Mashal’s brother seeks PHC to over turn acquittal of 26 accused in Mashal Khan murder case

PESHAWAR: Mashal Khan’s brother Aimal Khan submitted a petition to Peshawar High Court seeking the court to over turn the verdict of Anti -Terrorism Court for acquitting 26 other ex suspects from the Mashal Khan’s murder case.

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On February 7 ATC in Haripur awarded death sentence to one, life-imprisonment to five, four-year imprisonment to 25 and acquitted the remaining 26 accused for lack of evidence.

However, the Khyber Pakhtun Khuwah Police also appealed against the acquital last week.

The petitioner stated that other 26 ex accused acquitted from Mashal Khan murder case could be seen in the video where Mashal was tortured o death, hence the court must re-hear the case.

Mashal was brutally beaten and shot dead at the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan over allegations of blasphemy in April 2017, after which a 13-member joint investigation team (JIT) was formed to probe the case.

The JIT revealed in its report in June 2017 that members of the Pakhtoon Students Federation, the student wing of the Awami National Party, incited the mob to kill Mashal on the pretext of blasphemy.

The report stated the murder was premeditated as the group was threatened by Mashal’s activities because he would raise his voice against corruption at his university.

The 26 accused released by the court last week received a ‘hero’s welcome’ in their native town of Swabi and Mardan.

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