[Dawn 14 April, 2019]

SWABI: The second death anniversary of Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old student of Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University who was lynched by a mob, was held here on Saturday. A large number of people, including politicians, visited Mashal’s grave and home where his family held Khatm-ul-Quran. The mob of angry people, mostly students of the same university, attacked Mashal on the university’s premises on April 13, 2017, after accusing him of committing blasphemy.

Later, a joint investigation team found Mashal innocent and cleared him of blasphemy charges. The team also said that his murder was the result of a well-planned conspiracy. Speaking to reporters on the occasion, Mashal’s father, Iqbal Khan, and his mother said that there should be no violence in campuses anywhere in the country. They said that there should be complete peace and calmness in educational institutions so that students could focus on their studies.

Meanwhile, sources said that a big gathering was being planned by students to mark Mashal’s second death anniversary in Peshawar on April 21.

‘Mashal March’

Our staff reporters add: Demonstrations to mark Mashal’s death anniversary were organised by student organisations and members of civil society in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.