On April 13, 2017, Pakistan suffered one of the worst cases of religious bigotry. The result, a young and talented life was lost because of the most touchy topic in Pakistan, which is blasphemy. Hundreds of people lynched young Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University, and killed him.
Mashal Khan’s unfortunate death
Years have gone by. The death of Mashal Khan proved that Pakistan still has a long way to go in countering religious fanaticism without proof. His classmates had accused Mashal of blasphemy. In the end, all proofs counted, it was known that Mashal was wrongfully murdered in cold blood. It was a conspiracy against him by the university administration.
In a video that has gone viral recently, Mashal Khan is singing a beautiful song from his classroom. The same place Mashal owned with his intellect. This was one of the reasons that he had made so many enemies.
Mashal was a Marxist, a socialist, someone who did not believe in the class difference, rich or poor. He wanted to make a name for himself. He wanted to help others achieve greatness, just so as he wished the same for himself. The young lad had studied in Russia as well as Pakistan. Many had hated his ideology.
Mashal always spoke for the less fortunate. This was a huge reason that the university administration saw him as a grave threat. In the video, a young Mashal wearing a gray shalwar kameez sings a poetic song/kalam in his beautiful voice, which is literally hurting every Pakistani that sees it.
The Joint Investigation Team of Mashal Khan’s murder came out with the decision that the university had incited the mob on false charges of blasphemy against him. Mashal had known many secrets of the administrations, with proof of their mismanagement and corruption. This was the only way the administration would not be involved and also get the thorn out, which in this case, was Mashal himself.
Today #MashalKhan 3rd death anniversary.
13 April 2017
A dark day in Pakistan’s history. A day when an innocent young man lost his life.#MashalKhan #JusticeForMashal#RememberingMashalKhan @a_siab @mjdawar @BushraGohar pic.twitter.com/lj2m8zbvKS
— Abdul Samad Mangal (@as_mangal) April 13, 2020
#RememberingMashalKhan My thoughts & prayers are with his family for their unrelenting fight for justice. #IqbalLala is fighting for our future-for every #MashalKhan who has courage to dream of a just society & question inequalities without fear. Mashal Khan #HumSharmindaHain pic.twitter.com/sE3YFsqZsO
— Bushra Gohar (@BushraGohar) April 13, 2020
Today is the 3rd death anniversary of #MashalKhan. We demand this day to be declared national day against religious extremism.#justice4mashal#mashalkhan#mashalday #Rememberingmashalkhan pic.twitter.com/FzwUAxLA5z
— Zarak Khan (@ZarakKh91182050) April 13, 2020
Mashal wanted to be different, but not in a negative way. He wanted to become a part of the Civil Services of Pakistan. He wanted to help people, who had suffered due to poverty, like his father. However, in a matter of minutes, all of Mashal’s dreams were taken away along with his life.
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