Imam refuses to read last rites of student killed for “blasphemy”

Outrage and hatred continue after a Pakistani university journalism student was brutally beaten by an angry mob of fellow classmates Thursday.

The day before his death, Marshal Khan allegedly engaged in a heated debate with fellow students over whether the offspring of Adam and Eve would have married each other, which led to him being accused of blasphemy against Islam, according to India Times.

The following day, a mob of students busted into Khan’s hostel room, dragged him outside naked, and publically beat the man to death using sticks and broken glasses while shouting, “Allahu Akbar.”

On Friday, the Imam at the local mosque outright refused to read the last rites at Khan’s funeral.  The report states that a technician who was asked to read the rites in place of the cleric was later approached by several angry people after the ceremony.

Family members of the slain student vehemently deny any blasphemy allegations.

Khan’s father told reporters that the imam’s refusal to read the rites added insult to injury:  “First they killed my son and now they are adding salt to our wounds.”

[Khan] has since been buried, but his ransacked university hostel room still has posters of Karl Marx and Che Guevara still hanging on the walls, along with scribbled quotes including one that reads: “Be curious, crazy and mad.”

In the days following his death, both the police and government have come forward and confirmed that they have found no evidence to support blasphemous actions carried out by Khan.

“The mobile phone record of the victim has been checked by the police but there was nothing against Islam,” Khyber Pakhtun­khwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said.

Sadly, Khan’s death is the latest act of violence in a series of incidents involving accusations of blasphemy, which is considered a serious offense and penalties range from small fines to the death sentence.

Fellow classmates close to Khan described him as being intellectually curious who openly professed devotion to Islam but asked many questions.

Roughly 15 students have been arrested after the brutal attack at Abdul Wali Khan University in the northern city of Mardan.

H/T: India Times, Dawn

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