Storiya Khan, sister of slain student Mashal Khan, completed her graduation from biomedical engineering with high honors from the University of Buffalo, New York.
Khan dedicated her achievement to her slain brother who was murdered in 2017 on false blasphemy accusations. Mashal Khan was studying at the Journalism Department of Abdul Wali Khan University when the incident happened on the premises of the university. A thorough investigation concluded blasphemy accusations as false.
Perpetrators received the death penalty in the case which was later turned into life imprisonment. Storiya Khan upheld education in the face of extreme pain and adversity.
Muhammad Iqbal, the father of Storiya Khan, expressed his joy over the completion of her degree. He said that Mashal Khan always supported the education of his sister. Education is given prime importance in their household. Despite pressures and adversities, Storiya Khan pursued her education. She applied for a scholarship at a foreign university.
Graduated from The State University of Newyork – "University at Buffalo" with a Degree in "Biomedical Engineering". I have also completed my "Student Engagement Ambassador's Internship" and "Peer Mentorship". I dedicate my degree to "Mashal Khan" the Martyr of Knowledge". pic.twitter.com/wenFWRVYSC
— Storiya Khan Mashal🔥 (@StoriyaM) May 23, 2023
Thank you to everyone for celebrating my graduation and sending me and my family the very best wishes. Thanks for encouraging me again. I am proud of you all for keeping the vision of @MashalKhanShaheed alive.
We did it 🙏#UBClassof2023#UBuffalo#UBSEAS #mashalkhanshaheed pic.twitter.com/aj4bFxKL8W
— Storiya Khan Mashal🔥 (@StoriyaM) May 24, 2023
Speaking about his accomplishments of Storiya Khan, Muhammad Iqbal stated, “After the murder of Mashal Khan, our lives went through many ups and downs. We not only lost our son but our entire life turned upside down. Our business suffered losses as well. However, we did not lose courage and kept moving forward. Today, after six years, we are happy because of Storiya Khan, and all our family members are delighted.”
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Talking about the character of Mashal Khan, Iqbal said, “Mashal Khan was a spiritual person since childhood. He used to recite the verses of Rahman Baba and also read the Holy Quran with translation. He was also fluent in five to six languages.”
Muhammad Iqbal is hopeful that the youth of Pakistan will focus on education and contribute positively to the progress of society and Pakistan. Storiya Khan is receiving felicitations and praise on social media. People are delighted to see her success.