A student of a prominent varsity in the capital found that statements made online can have real-world consequences after his violent comments over the brief abduction of journalist Gul Bukhari in Lahore.
Muhammad Mursaleen, an engineering student at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) had earlier in the week posted on micro-blogging site Twitter, calling for ‘torture’ of journalist Gul Bukhari who had been briefly abducted late on Wednesday evening.
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His disturbing remarks were pointed out as an example of the hate speech online by various commentators, including Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Sherry Rehman. On the same platform, she urged NUST to revoke the student’s degree (which was about to be conferred shortly) and for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) (to whom he claims allegiance) to take action.
“There must be no impunity or social or professional tolerance for such heinous hate speech,” the Senator had posted.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2018.