Pervez Hoodbhoy - Why they lynched Mashal Khan and Pehlu Khan
Significantly, no protests of significance followed.University campuses were silent and meetings discussing the murder were disallowed. A demonstration at the Islamabad Press Club drew about 450, a miniscule figure against the estimated 200,000 who attended Mumtaz Qadri’s last rites. This suggests that much of the Pakistani public, whether tacitly or openly, endorses violent punishment of suspected blasphemers. Why? How did so many Pakistanis become bloodthirsty vigilantes? Evening TV talk shows - at least those I have either seen or participated in - circle around two basic explanations.