7 more remanded in Mashal lynching case

Tariq Saeed


The Anti-Terrorism court Sunday remanded seven more suspects in the lynching case of Mashal Khan to the police thus taking the number of those undergoing interrogation to fifteen including a Tehsil councilor. Earlier on Saturday the court had granted physical remand of eight accused to Police. Mashal Khan a student of Journalism and Mass Communication department Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, was killed and around half a dozen others were wounded by hundreds of charged students in campus on Thursday under the charges of committing blasphemy. Mashaal Khan was beaten, stripped and shot to death, and his body was mutilated by a mob comprising his classmates, students and university’s employees thus sending a wave a shock and resentment all over the country as the heinous act attracted strong condemnation both from government and public and also prompting Supreme Court to take Suo-Motu action
The Anti-Terrorism Court Sunday remanded seven more people to the Police for one-day remand. They were arrested a day earlier. Eight other suspects arrested in the murder case have already been given into Police custody on a four-days remand by the Anti-Terrorism Court. They include a Tehsil Councilor and seven employees of the Mardan University.
The Peshawar High Court Chief Justice will form the committee for the judicial inquiry of the brutal lynching of Mashal as the Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has sent the summery for judicial inquiry to Chief Justice Peshawar High Court. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police IG held meeting with the CM Khattak and briefed him about the progress in the investigations. Pervez Khattak ordered the arrest of all the suspects and directed him to complete the investigation at the earliest.

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