FamilyMashal's father, Iqbal Shayar, used to be a laborer but now as he was old, he didn't do any work. He is a man of letters, a poet, aficionado of culture, well-read who instilled the love for reading and critical thinking in his children.
EducationMashal Khan's education was supported by his relatives. Later he went on scholarship to ICMS (the largest private college in KP) and he topped the college in F.Sc. He secured a scholarship for engineering in Moscow, Russia. He returned to Pakistan after completing his engineering degree.
Masters in Mass Media and Journalism
Well cared by the Whole FamilyMashal was well-cared by the whole family and the extended family aw well as the they had high hopes from him, and they thought he would be a way out from the wretched situation his family was in. They survived with little and spent everything on him to enable him to pursue his dreams.Few months back he met his mother and told her that he wants to be a backbone to his father and make his father proud one day.
Mashal's MurderMashal, a student of AWKU’s Journalism and Mass Communications Department, was shot and beaten to death at the university’s boys hostel by an angry mob that accused him of posting sacrilegious remarks on social media.
Malala Condemns MurderNobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai condemned the murder of Khan and said Pakistani people are responsible for Islamophobia and for giving a bad image to their country.She added that this incident was not just about murder of a student but also embodied murdering the message of Islam.“We have forgotten our religion, values and dignity,” she said.
13 Member Joint Investigation TeamA report compiled by a 13-member joint investigation team (JIT) investigating the lynching of Mashal Khan stated that a group in the university incited a mob against the Mardan university student on pretext of blasphemy. It added that no proof was found that Khan had committed blasphemy.In April, a vigilante mob, incited by rumours attacked Khan for allegedly "publishing blasphemous content online". The mass communication student was beaten and shot by the mob and succumbed to the injuries he received.
JIT ReportThe JIT report acquired by Dawn News said that Khan was murdered in line with a plan allegedly hatched by Sabir Mayar, the president of the Pakhtun Student's Federation (PSF) and Ajmal, the president of the employees at the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), where Khan was studying Mass Communication.
According to ReporterThe report said that during interrogation, Ajmal claimed that Mayar had come into his office one day and said that Mashal "must be removed". However, the report added, the interrogation did not offer clarity into the meaning of Mayar's remarks.The report added that no evidence regarding allegations of blasphemy against Khan was found during investigation into the student's murder.
Verdict AnnouncementAn anti-terrorism court is all set to announce today on 7/02/2018 , its verdict in the Mashal Khan lynching case.
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