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We will make sure no one misuses the blasphemy law again: Imran Khan

Updated Apr 18, 2017 03:16pm

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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, in a press conference alongside Mashal Khan's father Tuesday, issued a strongly worded condemnation of the 23-year-old's lynching on what has so far proven to be a baseless accusation.

"It has become clear during the investigation that Mashal never committed blasphemy. He was framed in a conspiracy and murdered," Imran Khan said.

"As a father, I can understand what Iqbal Khan [Mashal's father] is going through. This was a cruel deed and they used the blasphemy law as an excuse."

"I want to assure his parents that I will ensure justice for his death," Imran Khan said.

"Whoever planned his murder and whoever participated in it will be punished and made an example of for future generations," the PTI chief said.

"Even if the culprits are found to be from the PTI, they will be punished. We will not discriminate along party lines in pursuing this case," Imran Khan said.

"The entire country saw [what they did]. Even animals don't behave this way," he added.

"We will take this as a lesson and make sure no one ever misuses the blasphemy law again to murder people again," he added.

Horrific attack

On April 13, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan student Mashal Khan, was shot and beaten to death by a violent mob on university premises.

The mob had also wanted to burn his body before police intervened, a senior police official had said. He had been accused of blasphemy by fellow students.

Another student, Abdullah, was beaten bloody before police managed to rescue him from his attackers. An eyewitness said he was accused of belonging to the Ahmadi faith and forced to recite verses from the Holy Quran, then beaten savagely even though he repeatedly denied the accusation.

No case had been filed against the two students prior to the incident and police had not been investigating the two on blasphemy charges.

The mob instead seems to have been incited by rumours circulating among the university's student body.

After the incident, the university had said it would investigate three students, including Mashal and Abdullah, for alleged blasphemous activities and ordered them rusticated and banned from the premises of all campuses of the university.

The notification, dated April 13, however did not mention any details of the incident or a condemnation of the student's killing, even though the university's provost, Fayyaz Ali Shah, said it had been issued after the lynching.

Khyber Pakhtun­khwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak later told the KP assembly that no evidence had been found to suggest that Mashal Khan had committed blasphemy.

"The mobile phone record of the victim has been checked by the police but there was nothing against Islam," he told the province's lawmakers.

“Since the occurrence of the incident, I have been in contact with the inspector general of police; so far, no evidence has emerged to show that blasphemy was committed by the victim,” he said, adding that such brutality would not be tolerated.

A judicial inquiry was ordered into the case. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has also taken notice of the incident.

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majid Apr 18, 2017 01:16pm

Why now, why not before loss of so many precious lives..

Muneer Apr 18, 2017 01:16pm

Well done Imran Khan.

haider shaikh Apr 18, 2017 01:17pm

Kaptan, please ensure that this should be the last victim of blasphemy law. Set this as an example for all. So no one should misuse it again.

Arun kumar gupta Apr 18, 2017 01:18pm

Pakistan should repeal Blasphemy Law altogether to get out of the Middle age . Other wise such case of perpetrated murder continue and no law to plug it.

Parvez Apr 18, 2017 01:19pm

To do so the law must be amended and then applied..... all the law makers including leading clerics agree that the law must be amended to ensure it will not be misused AND THAT IS WHERE THE STORY ENDS.....its all flapping of lips with no follow up.

Muhammad Mansoor Sajid Apr 18, 2017 01:20pm

It's great of Imran Khan to have express his anger publically and promised to bring to justice all those involved in this crime, while so called religious ulemas are keeping silence.

PAtriot Apr 18, 2017 01:20pm

Only hope for our country is IK

Khan of KP Apr 18, 2017 01:22pm

A wise move from Imran Khan. Time to see some action.

The end is near Apr 18, 2017 01:23pm

Thanks IK.

Zahid Apr 18, 2017 01:25pm

A breath of fresh air..Mashal cannot be brought back but others will be saved.

