Nation must be united in condemning Mashal Khan’s murder: PM Nawaz

April 15, 2017

Says State will not tolerate citizens taking law in their own hands

ISLAMABAD:  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued a statement on Saturday calling on the nation to stand united to condemn the murder of Mashal Khan and to promote tolerance and rule of law in society.

“I am shocked and saddened by the senseless display of mob justice that resulted in the murder of a young student Mashal Khan at Wali Khan University, Mardan.”

The prime minister stressed that perpetrators of this act should know that the state will not tolerate citizens taking the law into their own hands. The prime minister has also directed the police to apprehend those responsible for this act.

“No father should have to send his child off to be educated, with the fear of having him return in a coffin.”

The prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, also condemned the incident in a message sent out to her 3.1 million followers on Twitter. She said “Shocked to see Mashal Khan killing video. Vigilantism &mob justice are indicative of regressive & putrid mindset. Is that what we stand for? 23-year-old journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mashal Khan was brutally murdered by an angry mob which accused him of blasphemy.