Belongings of Mashal Khan revive parents’ pain


Swabi, June 9 (TNS): Grieving parents of Mashal Khan, the student of Mardan University lynched to death on the campus, failed to reconcile with their loss as authorities handed over the deceased’s belongings to them.

Parents and sisters of the victim embraced and kissed cloths, books, shoes and others possessions of Mashal Khan, handed over them by the authorities.

The poor father counts the currency notes recovered from Mashal Khan’s pocket while the mourned mother breaks into tears smelling the cloths of her late son.

His sister could not control her emotions seeing her late brother’s belongings.

Two months on, the excruciating pain is as fresh as it was on April 13. The gut-wrenching image of bloodied body of Mashal Khan continues to haunt the family.

Mashal Khan was a brilliant and vocal student at the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, and was killed by an angry mob in the premises of the university on April 13, 2017, over fake allegations of posting blasphemous content online.

Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – probing the lynching of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan – has stated that the victim was murdered according to a plan.

A report compiled by the 13-member JIT investigating the lynching stated that a group in the university incited a mob against the Mardan university student on pretext of blasphemy. It added that no proof was found that Khan had committed blasphemy.

JIT in its report has stated that a political group was under threat from the activities of the victim.

“The student used to speak against the irregularities in the university openly,” the report mentioned.

Mashal Khan’s father in a press conference on last Monday requested that his son’s case be transferred to a court outside Mardan alleging that ‘influential adversaries’ may pose possible hurdles to proceedings.

“I told the Supreme Court that my lawyer and I cannot afford to fight the case in Mardan because our adversaries are very influential and powerful. Therefore, the case should be transferred to a different court,” Muhammad Iqbal Khan told reporters.

Khan expressed satisfaction over the progress of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing Mashal’s murder and its recent report. “It is said that there are 270 more pages in the JIT report, my son wanted to cleanse the university from corruption and malpractice,” he said. “If somebody did corruption, it would be an individual act, it doesn’t mean that his party or organisation asked the individual to do so,” he added.

He also requested that the provincial government pay his lawyer’s fee. “If the provincial government cannot do that, I will be forced to appeal to the federal government.”


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