The hatred that led to the brutal killing of Mashal Khan a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, it seems hasn't died down even after his death.
A local resident in his native town of Swabi told Reuters that the local Imam refused to lead Khan's last rites on Friday. Even a technician who was asked to do so in the cleric's place was confronted by several people afterwards.
Khan was attacked and beaten to death by a mob on Thursday, a day after an alleged heated debate over religion with fellow students. Aziz ur Rehman, a caretaker at the hostel who witnessed Khan's debate with his fellow students, said he brought up arcane subjects such as whether the offspring of Adam and Eve would have married each other.
The mob which alleged that Khan had committed blasphemy broke opened his hostel room from where he was dragged out and beaten to death.
Khan's family who are still to come to terms with their loss rejected the blasphemy allegations. “First they killed my son and now they are adding salt to our wounds,” Khan's father Iqbal Shaer said.
In fact both the police and the government too have maintained that there was no evidence of any blasphemous act by Khan.
"The mobile phone record of the victim has been checked by the police but there was nothing against Islam," Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said.
Eight people have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder which was condemned both locally and internationally.