb of political opportunism and expediency….shame…shame.
    First IK ensured that there was no political fallout of condolence and condemnation of gruesome murder. Just for scenario if the university student was guilty of speaking his mind out…did he qualify for that treatment? No, No one does! Period. With investigation and ensuring no “blasphemy implications”were there IK thought it clear to jump in for media/publicity opportunity.
    SALUTE TO THE FAMILY FOR SUFFERING IRREVOCABLY YET KEEPING COOL…shame for the political hyena and spineless,vision less, and cruel political elites. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:52AM

    So if they are rightly accused, they are fair game? Recommend

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