Pakistan’s top court is investigating the murder of the journalism student from Abdul Wali Khan University in North-West Pakistan, for promoting ‘blasphemous’ content on social media. The student had not been formally charged under the laws and it is thought that the attacks followed rumours about the student’s social media postings that were circulating at the university.
Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution condemning the lynching, describing it as “cold blooded murder”. They went on to express their determination to “ensure that strong safeguards may be inserted into the blasphemy law to prevent its abuse through such atrocities in the future.”
Another student was injured in the incident which took place on the university premises, according to reports, a total of 45 people have been detained in connection with the mob attack which prompted officials to close the entire campus out of fears for security.
This isn’t the first time that the highly controversial laws have been condemned within Pakistan’s Parliament. However, all such calls have faced strong opposition, with one senior politician being assassinated for speaking out on the matter.
Source: Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement
- Pray for all those grieving the loss of the journalism student; may they look to the Lord to find strength and comfort. Pray for justice for the family.
- Pray for many Christians currently in prison changed with blasphemy. Ask the Lord to strengthen them and pray their cases will be heard with compassion and impartiality. Pray for their release.
- Pray for drastic changes to the blasphemy laws in Pakistan to guard against injustice.