Mardan incident epitome of violence in religion’s name, says Nisar

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar addressing a news conference in Islamabad on April 15, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar addressing a news conference in Islamabad on April 15, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

By News Desk

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that lynching of a student in Mardan crossed all limits of violence.

The student was lynched at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), Mardan in broad daylight on Thursday after being accused of blasphemy. The deceased was identified as Mashal Khan, a resident of Swabi and a student at AWKU’s Journalism and Mass Communication department.

“Mashal Khan’s lynching in Mardan reached the epitome of violence and brutality, that too in the name of Islam,” Nisar said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday.

He stressed that Islam does not even allow mild injustice with a non-Muslim, let alone such violence [inflicted to a fellow Muslim].

The minister hailed the initiative of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to call for judicial inquiry in the matter, saying he was looking towards the report of the probe.

Regarding Dawn leaks, the minister said a report will be available with the ministry within two to three days.

“The report regarding Dawn leaks will be available with the Ministry of interior within two to three days and will then be submitted to the prime minister,” he said.

On a question about jailed Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Nisar said spies are not provided with counsellor access, saying such an access should be reciprocal. “Many Pakistanis, jailed in India over petty issues, are not being granted consular access,” he stated.

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