An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday conducted third hearing in the murder case of Mashal Khan. The case is being heard by Justice Fazal Subhan of ATC was hearing the case in the premises of Central Jail Haripur. During the hearing, the five witnesses were produced by the prosecution and were cross-examined from them. The hearing was adjourned till today (Thursday).
Mashal, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was brutally lynched to death by a violent mob on April 13, which had accused him of blasphemy. The ATC had on September 19 indicted 57 suspects in the case and had rejected the bail applications of 17 accused in the case.
Earlier, when the hearing of Mashal Khan case was started in Mardan, the petitioner Iqbal Khan and provincial government had requested the court to move the case from Mardan for fear of law and order situation. 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.—INP