“Humanist” Student Mashal Khan Beaten to Death in Pakistan After Accusations of Blasphemy

Apr 14, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

According to very disturbing reports out of Pakistan, Mashal Khan, an activist who called himself “The Humanist” on Facebook and a student at Abdul Wali Khan University in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was shot and beaten to death by fellow students today after being accused of blasphemy.

According to the police, the mob first surrounded [Khan’s friend] Abdullah and forced him to recite verses from the Quran. They started beating him when he was reciting the verses. Police intervention rescued Abdullah, but the attackers then went to the hostel where Mashal Khan was staying. “Mashal was beaten and shot by the mob who died on the spot,” a police officer stated.

A video footage apparently shot on a mobile phone showed Khan lying on the floor in a pool of blood surrounded by people beating him with sticks.

That not-safe-for-life footage is here and here.

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8 comments on ““Humanist” Student Mashal Khan Beaten to Death in Pakistan After Accusations of Blasphemy

  • There is a BBC report of this here:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39593302

    A university student in Pakistan accused of blasphemy against Islam has been killed by a mob of fellow students on campus, police say.

    Many students have been arrested after the brutal attack in the northern city of Mardan, and the campus has been closed.

    Reports suggest that two young men were accused of posting offensive content on Facebook. One survived with injuries.



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  • Meanwhile in Chechnya:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39600124

    The Russian daily Novaya Gazeta says it is alarmed by a Chechen Muslim call for “retribution” after the paper reported violence against gay men in Chechnya.

    Chechen Muslim clerics met on 3 April, two days after the paper’s revelations, and said the report had insulted their faith and the dignity of Chechen men.

    “Retribution will catch up with the true instigators, wherever and whoever they are,” their resolution said.

    Novaya Gazeta says it amounts to a call for “reprisals against journalists”.



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  • . . . and as usual, other religions with different views are also targetted!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39601456

    The head of the Coptic Christian Church has led a Good Friday service in the cathedral in Cairo in the aftermath of last Sunday’s deadly bomb attacks.

    Pope Tawadros II had been in one of the two churches targeted on Palm Sunday when 45 people were killed in attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State.

    Security has been tightened at churches across Egypt and Easter celebrations have been scaled back.

    Both suicide bombers were Egyptians, the government said.

    A three-month state of emergency was imposed following the bombings in Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta.

    The attacks on Christians, who make up about 10% of Egypt’s population, raised security fears ahead of a visit to Cairo by Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, scheduled for 28 and 29 April.

    In a visit to Pope Tawadros, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to hunt down those who had organised the bombings.

    Mmm! Two Popes and Muslim clerics in close proximity!
    Compartmentalised P.R. Buddy-buddies, – or an explosive mixture??



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  • I was physically sickened by the video footage. Can you imagine beating someone to death? Literally stomping, punching, and kicking someone until they are dead?

    I watched Mel Gibson’s shit propaganda movie (I think it’s title is “the passion of the christ” — but care so little about getting it right that I won’t even open another tab and google it)… But, when the film depicted the inhumanity involved in the scourging of christ, I was weeping. The folks I was watching it with know I am atheistic and are devout believers, themselves. they were very surprised to see me moved like that.

    When we discussed it, they had it partially right. I was moved. Not because of some holiness or holy spirit descending on me, but rather, moved because of a few general ideas.
    First, I’d weep if I saw an animal beaten like that.
    Second, I’d like to think that I’d intercede and get the animals off of they prey.
    Third, and most profound, we haven’t evolved since then.

    I just cannot wrap my head around the xenophobia and clear blood thirst that the “holy mob” displays. BTW, I’d be just as acerbic had the mob been atheist or gay or whatever… Some paradigm changing narrative has to enter the cultural zeitgeist to shame people for being public with their violence and hatred. Keep your fucking prayers to yourself!!!

    I also can taste the irony of these places being called “holy”. If there was an actual deity, if there was actual “holiness”, there’d be evidence — one of the pieces would be, perhaps, a spot or a day when violence is impossible.

    think about it, this “creator” made it so that I cannot hold my breath until I die. This bullshit entity made it so that certain very specific things are impossible. But, why not make it so that a human being cannot kill another human being? This faux being could do ANYTHING, right?

    Every time I look closely at “intelligent design” and the notion of a supreme being, I realize that a 4 year old child could do a better job. Now, wanna talk about “unintelligent design”? The evidence abounds.



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  • crookedshoes #4

    I just cannot wrap my head around the xenophobia and
    clear blood thirst that the “holy mob” displays. BTW, I’d be just as
    acerbic had the mob been atheist or gay or whatever… Some paradigm
    changing narrative has to enter the cultural zeitgeist to shame people
    for being public with their violence and hatred. Keep your fucking
    prayers to yourself!!! I also can taste the irony of these places
    being called “holy”.

    Yes! It is so absurdly. And one can not get over how believers are at the same time bloodthirsty mentally deranged people and at the same time preachers of goodness and morality.

    But, why not make it so that a human being cannot kill another human
    being? This faux being could do ANYTHING, right?

    So true.



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  • crookedshoes #4

    But, why not make it so that a human being cannot kill another human
    being? This faux being could do ANYTHING, right?

    That is the nature of “religious morality”!

    ANY actions promoting the religion or its dogmas, are awarded an authoritative badge of “goodness” (or sainthood or whatever), regardless of the effects on people! – and any holding to account or reprisals by “outsiders” against the perpetrators, gives them the acclaimed badges of martyrs and heroes!



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  • The people who did this are savages and barbarians. And the fact that they feel moved to do this by their religion tells you a great deal about the savagry and barbarity that is contained in that religion.

    If this were an isolated incident, one might be inclined to give some credence to the inevitable apologists who will decry this as “not true Islam” and tell us about how Islam means “peace”, and so on. Unfortunately, it is not an isolated incident. Similar atrocities are being committed almost daily in the Islamic world and while the people who do this may be in the minority, there are too many of them for the claim to stand that this is nothing to do with Islam.



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  • @OP – A video footage apparently shot on a mobile phone showed Khan lying on the floor in a pool of blood surrounded by people beating him with sticks.

    It seems the “moral benefits” of religion and “faith-thinking”, are manifesting themselves in Pakistan!

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2017/06/man-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-on-facebook-in-pakistan/

    Mashal Khan case: – A Pakistani court has sentenced one man to death and handed life terms to five others for murdering a student who was falsely accused of blasphemy.

    Twenty-five others were convicted of lesser offences in the case and 26 people were acquitted.

    Mashal Khan was dragged out of his university accommodation in north-west Pakistan in April 2017 by a crowd of hundreds of his fellow students.

    He was badly beaten before being shot and his body mutilated.

    The trial took place inside Haripur Central Jail for safety reasons. Security was tight for the verdict, with hundreds of police deployed and roads closed around the prison.

    Blasphemy is an incendiary social and political issue in religiously conservative Pakistan.

    In all 57 people were put on trial in connection with the murder, including fellow student Imran Ali, who knew the victim well and pleaded guilty to shooting him.
    He was the only person who received a death sentence.

    A 58th man was arrested last month and is facing separate proceedings.

    Mashal Khan’s father, Iqbal Khan, said justice had not been done in the case.

    “I don’t understand how several people were acquitted despite very clear videos and other evidence,” he told BBC Urdu.



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