We ourselves are maligning country and Islam name: Malala Yousafzai

We ourselves are maligning country and Islam name: Malala Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD: Mashal Khan, the student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan was lynched to death by the student mob on charges of blasphemy. His cold blooded murder has been strongly condemned by all segments of society including the top religious scholars.

Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has strongly criticised the cold-blooded murder of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan, who was lynched by a mob over allegations of blasphemy on Thursday.

“This is an incident filled with terror and fear,” Yousafzai said in a video message.

Malala lamented that some Pakistanis have forgotten the message of peace given by Islam, saying: “This was not just the funeral of Mashal Khan, it was the funeral of the message of our religion Islam.”

She said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had never advised his followers to “be impatient and go around killing people”.

Malala said Pakistani people often complain about the presence of Islamophobia in the West and that other countries are “maligning our name”.

“No one is maligning the name of your country or religion… we ourselves are bringing a bad name to our country and religion,” she said.

Malala, who was anointed a UN Messenger of Peace last week, said it is the right of every Pakistani to live a safe and peaceful life.

She urged the state institutions and political parties to take a stand in order to bring justice to Mashal’s family.

The education activist also said she talked over telephone with Mashal’s grieving father, who gave a message of “peace and patience”.