Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday paid rich tribute to Mashal Khan to mark the third death anniversary since the student activist's brutal lynching over false blasphemy allegations.
The 23-year-old student of Mardan's Abdul Wali Khan University was attacked by a large mob and was fatally wounded on the false pretext of sharing blasphemous content on social media.
Footage of the barbaric attack went viral sparking a nationwide movement for the attackers to be taken to task.
Karachi honours Mashal Khan on his 2nd death anniversary
"[Mashal Khan] Who’s life was cut short due to the senseless violence of his peers, his murder is a stain on our collective conscience," the scion of the Bhutto political dynasty tweeted.
I hope we emerge from this Pandemic with a greater sense of humanity and value for human life. Paying tribute to Mashal Khan today. Who’s life was cut short due to the senseless violence of his peers, his murder is a stain on our collective conscience. pic.twitter.com/ocNYpKLJ7q— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 13, 2020
Bilawal also expressed hope that people would emerge from the pandemic 'with a greater sense of humanity and value for human life'.
Last year, an anti-terrorism court sentenced two men, including a local government official, to life in prison for their role in the lynching that took place on campus.
In 2018, the same court had convicted 31 people, sentencing one person to death, while acquitting 26 others.
A joint investigation team had found the blasphemy allegations against Mashal Khan to be false.
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