Mashal Killers Celebrated Murder Shooter’s Identity
A new video circulated on Tuesday of what followed immediately after the Mardan university lynching shows a man named Arif demanding that a group of gathered students take an oath to conceal the identity of the man who shot 23-year-old Mashal Khan.
Mashal, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, had been lynched moments earlier by the same mob over allegations of blasphemy. The video shows the crowd shouting religious slogans and congratulating each other over the horrific murder.
In the video, a man who appears to be the ringleader, Arif, is heard proclaiming that anyone who names the shooter will be considered “a traitor to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)”. The declaration seems to be a veiled threat to silence those who may testify against the murder and protect the main culprits. Arif, in the same video, names himself and his father and states that anyone who wished to lodge a First Information Report in the case is free to nominate him for the murder.