Two students involved in Mashal Khan lynching arrested from Charsadda

Students were arrested after being identified in post-lynching video

Mureeb Mohmand April 19, 2017
Mashal Khan was lynched by a mob on April 13 after blasphemy allegations. PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK

SHABQADAR: The special investigation team probing last week’s brutal lynching of Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKU), arrested two more suspects on Tuesday night.

Sources within the police and locals told The Express Tribune that Tariq Khan, a student of AWKU’s mass communication department – same as Mashal – and Ishaq Khan another university student were arrested from Sardheri in Charsadda, which shares a border with Mardan.

According to local journalists, Tariq was affiliated with the Pakhtoon Students Federation (PSF), Awami National Party’s (ANP) student wing, and had worked as a journalist with them in Charsadda before joining AWKU.

Students searched cars exiting AWKU campus for Mashal's body

Ishaq was also affiliated with the PSF. However, Naveed Gigyani, the PSF president at Charsadda’s Bacha Khan University said Ishaq was not a PSF office bearer.

Both students were arrested after being identified in a post-lynching video which shows Arif Khan, PTI local councillor in Mardan, congratulating the crowd for killing Mashal and urging them to take an oath to conceal the name of the person who shot Mashal.

There were also reports that a lecturer at AWKUM’s mass communications department had also been detained from the area, but those could not be verified with police at the time this report was filed.

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Sara Ali | 4 years ago | Reply May Allah give the most horrendous punishment to everyone involved in the death of this young man. Ameen
ASK | 4 years ago | Reply Mashal Khan Justification should be by hanging the culprit so that no student will take law or abide by the law. Student President and roaming around University should be banned in all University. After University student should not standing in and around the University. Secondly, strict punishment should be given to those standing and roaming in and around the University. Students coming to University for studies or playing. Parents send their student to make career. Even the Professors and Administration should be given strict punishment in terms of violation or creating Politics in the University
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