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SC Wraps Up Mashal Khan Murder Suo Moto Case

Islamabad (February 27, 2018): The Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Tuesday wrapped up the suo moto notice taken in Mashal Khan murder case after the apex court was informed that the accused were convicted in the case.

A three-member bench headed by the chief justice of Pakistan was conducting a hearing into Mashal Khan murder suo moto case. At the hearing, Additional Advocate General KPK informed the court that the accused in Mashal Khan case are being convicted and an appeal was also filed over the acquittal of some of the co-accused from the lower court by the provincial government.The CJP remarked that since the accused were convicted therefore the case would no longer be heard and wrapped up its hearings. The anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the Mashal Khan lynching case sentenced one accused to death and five others life imprisonment, jail officials informed.

ATC Judge Fazal-e-Subhan sentenced five accused to 25 years in jail, while 26 others were released.

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High-level security arrangements were made at the court, situated inside Haripur jail, with the deployment of 250 police personnel and army troops around the prison and sealing off of routes leading to it.

Mashal, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, was killed on April 13, 2017 by a violent mob on the pretext of committing blasphemy. However, investigators found no proof of blasphemy and ruled that the murder was politically motivated.

61 people were nominated in the brutal lynching of the student out of which 58 were arrested including Imran, a suspect who admitted to firing shots at the slain.

Three suspects including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Tehseel Councilor Arif, Sabir Mayar, a leader of a student organization and Assad Zia, an employee of the university still remain at large.

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