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Here are 10 facts about the Mashal Khan that you should know

NEWS DESK: Mashal Khan, a journalism student at the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was brutally killed on April 13, 2017. A violent mob attacked him on the pretext of committing blasphemy. First, bullets were pumped into him and then his lifeless body was thrashed. No proof of blasphemy was found against the slain…

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Year-ender: Social media and hate campaigns across 2017

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Nearly half of the total Pakistani population has access to internet. According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), there are 47 million 3G/4G subscribers, 50 million broadband subscribers and 3 million fixed local line subscribers registered with the authority. Taking a glance at the year that has passed, it seems like two-thirds…

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No evidence against 5 bloggers accused of blasphemy: FIA

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday that no evidence was found against the five bloggers accused in cases pertaining to publishing of blasphemous content online. During the hearing, FIA officials admitted before the court that no evidence was found against the five bloggers who were booked in…

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Mashal Khan case takes a shocking turn as eyewitness records statement

MARDAN: The Mashal Khan murder case took a shocking turn on Thursday when Abdullah, the eyewitness in the lynching case, pardoned the suspects. Abdullah had been severely injured by the suspects who had killed Mashal Khan. He is an eyewitness in the Mashal Khan lynching case and was a friend of the deceased student. Abdullah…

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Islamabad dharna: Police take into custody 7 more persons

ISLAMABAD: Police on Monday took into custody seven persons in an attempt to stop them from partaking in the Islamabad sit-in protest being carried out by religious parties. Carrying out orders given by senior police officers, the federal police took into custody seven more persons who wanted to join the dharna protest being carried out…

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Three Ahmadis sentenced to death over blasphemy charges

SHEIKHUPURA: Three men belonging to the Ahmadi community were sentenced to death by a district and sessions court on Wednesday over charges of committing blasphemy. The court also fined them Rs200,000 each. In case they are unable to pay the fine, they would have to undergo an additional six months of rigorous punishment. In his…

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Blasphemous content: IHC summons Secretary Interior in-person

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court summoned Secretary Interior in-person in a plea challenging blasphemous contents allegedly shared by some individuals on Youtube and Facebook accounts, on October 3. Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the respondents to submit reply of the petition till next date of hearing in a plea moved by a citizen Shoaib Safdar….

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Christian man sentenced to die over blasphemous WhatsApp text

A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after he sent a Muslim friend a poem on WhatsApp that insulted Islam, a lawyer said Friday. Nadeem James was charged in July last year after his Muslim friend Yasir Bashir complained to police that he received a poem on the messaging app that was derogatory…

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Pakistan recommends Facebook to link account with mobile numbers

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recommended the Facebook management to link opening of a new account with mobile phone number to address the problem of fake accounts. The social media network has designated a focal person to coordinate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for a prompt action against any reported material. “Facebook reiterated their commitment toward…

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Facebook VP assures Nisar of complete cooperation in removal of blasphemous content

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met with Facebook’s Vice President Joel Kaplan on Friday to discuss removal of blasphemous content on the social networking site. According to details, Joel Kaplan assured the Interior Minister during their meeting that Facebook was doing its best to remove blasphemous content. He offered his full cooperation…

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Mashal Khan’s father opens up about threats to family

Mohammad Iqbal, father of the lynched Mardan university student Mashal Khan, said on Monday that without financial support of the government and provision of security, his two daughters won’t be able to continue with their education. He said Mashal’s two younger sisters, Storia Iqbal and Saba Iqbal, were not in a position to attend educational…

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First death sentence handed to man for blasphemy on social media

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday sentenced a man to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said. ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the sentence for the 30-year-old accused in Bahawalpur, according to Shafiq Qureshi. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had arrested the accused, who belongs to the Shia…

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Mashal Khan was murdered according to plan, reveals investigation

ISLAMABAD: Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – probing the lynching of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan – has stated that the victim was murdered according to a plan, Samaa reported. JIT in its report has stated that a political group was under threat from the activities of the victim. “The student used to speak…

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Mardan University reopens under tight security

MARDAN: Several campuses of Abdul Wali Khan University reopened under tight security on Monday, Samaa reported. It should be noted that Abdul Wali Khan University was closed for over a month following the lynching of student Mashal Khan on accusations of blasphemy According to the university’s administration, the campuses in Temar Gara, Chitral and Buner…

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Millions of Pakistanis receive blasphemy warning texts

Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving text messages from the government warning them against sharing “blasphemous” content online, a move rights activists said would encourage more vigilante attacks. It comes amid a surge in mob violence linked to accusations of insulting Islam including three attacks within the past month. “Uploading & sharing of blasphemous content…

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PTA receives 3000 complaints of blasphemous content on social media

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) says it has received more than 3000 complaints regarding blasphemous contents on social media sites. An official of the Authority told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication most of the websites have been blocked while the web pages of social media, such as Facebook, Youtube and…

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Boy killed after mob attacks police station in Hub

HUB: An angry mob gathered outside a police station located in the city on Thursday and demanded that a Hindu man accused of blasphemy be handed over to them so that they could administer justice to him.  According to details, the mob assembled outside a police station during the day and demanded that a suspect accused…

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Chitral: Imam saves man accused of blasphemy from enraged mob

CHITRAL: A man accused of blasphemy was beaten up inside a mosque by a charged-up mob after Friday prayers before the imam saved his life and handed him over to the police.  According to reports, a man allegedly made ‘blasphemous remarks’ inside a mosque after Friday prayers. This enraged the people gathered for prayer who started beating him…

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False accuser of blasphemy should be punished like a blasphemer: Senate Standing Committee

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Interior suggested on Tuesday that the one who makes false accusation of blasphemy should be handed the same punishment as that of a blasphemer. The Senate Standing Committee on Interior held a meeting today which was presided by Rehman Malik. During the meeting, RPO Mardan informed the committee that…

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Imran says he’ll do his best to have university renamed after Mashal Khan

SWABI: PTI chief Imran Khan met the family of Mashal Khan on Tuesday and stated that he would ‘make every effort possible’ to honour the request of the deceased’s relatives to name the university after him. In a couple of tweets, the PTI chairman disclosed the two requests from Mashal Khan’s family which he stated…

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152 ‘blasphemous’ Facebook pages blocked, NA told

ISLAMABAD: Some 152 Facebook pages have been blocked during action against social media sites having blasphemous contents. It was stated in a written reply by Minister for Interior to a question raised during 4th sitting of 41st session of National Assembly. The Lower House was informed that matter has been taken up with relevant US…

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