Former member of PTI Chairman Advisory Committee and Central Tarbiyati Council Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi issued following statement on Mardan incident:
In many verses, Quran proposes that protecting human life is akin to protecting humanity. And the main emphasis of Quran is to fight and strive for justice. The mob in Mardan University violated this message of Islam by acting as judge, jury, and executioner of a person that they blamed committed blasphemy. I don’t know whether allegations of blasphemy is true or not because the authority to decide that rests with courts of the country rather than with a mob. The incident in Mardan is another reminder that authority of the state is weak and anyone can take law into their own hands if they have the confidence they can get away with it.
It is a reality that those that have abused blasphemy laws have gotten away without being punished for their crimes. The majority of Media, as usual, is busy sensationalizing the issue rather than inform the nation facts about abuse of blasphemy laws.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan and CM Pervez Khattak are busy issuing rhetoric rather than realizing that they have contributed towards the rise of fundamentalism in KP by funding madrassas that have promoted extremism and changing school curriculum to distort education of young children. As a member of PTI, I opposed both these acts publicly. If corrective actions are not taken incidents like Mardan will continue happening.
Politicians from all parties failed to show up for the funeral of Mashal Khan to send a clear message that they stand with the victim. But I guess this elite of the country still remember the fate of Salman Taseer and does not have the courage to stand up to injustice. Can these weak politicians transform this country into a progressive nation that is called a beacon of hope as a new Medina? I doubt it.