Concerned Citizen Apr 18, 2017 01:26pm

Great to see someone is taking lead - please take strict and speedy action so it never happens again .. thanks for taking a stand Mr. Khan

Bilal Shahid Apr 18, 2017 01:27pm

I hope example will be set and culprits will get there fate....

malik Apr 18, 2017 01:31pm

The Lion Roar

Sheraz Apr 18, 2017 01:32pm

To be honest, We need IK to set straight the direction of this rotten society. For decades, our society has been misused for personal gains. We need a leader who doesn't have conflict of interest. Believe me, you give one more chance to Zardaris and Nawazs and I assure you will regret it for lifetime.

YOUKNOWIMRIGHT Apr 18, 2017 01:33pm

Again, Imran Khan and the voices behind the unanimous National Assembly resolution condemning the murder perpetrated under all-too-frequent shonky allegations of "blasphemy" are merely attempting to treat the symptom rather than the cancer itself. Rid the country of this dangerous law that will always be open to murderous manipulation by the unscrupulous.

Zak Apr 18, 2017 01:33pm

The perpetrators must been shown no mercy. They even broke the code of pukhtoonwali and every principle of islam

Mohammed Sattar Apr 18, 2017 01:35pm

Too little too late. This is not just a KPK problem. This needs to be tackled across the country and the the ''condemnations '' I hear from the religious parties is deafening.

mUHAMMAD aLI Apr 18, 2017 01:37pm

Imran Khan's presence in the family shows a great leadership. He is the only true leader in Pakistan now.

Hassan (Karachi) Apr 18, 2017 01:38pm

Dear Sir, the only way to stop misuse of blasphemy law is to abolish it. Which our country is incapable to even discuss, which was what Salman Taseer was trying to do 6 years and 3 months ago (Jan 2011).

fareed Hussain Apr 18, 2017 01:40pm

I hope the justice is served and it sets an example for others who play God and take lives in any pretext.

Nofame Apr 18, 2017 01:41pm

Dunno why but the statement of Imran Khan gives some kinda relief to my heart that now all those who were involved in Mashal's killing (better to say animal behave - sorry even animals wont do such things) will be punished.

yes Apr 18, 2017 01:43pm

If this was CM Punjab or CM SIndh they would only take notices, thats it. We hope IK is different and CM KPK is different and they actually take action and punish the animals who did this and ensure this doesnt happen again

Russel Apr 18, 2017 01:43pm

When you have a leader with integrity.

MaliK Apr 18, 2017 01:44pm

Imran Khan is the only hope left in this country!!

Riz Apr 18, 2017 01:45pm

Spoke like a true leader. Please fix the loopholes in blasphemy law so it is not misused again.

SohailAnwar Apr 18, 2017 01:45pm

How?

JA-Australia Apr 18, 2017 01:47pm

Once again, Imran Khan has the right response.

Mangal Apr 18, 2017 01:49pm

You were the first one to condemn this barbaric attack and I am positive that you will make sure that the culprits will be punished.

Fuzail Apr 18, 2017 01:49pm

Khan sahab, your belated visit is much appreciated. However, you must not pay homage to the police as they failed to prevent the incident. We demand a separate institution which remains present in the vicinity of all universities so as to PREVENT such horrific acts by timely intervention.

hussain Apr 18, 2017 01:50pm

We need similar clarity from all parties and stakeholders. As Govt ran advertisements to define the limits of 'freedom of speech', now Govt. should also run ads for informing people that "any case of Blasphemy will be dealt by authorities/govt not individuals".

Zak Apr 18, 2017 01:50pm

We need him as PM of pakistan.

Uza Syed Apr 18, 2017 01:51pm

Any law, regardless of its titles, which can be used as an excuse to murder anyone is barbaric and doesn't belong to any civilised society. The so called Blasphemy Laws made by the former President Zia must be amended or even repealed henceforth to save lives if our innocent citizens by the primitive fundos who kill people for the reason of not agreeing with them.

Good guy... Apr 18, 2017 01:53pm

A very good gesture from IK...

Asif Apr 18, 2017 01:59pm

A very good move by IK.

rashid Apr 18, 2017 02:00pm

It should be " Time to abandon blasphemy laws"

Nabeel Apr 18, 2017 02:03pm

Love you IK...

