Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – On Tuesday The National Assembly vehemently condemned the murder of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan and demanded the government to award exemplary punishment to culprits.

“This House unanimously condemns the barbaric and cold-blooded murder of Mashal Khan and resolves to ensure that strong safeguards may be inserted into Blasphemy Law to prevent its abuse through such atrocities in future including by mobs involved in such crime,” stated the resolution adopted by the House.

The resolution moved by Federal Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain demanded the federal and provincial governments take strict action against the perpetrators and facilitators of this heinous act including those making hate speeches.

The resolution called for effective measures to ensure that the blasphemy law is not misused, including the imposition of “strong safeguards” into the blasphemy law “to prevent its abuse through such atrocities in the future including by mobs involved in such crimes.”

The members resolved that nobody should be allowed to take the law into their hands and resort to the condemnable act of killing someone. The resolution was moved to the House by Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain.

Mashal, a student of sixth semester in the Mass Communication department of Abdul Wali Khan University was lynched to death over allegations of blasphemy on Thursday. The brutal torture sparked outrage and social activists and masses demanded a fair inquiry into the incident.