Probe finds no proof of blasphemy against Mashal

Investigation report to be presented in SC today, says K-P IG

Izhar Ullah/Riaz Ahmad April 15, 2017

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police chief has said that the investigation report of the Mashal Khan lynching case, which contains no proof of blasphemy, has been completed and will be submitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday (today).

While briefing the media about Thursday’s lynching at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) at the Central Police Office on Monday, IG Salahuddin Khan Mehsud said the police have arrested 22 accused, including some very important characters of the entire episode. Despite tall claims by the IG, nine culprits are still at large.

Mashal Khan, a student of Journalism and Mass Communication at the AWKU, was shot in the head and then his body was desecrated by a mob of fellow students.

“Around 20 people had been nominated in the FIR during initial investigation, out of which, 16 were arrested,” he said. “Later, 11 more were identified with the help of video footage of the lynching and six were arrested, while the rest are on the run.”

It started when a faculty meeting was convened on rumours that three students – Zubair, Mashal and Abdullah – had committed blasphemy. Only Abdullah attended the meeting.

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When the faculty students came to know about the committee’s meeting, they attacked the meeting prompting the members to hide Abdullah in the toilet. Abdullah was dragged out of the toilet and beaten when the police rescued him, the IG said.

“As soon as the meeting resumed, a gunshot was heard … Mashal had been killed,” the IG said. “The police again reached the spot, took the body into custody and arrested 59 people.”

An enraged mob chased the police vehicles when they were taking the body, he added.

“There is absolutely no proof confirming any sort of blasphemy against the three accused,” IG Mehsud said. “The blasphemous content on social media started appearing after Mashal’s death and we have requested the Federal Investigation Agency to help us with the forensic analysis of the Facebook account.”

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The joint investigation team, formed to investigate Mashal’s murder, is making good progress, he said and added that some of the accused, who were arrested right after the lynching, had blood all over their clothes.

“Abdullah has already recorded his statement before the court,” he added.

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Milind | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend Every Pakistani with liberal leanings would be relieved at the result of this probe.. Somehow it justifies their action. The most difficult part would have been to take a stand, had Mashal Khan committed blasphemy (intentionally or in ignorance).
Brighter | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend once again few people raise n spread bad image of homeland n religion, thanks to media n kpk police who work hard, involvment of uni admin reflect that incident was planned, unfortunately we did many effort to clean fata tribes n Afghans living inside but we still unable to understand Islam n follow it, such acts by Muslims brothers inside homeland shows we're like living 1400 years back. Who allow to bring weapon inside uni? Govt must quickly put restrictions on use of weapon freely specially in educational zones.
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