Man ‘Stripped, Beaten and Shot’ for Posting Against Islam on Facebook

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has urged his countrymen to collectively condemn the lynching of a Muslim student killed for allegedly posting “blasphemous” content on Facebook.

Mashal Khan, 23, was reportedly “stripped, beaten, shot, and thrown from the second floor” of the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, northern Pakistan, last Thursday (April 13).

Thirteen people, including university employees, have been arrested in connection with his murder, according to a local police officer.

“Some employees of Abdul Wali Khan University could be seen among the mob, which has given the investigation a new direction for the time being,” District Police Officer Mian Saeed told media on 15 April. “These employees were very much part of the mob and this is shocking.”

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Alam Shinwari, added that the mob “wanted to burn his body, before police intervened.”

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