After Mashal’s lynching: AWKU’s Mardan campus reopens after 42 days

Police arrests two students with pistols and 24 others for carrying narcotics

Hidayat Hoti May 26, 2017
A policeman gestures as he stands guard at the entry of Abdul Wali Khan University where Mashal Khan, accused of blasphemy, was killed by a mob, in Mardan on April 14, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

MARDAN: The Abdul Wali Khan University’s Mardan campus reopened on Thursday, 42 days after the murder of Mashal Khan who was lynched to death for allegedly committing blasphemy.

All campuses of the university were shut down by the administration after the murder of Mashal Khan on April 13 and it was decided that the campus of the university concerned would open one by one.

In the first phase, the Buner, Chitral, Pabbi and Dir district campuses were opened while the main campus, where the killing happened, located in Garden area of Mardan was reopened on Thursday.

Mardan university student accused of blasphemy beaten to death on campus

According to a press release, District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed oversaw the security of the campus and allowed students only after verifying their ID cards. The police also arrested two students with pistols, while 24 others were arrested for carrying narcotics in the premises of the university.

However, no significant academic activity was carried out on the first day of the university.

Meanwhile, Mardan Muttahida Council demanded the police department to eliminate the anti-terrorism sections in the FIRs of those who were arrested in the lynching case,

In a press release issued on Thursday, they demanded the DPO to produce the accused with a charge sheet as soon as possible, adding that they should be put to trial under section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Probe finds no proof of blasphemy against Mashal

The council also condemned those who commemorated the Chehlum of Mashal Khan and also rejected the proposal of renaming the university after his name.

The meeting was presided by Maulana Qari Asad, Maulana Shujaul Mulk, Syed Akhter Advocate, Inayat Shah Bacha, Ikram Ullah Shahid, Zahir Shah and Maulana Amnat Shah.


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