Mashal Khan, a journalism student from Mardan was barbarically killed in a blasphemy allegation yesterday. A video shows Mashal getting brutally lynched by an angry mob. He was accused of saying blasphemous content on his social media profile and people considered it liable to kill him for it.
Mashal Khan’s appalling death hints to the vile prospect of our society. Our society continues to show the atrocious dogmas it has succumbed to. Pakistanis are shaken and distressed by this tragic incident. It is very alarming and a threat to our social security that must be dealt in some way for sure.dog
There are also theories that suggest the deceased was actually framed in the blasphemy allegation. It was an act of murder and the blasphemy was used as a bait, according to many theories circulating social media. For now, there’s no concrete evidence what is true. We can only reflect and pick the scattered pieces of a fallen dream and talk about how extremism has taken a toll on our society.
A friend of Mashal Khan wrote this appalling message after learning the death of his friend
No one believes the Prophet more than I do. I never committed blasphemy, I’m a Sufi myself. Please take me to the hospital. – Mashal Khan’s last words, according to his friend
Followed by, famous personalities in Pakistan had the strongest things to say about it
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 13, 2017
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) April 13, 2017
Dear rulers: make no mistake; this flame you are fanning may burn our huts and homes first…but your palaces will burn too. #Mardan
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) April 13, 2017
What have we become, lets kill in the name of religion and justify it with blasphemy. Shame on us!
— Faysal Qureshi (@faysalquraishi) April 14, 2017
The video of Mashal Khan’ s murder should serve as a mobile memory to stand up against the ignorance we have long ignored amidst us. #Mardan
— Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi (@Ali_Abbas_Zaidi) April 14, 2017
— Saima Mohsin (@SaimaMohsin) April 14, 2017
Still shaken by Mardan. This is what happens when a govt tells its people it’s justified to be uncontrollably enraged by alleged blasphemy.
— Asad Hashim (@AsadHashim) April 14, 2017
It’s indeed shocking what happened with Mashal Khan. We need proper reforms and the perpetrators must be dragged to justice for killing him. Blasphemy or not, no one has any right to kill anyone over a claim.