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Mardan: Police arrest student who shot Mashal Khan


Police claim to have arrested student who had shot Mashal Khan. Deputy Inspector General Alam Khan Shinwari had confirmed on Thursday, April 27 that the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) student who shot on Mashal Khan has been arrested. Mashal Khan was barbarically lynched by a mob over alleged blasphemy accusations.

Blasphemy cases in Pakistan

DIG Alam Khan Shinwari while addressing a press conference stated: “According to witnesses, Mashal’s classmate Imran was the one who opened fire on him. He has now been arrested.” He revealed that the suspect was arrested after police got tip off today.Further briefing the media personnel he said that six people had confessed to their involvement in the murder. As already 41 suspects had already been arrested so far.

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On April 13, a vigilante mob lynched Mashal Khan inside the university premises. Mashal was accused of committing blasphemy, and so faced extra judicial punishment by his fellow students. Mashal and another student Abdullah, were attacked because there were rumors that they were “promoting the Ahmadi faith on Facebook.” After being informed about the commotion, police reached the scene and were able to rescue Abdullah from the mob.

Soon after the incident, a video footage emerged showing Mashal lying on the floor surrounded by men. He can be seen motionless and wounded, while men around him could be seen kicking his lifeless body and beating it with wooden planks.“The charged students then wanted to burn his body,” DIG Shinwari revealed.

After the incident, Pakistani Senators had called for punishments to those who level fabricated blasphemy accusations against others. At the same time they demanded strict action against those who take law into their hands, on the pretext of blasphemy. The lawmakers also stressed upon the need for efficacious steps to curb the rampant misuse of blasphemy law.