Pakistan continues to remind the West that it remains a country struggling with Islamic extremists — encouraged by the country’s lack of separation between mosque and state. The latest victim of such extremism is a college student named Mashal Khan who was accused of merely sharing a message on social media deemed blasphemous. The response of these self-professed godly men in the northern city of Mardan was to beat the victim to death in the name of Islamic morality. What is even more distressing is that the culprits appear to be fellow students. They no doubt learned this particular lesson from the government itself (and our ally) which still makes blasphemy a capital offense.
A mob reportedly chanted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack on Khan as they stripped him naked and beat him with planks. They caved in his skull as other students watched and then celebrated their murderous act. They wanted to burn the body but apparently were stopped.
Ten students have been arrested.
Some 65 people have been murdered for blasphemy in Pakistan since 1990.