Islamabad April 14, 2017: The Pakistan People’s Party condemns in the strongest possible words the lynching of Mashal Khan a student of Abdul Wali Khan University over allegations of blasphemy reportedly by fellow students on Thursday.
In as statement Secretary General of the Party and Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that no words are strong enough to express deep anguish and revulsion and condemn what happened on Thursday the University.
The incident is made even more deplorable by the sheer helplessness and apathy of the administration in the face of mob violence.
If there is time when shedding tears is no shame it is this, he said.
Blasphemy is a heinous crime no doubt and must be punished severely in accordance with the law, he said.
However, for anyone to act as investigator, prosecutor and judge at the same time behind any façade is also a crime and deserves to be punished in accordance with the law, he said.
Those who perpetrated this crime must not forget that there is God whose mill when it starts grinding it grinds exceeding small.
Abdul Wali Khan believed in non-violence and a seat of learning dedicate to his memory should have been the last place to witness such violence.
His soul must have twisted and turned on what happened in the University set up in his name.
In any age and clime the incident will invoke the strongest revulsion.
The Party calls for a thorough investigation in the matter as well as exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crime, he said.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the incident has also brought to the fore the need for taking appropriate measures to prevent the misuse of blasphemy law and called upon the religious scholars also to play their role.