PESHAWAR – Abdul Wali Khan Universtiy was closed for an unidentified period after a student of Media Studies was shot to death on charges of sharing ‘blasphemous’ content on social media, witnesses and police say.
Another was left wounded during the same scuffle. The university has been closed down for an indefinite period after the violence. The hostels have also been vacated.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Mardan Alam Shinwari said the student was accused of running Facebook pages which allegedly published blasphemous content.
He was assaulted by a group of students and appears to have succumbed to a gunshot wound, the DIG said.
An eyewitness at the scene of the incident said that Mashal and Abdullah, two Mass Communication students, were believed to be promoting the Ahmadi faith on Facebook.
A mob of university students surrounded Abdullah in his hostel room. He was forced to recite verses from the Holy Quran. Despite this, the students beat him.
The police, when alerted, reached the site of the attack and rescued Abdullah, after which the mob set its sights on Mashal who was in the hostel at the time, the eyewitness said.
Mashal was beaten and shot by the mob, and succumbed to his injuries.
According to the police, at least 15 people have been arrested in connection with the incident, and the campus has been shut down until further notice.