- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2017

A mob of students at Pakistan’s Abdul Wali Khan University beat a fellow student to death on campus for allegedly committing blasphemy, police said Thursday.

According to video reviewed by Reuters, a group of about 10 students shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they stripped the man naked and beat him with planks “until his skull caved in.”

University and police officials in Mardan said the man was accused of sharing blasphemous content on social media.

Ten students have been arrested in connection with the killing of Mashal Khan, who was studying journalism at the Mardan campus, Reuters reported.

“After severe torture that led his death, the charged students then wanted to burn his body,” police chief Mohammad Alam Shinwari said.

The university has been closed indefinitely to prevent any future attacks, The Associated Press reported.

Blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death in Muslim-majority Pakistan — a law that often leads to mob violence.

The government recently issued a crackdown on blasphemous content online, saying anyone who posted such content would face “strict punishment under the law,” Reuters reported.


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