- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2017

A professor at Abdul Wali Khan University says a curious student who was killed by a mob after questioning Islam “didn’t understand the environment” on campus.

Mohammad Mashal Khan was dragged from his hostel in Mardan by at least 10 men and beaten to death Thursday. Police were accused of not doing enough to save the student and an imam at a local mosque refused to read the last rites.

“Whatever [the victim] had to say, he would say it openly, but he didn’t understand the environment he was living in,” the instructor, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear for his safety, told Reuters Friday.

Hostel caretaker Aziz ur Rehman said authorities “could have easily saved” the student but chose to stay away.

“I heard one officer say it’s good that they sent this non-believer to hell,” the caretaker added.

The student’s father, Iqbal Shaer, said accusations of blasphemy are absurd.

“First they killed my son and now they are adding salt to our wounds,” Mr. Shaer told Reuters.

The Pakistani government had not issued a statement on the killing as of Friday.

Mr. Khan’s body was buried after a technician volunteered to read the victim’s last rites, Reuters reported.


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