Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, in a press conference alongside Mashal Khan’s father Tuesday, issued a strongly worded condemnation of the 23-year-old’s lynching on what has so far proven to be a baseless accusation.
“It has become clear during the investigation that Mashal never committed blasphemy. He was framed in a conspiracy and murdered,” Imran Khan said.
“As a father, I can understand what Iqbal Khan [Mashal’s father] is going through. This was a cruel deed and they used the blasphemy law as an excuse.”
“I want to assure his parents that I will ensure justice for his death,” Imran Khan said.
“Whoever planned his murder and whoever participated in it will be punished and made an example of for future generations,” the PTI chief said.
“Even if the culprits are found to be from the PTI, they will be punished. We will not discriminate along party lines in pursuing this case,” Imran Khan said.
“The entire country saw [what they did]. Even animals don’t behave this way,” he added.
“We will take this as a lesson and make sure no one ever misuses the blasphemy law again to murder people again,” he added.