Today Is Mashal Khan's Birthday And Here's How Pakistanis Are Remembering Him

By Alveena Jadoon | 27 Mar, 2018

The entire country has come a long way since the lynching of Mashal Khan. It was an event which was able to open the eyes of many who refused the spread of radicalism in the country.


It has been proven that Mashal Khan was an innocent man who lost his life because of baseless allegations


We have since then seen the dialogue around the misuse of the blasphemy law. The single event was also able to steer the legal structure of the country in a direction which punishes those who falsely accuse others of blasphemy.


Today marks the 24th birthday of Mashal and these Pakistanis made sure to remember him on this day


The fight to get justice for Mashal is still going on


The likes of Khurram Zaki and Mashal Khan are paired together because of their fight against extremism


His parents remain firm in their resolve to rid this land of extremism and to fight the fight of their son. Here’s a video of them remembering him on his birthday


Many refer to him as Mashal Khan Shaheed


He exists in all of us, his cause is ours, and the fulfilment of his mission is our duty


Mashal Khan’s case will be remembered for a long time. For those of you, who do not know, he was the Herald Person of the Year 2018. At the same time, after constantly being pushed by his family, civil society and human rights activists; the culprits involved in his death were brought before the court.

One person was sentenced to death, 5 were sentenced to 25 years in jail, 25 would be jailed for 4 years, while 26 had been let go without a punishment.


However Mashal’s death is still unavenged

25 individuals who were convicted were released on bail, whereas, another 26 were acquitted altogether.


At the same time, the punishments suggested by the court for those falsely accusing someone of blasphemy is nothing compared to the damage those allegations cause

Six months in prison along with a RS1000 fine is peanuts. Lives are lost due to the misuse of this law. The lawmakers of the country need to realize that and frame policies accordingly.

Pakistan still has a long way to go. On this birthday of Mashal, let us pledge to further his cause and ensure justice in his case.


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