Probe finds no proof of blasphemy against Mashal

Published: 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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Reader Comments (12)

  • Kamran
    Apr 15, 2017 - 9:10PM

    one the main Issue with our nation is all are judges. ye kaisay log hain jis ko marna hota hay os k liay mazhab ka sahara lia jata hay. Allah in zaalimon say panah day sab ko. AameenRecommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Apr 16, 2017 - 12:57AM

    Overall Pakistani national attitude has become aggressive and intolerant. With passage of time this trend is on spiral. Neither state nor any other actor is worried about this Phenomenon. Every time when such incident occurs cosmetic statements and actions are initiated. Then prevails the silence until a new similar incident is repeated. What a nation we are!Recommend

  • khurram
    Apr 16, 2017 - 1:12AM

    i think mashal khan spoke openly againsy university admin so might be there is another angle
    to this murderRecommend

    Apr 16, 2017 - 4:53AM

    Can anyone comment what would be the reaction of all if Mashal Khan turned out to be Non Muslim? Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 16, 2017 - 6:33AM

    Say again ?Recommend

  • Aware Citizen
    Apr 16, 2017 - 11:15AM

    All criminals feudal leaders their workers,gangs,influential are armed.Normal people of Pakistan are unarmed.They are being killed,kidnapped and looted every day.Why Govt reluctant to recover all illegal weapons throughout the country. Govt must recover all illegal weapons throughout the country and without any discrimination.But this will never happen in Pakistan as all political parties do not want this. Govt too not interested in recovering weapons.Keep fear and rule the country this is going on since decades.Allow weapons to all or recover all weapons !Recommend

  • k
    Apr 16, 2017 - 4:00PM

    An Interesting question but answer is very predictableRecommend

  • Mithidada
    Apr 16, 2017 - 5:06PM

    Whatever a person’s religion, a mob does not have the right to kill him for any alleged offence. It is the state’s right, and only the state’s right, to judge him, to sentence him to such punishment as is legally appropriate, and then execute that punishment.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Apr 16, 2017 - 7:14PM

    The whole nation is suffering from pathology of one kind or other, some of us are addicted to silence while the others are infected with this epidemic of violence. When they went after other citizens for their ‘crime’ of their beliefs we were not concerned, they were killing Ahmedi and the Shias and Christian and so on and we kept silent and now that the cancer is metastasising and spreading to reach us, we are shocked and awed. No, this is not going to help, we must go for radical surgery and cut the rotten parts out to save us from ultimate destruction of the whole.Recommend

  • avtar
    Apr 17, 2017 - 6:12AM

    No respect for life in Pakistan, no law and order. Not surprised people/mobs have become judge, jury and prosecutor. The state encourages people to find the blasphemous people…..Recommend

  • Brighter
    Apr 18, 2017 - 9:39AM

    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.Recommend

  • Milind
    Apr 19, 2017 - 1:24PM

    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).Recommend

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