Naeem Apr 18, 2017 02:04pm

Imran Khan is the only leader in the country who stood with Mashal immediately after the incident where he tweeted the law of the jungle is not acceptable and he is in touch with the IG. if Pakistanis let this leader go away then that will be the biggest loss of Pakistan after losing Jinnah so early..

Tanveer Apr 18, 2017 02:04pm

I have never been a fan of IK. But this particular step by IK to visit Mashal's home and sending a strongly worded condemnation of the incident are truley praise-worthy. I salute IK for this rare bravery on part of politicians. May he succeed in his resolve of providing justice to the victim. Thank you IK

JKhan Apr 18, 2017 02:06pm

This man is no different to others of his class. Pathetic. His educational reforms were all a big hoax as is his CM and his incompetent cabinet. Why didn't he attend Mashal's Janaza prayers? Why couldn't he meet his father earlier? These are some of the basic questions which he can answer not if he was speaking the truth.

GhoUri Apr 18, 2017 02:10pm

With Blasphemy Law in place, same incidents will continue to happen. But that's not possible in a present situation to repeal it because of obvious reasons. However, it must be amended immediately and handled with great care during the prosecution because there comes a life risk of every individual involved in the case.

Awais Apr 18, 2017 02:10pm

Need to do more than just words. Punishing the culprits and Police who did not act is essential but this time we need to go over and above. This mindset needs to be rooted out, we need a whole new Secular, Modern and Digital curriculum and control over discussing religious matters in public space. Message in the form of punishment and education should be loud and clear, 'Blashphemy or No Blasphemy such acts are not allowed and would be punished severely'

I Salute the 'honourable and tolerable' way his family have reacted. Lets take steps to make these qualities 'The Mashal' of our society.

RiaRiazullah Baig Apr 18, 2017 02:11pm

Mob justice never allowed but lynched the accused almost in all cases so far let alone to present his or her case regardless of the application and morality of the law. False of malafide accusation of blaspemy must ensue the application of the law to the accuser.

Musarrat Iqbal Javed Apr 18, 2017 02:12pm

IK and CM even if there was blasphemy MOB JUSTICE is not acceptable

Shahzad S Iqbal Apr 18, 2017 02:14pm

Wah Imran Khan wah....I am happy my family and I support you....please lead this country out of the dark era of the past 7 odd decades. Our people deserve better, our coming generations deserve better....

Fowzul Aleem Farook Apr 18, 2017 02:15pm

I appreciate the action taken by the PTI Chief and former colourful Pakistan Cricketer Imran Khan. All parties must rally round him to arrest the culprit and punish them. No individual could take law into their hands. Never allow such type of murder and killings to take place in future. Muslims from Non Muslim countries look upon countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan for upholding justice and fair play.

Omar Apr 18, 2017 02:16pm

Please get rid of this insane law !!!

Usman j Apr 18, 2017 02:17pm

Imran Khan: We will make sure no one misuses the blasphemy law again Me: How ?

Ahmad Apr 18, 2017 02:19pm

God-speed IK, see this through and you shall be remembered in good words. This misuse of the law to suite one's own interests must stop.

Nadir Apr 18, 2017 02:20pm

Well done IK!

Ijaz Apr 18, 2017 02:23pm

Hope there is no U-Turn this time

Noman Aziz Apr 18, 2017 02:25pm

He was the first to condemn. Still sending the strongest signal.

A citizen Apr 18, 2017 02:25pm

First to condemn and still sending the strongest signal. IK all the way. The only leader with guts and integrity to reform Pakistan

Noman Aziz Apr 18, 2017 02:26pm

Thank you so much, Imran Khan for not deliberating and worrying about the vote bank!

ali ahmed Apr 18, 2017 02:27pm

lets see if PTI can deliver on its promise for once especially on issues related to religion

SAM Apr 18, 2017 02:28pm

This craziness is fast becoming a part of Pakistan's DNA. A severe dose of self-reflection and bravery is needed to recognize this devilish trait. Kudos to IK for being so bold and clear. But, the public is stuck in the stupor of denial and happy to languish in its chosen role of being the sorry victim of the west and the east!!

