Abbotabad (September 20, 2017): An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) will resume formal trial of 57 accused in Mashal lynching case today at Haripur Central Jail.
On Tuesday the court had indicted the 57 accused of murdering Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, on blasphemy charges.
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The Anti-terrorism Court Abbotabad Judge Fazal Subhan heard the case.
All the 57 accused arrested in the case were produced before the court yesterday. The judge indicted the accused.
The charges were read out to the accused, who pleaded non-guilty and opted to contest the charges.
Then the judge ordered prosecution to produce witnesses for recording statement today.
During Tuesday hearing the judges also rejected bail application of 17 accused.
Mashal Khan, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was brutally killed by a violent mob on April 13, which had accused him of blasphemy.
Police had registered cases under sections 148-422-302-324-143 against the arrested accused in Mahsal Khan case, including Sajid Ali, Wajid Malang, Asif Ali, Waleed Ayub, Syed Wajid Ali, Mujeeb Ullah, Sajjad Ali, Urfanullah, Nasrullah, Syed Abbas, Aziz Khan, Atif Munsif, Fazeelat Jan, Muhammad Asif Khan, Sahibzada Muhammad Sohaib, Anas Ali, Zeeshan Khan and others.Earlier, the case was shifted from Mardan to ATC Abbotabad on Mashal’s father Iqbal Khan request.
At that time, Iqbal Khan had also disclosed that families of accused were pressurising him and he was afraid a fair trial may not take place.On July 27, two members of Peshawar High Court (PHC) bench ordered to move the case to ATC Abbottabad and shifted the accused to Central Jail Haripur.