A mob beat a Pakistani student to death at his university campus on Thursday after he was accused of sharing blasphemous content on social media, university and police officials said.
A group of about 10 students shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack on fellow student Mashal Khan, who was stripped naked and beaten with planks until his skull caved in as other students looked on, video obtained by Reuters showed.
Blasphemy is a highly sensitive topic in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where insulting the Prophet Mohammed is a capital crime that has dozens languishing on death row and where even an accusation can lead to violence.
In recent months, Pakistan’s government has been vocal about the issue, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issuing an order last month for removal of blasphemous content online and saying anyone who posted such content should face “strict punishment under the law”.
A mob beat a Pakistani university student to death over blasphemy on social media pic.twitter.com/iLPAppWe0A
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Apparently his “blasphemy” was defending the right of the minority Ahmadi sect which “orthodox” Muslims think is heretical. The Intercept has a good write up on the man. Apparently a couple of his professors warned him of the mob forming and tried to help him get out of the area but he thought he’d done nothing wrong. He had not counted on the difficulty of reasoning with an Islamic Rage Boy gathering out for vengeance.
Keep in mind that this mob was not an aberration. That is how Islam is practiced when not dressed up in deception. Mr. Khan was guilty of blasphemy because he defended the religious freedom of a minority sect. He was punished as Sharia dictates. These beliefs do not stay behind when Muslims immigrate to the United States. As many as 1 in 8 US Muslims believe that the correct punishment for blasphemy is death, that is what nearly happened in Garland, Texas.