PESHAWAR: Absconder Sabir Mayar in the Mashal Khan murder case handed himself over to Mardan police on Monday.
Mayar was the president of the Pakhtun Students Federation at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan. He had gone underground in the university after the murder. “I am handing over myself to the police so that justice could be served,” Mardan police quoted Mayar as saying.
According to the police, Mayar had been labelled a proclaimed offender 11 months ago, and with this surrender, suspect and offender Asad Katlang remains the only one still at large.
“Mashal Khan was my close friend and worker,” Mayar told the police. “The university administration knowingly levelled allegations against me and involved me in the case. I had asked a TV channel to interview Mashal,” he further added.
The suspect also said, “We had set up camps against fee hike, corruption and appointment on to positions a week prior to the incident.”
Police investigation and actions are underway to arrest Katlang, the sought proclaimed offender in the case, according to Mardan’s force.
Last month, the Supreme Court (SC) disposed of the Mashal murder suo motu case after conviction of several accused by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC).
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar observed that as the trial has concluded and the accused persons have been convicted, there is no need to further proceed.
A senior law officer from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa told the bench that the provincial government has already filed an appeal against the acquittal of some accused persons.