Hasaan Apr 18, 2017 02:29pm

Good Luck.

AdIl Apr 18, 2017 02:29pm

Well said IK

MK Apr 18, 2017 02:30pm

The perpetrators must be brought to justice irrespective political affiliation and their social background. It's a high time, we need to learn from this incident and educate the masses to show patience and tolerance in all our matters. Love how Imran has shown real Leadership and taken the bull by the horn. We must learn to live with each other and respect others views n opinions. Peace, respect and patience must be the name of the game or we will be doomed.

kamal hasan Apr 18, 2017 02:33pm

wow. i am impressed. great khan

Umair Apr 18, 2017 02:37pm

I say even if he committed blasphemy, why take law in your hand and kill a soul this brutally?? This law itself should be abolished.

Ghalib Ghalib Apr 18, 2017 02:38pm

Show no mercy as this is exactly what was meted out Mashal Khan. No excuses. Wild animals or wild people cannot live in harmony with civil animals or civil people.

something fishy Apr 18, 2017 02:39pm

@ali ahmed Why are you showing doubts and not appreciating what is done/said/promised so far? even if PTI could not deliver as much as promised on this issue because of the bad systems, still it will be a big step in right direction. Do not you agree?

Liaqat Ali Apr 18, 2017 02:40pm

I k has my vote already , a reluctant one to be sure. But he will earn my respect also if he pursues and accomplishes what he is saying here. But I very much doubt . I hope I am proven wrong this time .He has disapponited me multiple times before . I vote for him just for lack of better alternatives. But earning respect is differrent . Lets see.

Imran Apr 18, 2017 02:42pm

Please appreciate the guts of a leader to sit besides the father, and then commits.

BOb Apr 18, 2017 02:45pm

Even if blasphemy was commited this act should not have happened. This is what Imran should have said. Vigilantism has become symptomatic of the ills of our country. Imran should be fighting for the reform of the blasphemy law. This was the perfect opporuniry for him to present his views in a balanced way, which he missed once again

Hasnain Haque Apr 18, 2017 02:46pm

I have full faith in PTI will deliver in this case and this will be turning point for this archaic Blasphemy law.

aisha Apr 18, 2017 02:47pm

Nawaz Sharif has not even bothered to issue a statement?

Hasnain Haque Apr 18, 2017 02:47pm

Even if he had committed Blasphemy, it does not justify killing anyone. This is indicative of rule of jungle and backward society.

Shahbaz Ahmed Apr 18, 2017 02:48pm

We believe in you sir..you are the only leader i believe in..

Hasnain Haque Apr 18, 2017 02:48pm

PTI alone cannot solve the society's mindset and backwardness, the elite, the educated, those in power and the masses need to eradicate this animal mentality.

Hasnain Haque Apr 18, 2017 02:49pm

Its astonishing that this happened in a university, what hope is there for those being educated in this way.

Incredible Apr 18, 2017 02:55pm

Not getting to the core of the issue. Why did the poor Mashal has to be declared innocent to be eligible to get a fair trial for his brutal murder!!! Everyone is beating about the bush, no body is confronting it head on.

Extremely pathetic and in very bad taste by IK to praise KPK police infront of the deceased father, especially after what has emerged on police role in the murder i.e Police officers either condoned and/or did not intervene timely to stop the brutal murder. Hopeless from the last hope we had.

Hussain Apr 18, 2017 02:57pm

Pakistan a crowd of narrow minded guided by illiterate mullah can only go further down the hill, till an honest and powerful leader emerges. But it may be a dream, God never help those strive on bigotry and violence.

qwells Apr 18, 2017 03:01pm

This is exactly what Salman Taseer said :(

AHK Apr 18, 2017 03:02pm

Thanks for proving me right to opt you in last election. May justice prevails.

bkt Apr 18, 2017 03:04pm

Bravo Imran Khan! This is the kind of statement that provides assurance and what we need at this time.

QS Apr 18, 2017 03:04pm

Disappointed in IK....he's insinuating that it was a planned conspiracy and those animals used blasphemy law as an excuse to commit this heinous crime.....that might be true....but the condemnation should be categorical...regardless of whether Mashal had committed blasphemy or not...this was a henious crime and the culprits should brought to justice.

