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Mashal Khan

MASHAL KHAN

Mardan University Closed After Student Killed Over Alleged Blasphemy

On Thursday, April 13, Mashal Khan, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University, was fatally shot after being accused of posting “blasphemous” content online.
Mashal Khan was a resident of Swabi and a student at AWKU’s Journalism and Mass Communications department. Khan has been referred to as a “humanist” by fellow students and close family members.

In an interview with Pakistan Today, Khan’s father said Khan was a religious man.

Tabitha Shiflett

On Thursday, April 13, Mashal Khan, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University, was fatally shot after being accused of posting “blasphemous” content online.

About Mashal
Mashal Khan was a resident of Swabi and a student at AWKU’s Journalism and Mass Communications department. Khan has been referred to as a “humanist” by fellow students and close family members.

In an interview with Pakistan Today, Khan’s father said Khan was a religious man.
“He always respected religion, stayed focused on education,” Khan’s father, a progressive poet, said. “Mashal Khan used to talk about the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) with the family members at home. His prime focus was on education.

“Everyone here is a witness to this…. he always respected religion. He was a critic of the system, he rarely spoke, just used to stay silent mostly,” the father continued. “Being a father, I want justice.”

Khan was laid to rest this morning in Swabi. Khan was 23 years old.

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“He always respected religion, stayed focused on education,” Khan’s father, a progressive poet, said. “Mashal Khan used to talk about the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) with the family members at home. His prime focus was on education.”

“Everyone here is a witness to this…. he always respected religion. He was a critic of the system, he rarely spoke, just used to stay silent mostly,” the father continued. “Being a father, I want justice.”

Khan was laid to rest this morning in Swabi. Khan was 23 years old.

According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of  Mardan Police, Alim Shinwari, more than 10 students were taken into custody for suspicion of involvement.

“A group of students assaulted him and he appears to have succumbed to a gunshot wound,” he said.

The body has since been transported to District Headquarters Hospital for an autopsy.


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