15 April 2017
WSC Condemns Murder of Mashal Khan in Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan
World Sindhi Congress (WSC) is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the brutal murder of Mashal Khan (23 years old), a university student of Mass Communication at the Abdul Wali Khan University, in Mardan on April 13, 2017. This murder committed by a vigilante mob was the result of rumors about alleged blasphemy against him.
Based on the news followed by the media, WSC understands that this cruel murder of a Pashtoon student was portrayed by the corrupt university administration which, days before was stressed by Mashal Khan in the form of protests as well as in his interview to a national TV channel Samaa.
At least 65 people have been murdered over blasphemy allegations since 1990, according to figures from a Center for Research and Security Studies.
WSC strongly believes that the lawlessness in the country and intolerance amongst the local communities is the result of decades-long policies of Pakistani establishment and pro-army political parties.
This kind of behavior in the society will take all sister nations of Sindhi people into more darkness and serve the purposes of the establishment. This always creates a type of situation in the name of religion, sectarianism, cast and divert their attention from the core issues.
WSC asks national and internal human rights organizations to interfere and put pressure the provincial and federal governments to take action and put culprits behind bars. Therefore, such type of incidents may not arise in the future.
WSC, also extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mashal Khan.