BAXAR Apr 18, 2017 03:09pm

"We will take this as a lesson and make sure no one ever misuses the blasphemy law again to murder people again," And how will he make sure, any road map? To change the law is an uphill task for political parties who try to get votes from people who are actively and violently in it's favor. They cannot afford to loose their support fearing that it will be recuperated by rivals. They cannot change administrative system to a professional one, fearing a backlash on the elite that supports them. They cannot call on the army, which can deal with mob activity, but will gain sympathy and support of the masses as the only true administrator, that in turn will reduce their own clout. They are juggling with too many balls at the same time, that they can handle, and cannot afford to loose anyone of them. Time to decide.

Harmony-1© Apr 18, 2017 03:12pm

Mashal Khan will be remembered forever who gave his life as a turning point for reformation of Blasphemy Laws!

Adeel Apr 18, 2017 03:14pm

@Bob Imran khan have said this on his interview that this is in our constitution and punishment also been added then their is no requirement for people to take law in their own hand as the law should deal with such miscreants itself and if this is the law of the state everyone should follow .

Karachi wala Apr 18, 2017 03:15pm

Can Imran Khan kindly tell us would he approve lynching if it was proven a person had somehow committed an act of so called blasphemy?

abubakar Apr 18, 2017 03:21pm

well said ik. agree will not repeat such type of incident again

MOHAMMAD Apr 18, 2017 03:38pm

Thanks IK, please stick to your words this time, no U turn please. You are the last hope for KPK and Pakistan, stay blessed.

Azmeen Apr 18, 2017 03:40pm

Where was IK/KPK govt when MashAllah was killed, where was IK/KPK government when the university was run without a vice chancellor for months.

The end is near Apr 18, 2017 03:41pm

Thanks a lot IK.

MOHAMMAD Apr 18, 2017 03:43pm

Thanks IK, please stick to your words this time, no U turn please, you are the last hope for KPK and Pakistan. You are loyal to Pakistan, rest all Politicians are not.. stay blessed and safe.

Gerry dcunha Apr 18, 2017 03:44pm

Blasphemy law in Pakistan has been misused since 3 decades and nothing has been done to amend the law due to high pressure from the religious parties.

BAXAR Apr 18, 2017 03:45pm

@Hussain "Pakistan a crowd of narrow minded guided by illiterate mullah" Check again, the "mullahs" who guide them are not as illiterate as you might. The "mullahs" at the end of the trail.

Grievence aimed Apr 18, 2017 03:53pm

PTI needs to stop with the rediculous promises of stopping incidents within its own constituency when it clearly has no control or political ability. The disappointment that is PTI needs to stop politicising the unimaginable events of last week it is quite repulsive. Instead of talking do something, and please let that not be a dharna.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 18, 2017 03:53pm

Only time will tell if he can match his words with solid and tangible on-the-ground action in the "land of the pure?"

khanm Apr 18, 2017 03:59pm

indeed they should be punished. For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves, murders and then punish them. The best approach is to be proactive, right education with compassion for a human is the key solution...

butterfly Apr 18, 2017 04:15pm

@Zak On breaking Pakhtoonwali code, with due respect, why is it that your comments are always dripping with an open hint of self righteousness, pride and denial! pls make an effort to finally accept that things are going wrong on many levels in Pakistan, rather than stick to false pride!

SAK Apr 18, 2017 04:16pm

We should abolish this law.

Yawar AQIL Apr 18, 2017 04:16pm

Well said and done Imran Khan. Better late then never

Patriot Apr 18, 2017 04:16pm

Do you have courage to repeal this much abused law?

A.M. Khawar Apr 18, 2017 04:17pm

It is very encouraging that Imran Khan has pledged to get justice for the lynching of Mashal Khan by the mob and that “we will make sure no one misuse the blasphemy law again.” This is absolutely necessary and music to the ears. The Nation is waiting for the justice. Only law-abiding societies can prosper in this world. I hope similar pledges are made. LOUD and CLEAR, by all other leading politicians, including the PM. Dear PM, why were you so late in full throated condemning of the heinous crime and in declaring the resolve to get the perpetrators to justice? What is wrong with you?!

