Men, women protest lynching, lay wreaths on Mashal’s grave

A large number of men and women on Sunday hit the dusty streets of Zaida town of Swabi on the ‘Soyam’ of Mashal Khan, a young graduate of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM), who was lynched by a mob on the campus last Thursday.

They chanted slogans such as “Begunah, Begunah (innocent)” “Mashal Khan Begunah” while passing through the narrow streets. Family members, residents, political workers and representatives of civil society groups participated in the march which was taken out from the hujra (guesthouse) of the deceased’s family. Students of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, also visited Mashal’s hometown.

Floral wreaths were placed on the grave of Mashal, who was a student of Journalism and Mass Communication Department. People thronged the hujra of the bereaved family, offered their condolences and expressed solidarity with them.

It was probably for the first time that a large number of women covering their faces with traditional shawls participated in a mourning procession in the area that turned into a public meeting at the Zaida Chowk.

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