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Pakistan mob kills university student over alleged blasphemy

Pakistan mob kills university student over alleged blasphemy

Police in Pakistan say a mob has killed a university student over alleged blasphemy.

Two days after a Pakistani journalism student was lynched to death on a university campus for posting supposedly blasphemous content on social media, court officials said Saturday that eight fellow students were charged with murder and terrorism.

There have been other cases where people accused of it have been killed by an angry crowd.

An eyewitness at the scene of the incident said the murdered student and a friend of his were attacked because they were believed to be "promoting the Ahmadi faith on Facebook", Dawn said.

At least 15 people were arrested in connection with the incident, which occurred within the university premises.

Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousaf said blasphemy can not be condoned but no one will be allowed to take the law into their hands.

Two other students were also wounded in the violent attack after being accused of committing blasphemy against Islam. He vehemently opposed the idea of self-imposed vigilantes and directed action against those found involved in the incident, ordering police to arrest all those who were responsible.

When Mishal became unconscious after beating by group of students then he was shot by attackers and murdered at spot in front of hundreds of students.

Human rights activists held small protests in several Pakistani cities on Saturday condemning the murder, and the United Nations in Pakistan urged authorities "to take firm action and bring the perpetrators to speedy justice". "Unless all those who played any part in Mashal's brutal murder are brought to justice, such barbarity will only spread", it said. The officers said they could not stop the lynching because the mob outnumbered them by a large margin. The mob wanted to burn the lifeless body but were intervened by police.

"So my message to everyone is, please know your religion, culture, values which have always taught us to be patient and preach peace".

Khan was a resident of Swabi village and was studying Journalism and Mass Communication at the University.