Aamir Latif Apr 18, 2017 04:31pm

We can expect IK to deliver justice, great expectation from IK. I hope his govt in KPK also has the same will to act against their own people and others involved in this crime including University administration and even police at spot that failed to help the victim. find it very surprising that except IK. no political leaders including PM, CM had the guts to condole with Mashals parents.

Hasnain Haque Apr 18, 2017 04:46pm

@JKhan Why didnt the PM attend funeral prayers, why did'nt PM see Mashal's father. At least he is doing something whilst your elected leaders carry on looting.

Fahim Khalil Apr 18, 2017 05:12pm

Weldone IK as usual But first remove VC and other top administration of said university .. How it is possible that VC was not aware of such conspiracy which was made against any one and why he timely not respond it ... We want strongest and exampolory Punishment for those who were Directly Or indirectly linked with this sort of brutality ..

Zala Apr 18, 2017 05:15pm

The vice chancellor and chairman of wali khan university should be terminated immediately. Along with the registrar and other officials.

Ramiz Apr 18, 2017 05:33pm

Stress is that 'he didn't commit any blasphemy', even though if crime was committed it is not the way to punish in a country having law.

ukasha Apr 18, 2017 05:34pm

Hope IK will do what he says...

Farhan Apr 18, 2017 05:49pm

Our society problem is we do not encourage our young generation to exhibit their curiosity and ask questions on every dam thing exists in the world. We should not curb the innocence and creativity.

Obaid Hassan Apr 18, 2017 05:50pm

Well done IK.

Farhan Apr 18, 2017 05:51pm

@Arun kumar gupta World is enough connected till the individual level today. We dont need such laws where the victim could be anyone.

zeeshan Apr 18, 2017 05:57pm

Imran khan is trying to defuse tensions so that the status quo of the law remain unchallenged. We need this Law completely removed from PPC.

NasIR Apr 18, 2017 06:02pm

Well done..a true leader

ARSHAD,Canada Apr 18, 2017 06:18pm

Thank you Mr.Khan for the strong worded condemnation. All leaders should do the same including the so called religious leaders. There should be a case against the Mullah who refused his Namaz e Janaza.

Sal Apr 18, 2017 06:26pm

O khan sahib, start with your student organization which was also involved in this brutal act.

Rabia Apr 18, 2017 06:27pm

There is no way to ensure that so long as this law is in place. The only way is to repeal it. If you have any courage, sense, and foresight.

Mjk Apr 18, 2017 06:35pm

In the world of mass media, mass social networks , it is easy to set up a fake account and write any derogatory comments against anyone. Murder of Mashal Khan is not going to deter these evil doers .

tatvavetta Apr 18, 2017 06:44pm

In this case, Mashal Khan and Abdullah had not committed Blasphemy still they were punished. If suppose someone had committed blasphemy , is the lynching by a group of people justified?? Can this acceptance be used to settle the personal dispute by a powerful individual or group? It is observed that power is vested in religious groups, Imam (He refused LAST RIGHTS), civil court, and Military court since any of them can punish guilty in Pakistan. If however justice is to be ensured such that no innocent person is punished even if in the process a guilty goes unpunished then power should be given only and only to civil court in a democracy. It is observed that too many innocent people have been killed in Pakistan

Seedoo Apr 18, 2017 06:46pm

I am sorry IK, this is not enough. Talking about misuse of blasphemy, telling public that the victim never committed blasphemy is like justifying the killing if the victim had actually committed one. The fact is that an innocent person was killed and whether he committed blasphemy or not is irrelevant. The real answer to this problem lies in getting rid of this blasphemy law all together.

sukhera Apr 18, 2017 06:54pm

You created the environment and encouraged the youth to take the law into their own hands. Here is the end result of your inciting terrorism. Why thousands of people from your province are involved in terrorism? You reap what you sow in this life. You are responsible for everything which is happening in your province. Now you own it and please don't pretend that it was not your public statements.

