Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan on Friday condemned the lynching of a 23-year-old student of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan by an enraged mob a day earlier.
Khan, in a tweet, said: “I am in touch with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General since last night on condemnable lynching of student in Mardan.”
The PTI chief noted, “Law of the jungle can’t prevail,” and said that firm action is necessary.
Condemning the act PTI MNA Asad Umer tweeted:
“Mardan lynching yet another example of how increasing intolerance is destroying the fabric of society”
A First Information Report was lodged today against 20 suspects, eight of whom have been arrested, police said.
On April 13, Mashal was killed and another student, Abdullah, was seriously injured by a vigilante mob for allegedly “publishing blasphemous content online”, local police had said.
The incident occurred within the university premises. The campus was shut down following the incident until further notice and its hostels vacated to avoid a further escalation of violence.
Initially, at least 45 people had been arrested in connection with the incident by Thursday evening, according to Mardan District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed.
No case had been filed against the two students prior to the incident and police had not been investigating the two on blasphemy charges.
The mob instead seems to have been incited by rumours circulating among the university’s student body.