Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Some unidentified armed assailants have on Tuesday stabbed to death a former Punjab University female professor in the provincial capital.
61 year old Ahmadi professor Tahira Parveen Malik was found killed in her house in the residential colony of the University of Punjab.
As per details, some unknown men entered in to the house of Professor Tahira, who was living alone in the university’s housing colony, and killed her with a sharp-edged knife.
Dr. Tahira Malik was PHD from University of California and she used to teach at Molecular Genetics department.
Authorities are investigating the murder and it's too early to ascertain the motive behind the killing, police said.
#MashalKhan Dear killers of #Mashal, why are you hiding? Head to the police station and embrace your ‘love’
By Sulman Ali
So where are all those ‘Ashiqan-e-Rasool’? Why are you guys hiding from police? Why don’t you just go present yourselves in front of the authorities? My question is simple: why ‘Ashiqan-e-Rasool' like you, who lynched Mashal Khan are in hiding or have to be arrested by police.
I thought you guys are ‘true lovers’ of Prophet (PBUH), the ‘true devotees’, the ‘true followers’. That is why you did it, right? Why else?
There were hundreds of ‘Ashiqan’, but currently around 15 are under custody of police. Why did you leave your fellow 'Ashiqan’ alone in this hard time? Go and be with them and accept the glory, or the arrested might steal your thunder.
I, and many others, 'lesser Ashiqan’ saw your devotion and extreme ‘love’ for Hurmat-e-Rasool when you guys were jumping on the dead body of Mashal, dragging it like a trophy of your ‘love’ as you showed the ishq in your hearts, or may I say in your hands, legs, feet, tongues, and the rest of the body.
I am kind of sad for you guys that you did not get chance to kill Allama Iqbal for his blasphemous Shikwa. Yes, I know he wrote Jawab-e-Shikwa but he wrote it after four years. There was a time gap and you could have easily lynched him, like you torched Mashal. I can feel your pain that Iqbal got time for his Jawab-e-Shikwa and even became a national poet. My condolences, guys.
I am also sorry that, you guys were not there, when an old lady used to throw garbage on our Prophet (PBUH), because you guys would have wanted to show your ‘love’ for the Prophet (PBUH), although he himself forgave her and even took care of her. But your ‘love’ was way purer, I guess.
My sympathies, because you were not there, when Prophet (PBUH) forgave Hazrat Hinda (RA), who got Prophet (PBUH)’s dearest uncle Hazrat Hamza (RA) killed and ate his liver, because, you guys would have killed her, or may be would have lynched her, way before the forgiveness. Sorry for your loss, guys.
I will once again urge you guys, to come out, show and express your ‘love’ once again.
Go to authorities; or even better, go to parents of Mashal Khan, and tell them, what a pious job you guys have done – because they clearly don’t understand it. They are still saying that they had sent Mashal to study, and that their son was a good Muslim. But you guys should tell them, no, he was not, he was blasphemer, and that you guys killed him out of true ‘love’ without any verification, proof, evidence. Although Mashal had been complaining about a fake account on Facebook, but let us just forget all these things, small things, convince the parents, they will understand.
So, come on guys, don’t hide, and show some ‘love’, because you guys are ‘Ashqaan’ and world should know that.
So I put it off, writing about him, but I could not stop thinking about him. I’d go back to his profile and stalk him like he was still alive, I’d read every article about him reminding me that he wasn’t. His father’s interview, his mother’s eyes, his sister’s fearlessness when remembering her brother on TV, it feels like everything that could be said or written about him has already been written about him and there still isn’t closure. There’s still anger, there’s still disappointment and there is still fear.
I don’t know what I am angriest at, the fact that Mashal was killed in the manner that he was by educated young men; the fact that these educated young men had joy on their faces while beating him to death, or the slogans of Takbeer chanted while murdering a boy, or the broken fingers his mother had to kiss, or the fact that upon hearing about the incident everybody’s first question was whether he did it?, or the #NotAllMuslims, #ThisIsNotIslam, “the Prophet (PBUH) teaches forgiveness and these men were not Muslims”, arguments all over the internet.
I don’t know what I am most fearful of, that a large number of people exist who can murder someone by beating them, or that an even larger number of people exist who think that this was right.
I do not know who I’m more disappointed in, the religiously charged boys who killed Mashal, the people who glorified the killers, those who asked for proof of blasphemy as if that would justify the murder, any murder, the police trying to recover Mashal’s ‘real’ Facebook profile before arresting the ‘real’ murderers, those who condemn it silently or those who condemn it for the wrong reasons?
I also do not know if mine is the place to be feeling all of this, I was, after all, not related to Mashal, by blood at least. I cannot share in his father’s loss, his mother’s helplessness, his sister’s pain but I can share in this country’s reality. I can share in the insecurity every citizen of this country with a voice has. I can share in the fear that Mashal wasn’t the first neither the last, next could be me or a friend, or a brother, I can share in the belief that the state will not protect us nor will give justice, because the state is handcuffed behind its back against the ground, I can share in the horror that mine or my brother’s fingers could be the broken ones my mother has to kiss one day. I can share in this reality of the country I call home.
So here I am ending on 500 words, a little more than my editor expected, a lot less than what Mashal deserves. Still at a loss of words, still unable to find closure.
So far the authorities have shown the right diligence and attitude towards the horrific lynching in Mardan; politicians have made the right statements, institutions like the Supreme Court are taking the right initiatives and the police seem to be pursuing multiple leads in the case. While it remains to be seen how motivated the authorities are to take these steps to their logical end, for the moment we must support the positive actions they take. On Sunday, law enforcement agencies opened a hate speech investigation involving the two clerics who tried to disrupt the funeral rites of Mashal Khan in his hometown of Swabi.
According to a senior Swabi police official, “the mosque loudspeaker for hate speech against the slain student and his family and .
created hurdles for the people and another cleric to participate in the funeral.
” Hate speech and anti-terrorism legislation clearly outlaws the use of loudspeakers to incite hate and violence, and there exist strong precedence for clerics being indicted and punished for committing this crime. In this case, there is ample evidence of the incident, multiple eyewitnesses and the political backing to try the perpetrators – this should be an open-shut case and nothing short of a successful conviction suffices in the circumstances.
The stakes in this case also make this a must-win case for law enforcement and prosecution teams. While the actual murderers and their abettors surely need to be put behind bars, also on trial is a culture that encourages violent vigilantism on mere suspicion of blasphemy, supports targeting family members of the victims and intimidates all opposition. While the shrine of Mumtaz Qadri, the “Lubaik Ya Rasool” movement, and other individuals – some in the government itself – seem beyond what the authorities are willing to tackle at the moment, these low level clerics who blindly propagate that toxic narrative need to be tried for their crimes and made an example off.
This is the least the government can do.
It is time that the authorities start looking at the bigger picture – instead of going after the individuals that commit these vigilante murders, the government needs to start targeting the organisations that propagate this narrative, who fund it, and who glorify murderers. We are reminded by the incident in Mardan that unless the organisations who openly challenge the writ of the state and encourage people to take the law into their own hand are taken down, the lynch mobs will keep rising up.
Mardan is a test case for the government; it must show that it is capable of delivering justice.