Dozens charged over killing of ‘blas­phe­mer’

THE (Times Higher Education) - - NEWS -

Al­most 60 peo­ple have been in­dicted for the on-cam­pus murder of a Pak­istani uni­ver­sity stu­dent who was falsely ac­cused of blas­phemy. All 57 peo­ple ac­cused of killing Mashal Khan, a jour­nal­ism stu­dent at the Ab­dul Wali Khan Uni­ver­sity Mar­dan in north­east­ern Pak­istan, have pleaded not guilty to murder, the Hin­dus­tan Times re­ported. They are ac­cused of join­ing a lynch mob that seized the 23-year-old from his dor­mi­tory be­fore he was stripped, beaten and shot by fel­low stu­dents on 13 April. A re­port com­piled by a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team that ex­am­ined the lynch­ing said that a group of fac­ulty mem­bers and stu­dent lead­ers within the uni­ver­sity had in­cited a mob against Mr Khan by us­ing the pre­text of blas­phemy.

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