In a bizarre move, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan (AWKUM) has decided to probe three students for alleged “blasphemous activity”, a notification posted to their website said Friday.

Of the three students named in the notification, one was killed and another severely injured after being brutally assaulted by an enraged mob a day earlier.

“I [the assistant registrar] am directed to notify that … [an] Inquiry Committee has been constituted to probe into the matter of blasphemous activities carried [out] by [three] students of Department of Journalism,” the notification read.

“Further, the mentioned students are hereby rusticated and their entry into the premises of the University (all campuses) is banned until further orders,” it added.

When asked why the school administration had also rusticated the deceased student, Shah said: “it is a clerical error which is being revise