Adeel SHAH Apr 18, 2017 07:14pm

Well done. Make an example of the people who has done thid barbaric act

Rahman Apr 18, 2017 07:28pm

Talk is cheap. Show proof of your sincerity by proposing amendments to this law where false accusers are given the same punishment as proven violators. Not going to happen.

waheed rajpar Apr 18, 2017 07:39pm

well done, imran khan

waheed rajpar Apr 18, 2017 07:40pm

well done, imran khan

Mubarak Apr 18, 2017 08:00pm

Mr. Khan, you said he did not commit blasphemi; if he had then would you not condemn the killing? If so why don't you put it that way. Imran sb your words should be more clear so that there are no ifs or buts.

Saeeds Apr 18, 2017 08:02pm

If PTI and IK really sincere than work on abolishing Blashemphy law. Talk And taking picture with victims is cheap

zahid Apr 18, 2017 08:10pm

Well done Imran Khan.

m.m amin (old ravian ) Apr 18, 2017 08:29pm

Mr.I K was it a case of miss use of law or lawlessness ? Laws in our land are neither feared nor respected .These are held in contempt .

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 18, 2017 08:41pm

Imran Khan very well said. We are with you IK!

Get these goon needs to get the harshest punishment possible, so no one dare do anything like this to a human.

I miss you my brother Mashal!!!! You will live in our hearts forever and ever and we will raise voice as a humanity, Kisi ko nahe bakshana jis neh insaniayat ka qatar kiyaa. I'm broken Mishal my brother but still standing against this injustice done to you mereh bhai! We shall not give up!

Ehsan Apr 18, 2017 08:43pm

Strong stance, I was losing hope and IK .

Liaqat Khan Apr 18, 2017 08:46pm

Mr Khan you are nothing except making promises and breaking trust. You can do nothing as you did nothing in Kpk.

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SYED ANJUM ali Apr 19, 2017 02:43am

I sincerely hope Imran Khan's PTI government in KPK will take exemplary steps to punish the criminals as well as university staff behind these. If these people are linked to PTI or their allies JI, then they should be dealt with even more severely.

Alba Apr 19, 2017 03:47am

"We will make sure no one misuses the blasphemy law again: Imran Khan" _ Very noble sentiment, but an impossible task.

DNiwasi Apr 19, 2017 05:13am

Did Imran Khan ever raise his voice in many previous such lynchings? No. he chose to play politically safe. He is dishonest. he talks about naming the univ after Mashal as if that is more imp than demanding military trial of the arrested and others not arrested so far. heck, we did not hear a word against his PTI Councilor who mocked Mashall today. Shame on this opportunist who goes about like he is a savior of Pakistan.

Changez khan Apr 19, 2017 05:19am

Why it took so long to make such needed statement from Imran Khan? PM Nawaz didn't take long to voice his anger.

BOb Apr 19, 2017 06:16am

@Adeel he should make efforts to amend the law. Too Many people have suffered injustice due to a law that lacks clarity and protection of the accused.

Arnold w bush Apr 19, 2017 06:59am

How can we say that the blasphemy law was not misused, in this case? We can't say that because the law wasn't even "invoked". No case was registered, no hearing in a court took place. This was an incident on the street by a group of people. It had nothing to do with misuse of any law. Misuse of blasphemy law would be, for example, if a false case is registered against someone in a police station, a court hears the case and passes a verdict against the accused.

Emad Apr 19, 2017 07:40am

The issue is not whether blasphemy was committed. The real issue is that individuals felt justified in being judge, jury and executioner. Anarchy is when people take the law - any law - into their own hands. The blasphemy law just makes it easier to accuse and "convict" without evidence.

Asad Khan Apr 19, 2017 08:45am

It's too late my friend! You have let us down. We are waiting to see what you do next. Action , not just words.

Tahreem Noor Apr 19, 2017 06:16pm

Finally Imran khan decided to turn over a new leaf !!! But now its of no work !! Thanks for your press conference to make us know that you are working hard to give them utmost justice !!!

Illawarrior Apr 21, 2017 05:20am

@GhoUri What "obvious" reasons? Sorry, but they are not obvious - please elaborate.