Mardan lynching survivor rejects allegations, blames university administration

Source:  Samaa Published in Current Affairs on Monday, April 17, 2017

PESHAWAR: Abdullah, who was also assaulted by the same mob that had lynched Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan, stated that the deceased was also a devoted Muslim like him, in his written statement to the court on Monday.

Abdullah, a student of Abdul Wali Khan and friend of Mashal who was also assaulted by the mob before he was rescued by the police, claimed that Mashal Khan was a devoted Muslim like him.

Abdullah disclosed that when he went to the Journalism Department of the university on April 13, a particular group put forth accusations of blasphemy against him.

"I rejected their allegations against me and recited the 
kalima and also read it with translation," he said.

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Abdullah further claimed that pressure was exerted on him to give a false testimony against Mashal Khan. Upon refusing to do so, Abdullah claimed that he was locked inside the chairman's office.

"At this time, the mob broke open the door and entered the washroom," he said.

Abdullah claimed that he had never heard Mashal ever commit blasphemy. He revealed that the university administration was against Mashal as he had criticised them for mismanagement.

"Mashal had protested against students who had not been allowed to give exams owing to non-payment of fees. Exams had been postponed for two days as a result of his protest," stated Abdullah.