SC bars KP from forming JC to probe lynching

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Mashal murder case:

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday expressed its displeasure over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak initiating the process for formation of a judicial commission (JC) to probe the lynching of Mardan university student Mashal Khan last week.
Hearing a suo motu case into the student’s brutal murder at the hands of a mob, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar stopped the formation of the judicial commission, saying a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by Inspector General Police KP Salahuddin Khan Mehsud will continue to probe the incident instead.
“When a forum already exists for investigation, why did the chief minister Pervez Khattak announce this (formation of the judicial body)?” the chief justice asked.
He said the judiciary is already burdened with a number of cases. “We cannot burden it more.”
During the hearing, additional advocate general KP informed the court that an initial report of the incident has been submitted. He said two First Information Reports (FIR) of the case have been registered in which 28 suspects have been nominated. Out of these, 24 suspects have been arrested.
The KP police chief told the court that a JIT headed by a superintendent of police (SP) and comprising Intelligence Bureau and police officials has been formed to probe the incident.
IG Mehsud said 80 per cent of the investigation into the mob violence has been completed and a challan will soon be presented in the court.