Mashal Khan murder case: Anti-Terrorism Court indicts 57 suspects

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An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has indicted 57 suspects in Mashal Khan murder case. After court hearing on Tuesday, September 19 the ATC judge also turned down bail pleas of 17 suspects. Mashal Khan was heinously lynched by a violent mob on April 13, earlier this year.

ATC in Abbottabad hears Mashal Khan murder case

The case was heard in Anti-Terrorism Court in Abbottabad, whilst Justice Fazal Subhan heard arguments from both sides and rejected the bail pleas of the accused. ATC judge also ordered to shift the case to Central Jail in Haripur.

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The case will be heard in Central Jail Haripur, on daily basis as the court anticipated backlash from the public since the case was based upon blasphemy allegations. Mashal Khan’s father Iqbal Khan was also present during the case hearing.

Police had registered Mashal Khan’s murder case and arrested many including Sajid Ali, Wajid Malang, Asif Ali, Waleed Ayub, Syed Wajid Ali, Mujeeb Ullah, Sajjad Ali, Urfanullah, Nasrullah, Syed Abbas, Aziz Khan, Atif Munsif, Fazeelat Jan, Muhammad Asif Khan, Sahibzada Muhammad Sohaib, Anas Ali, Zeeshan Khan.

Mashal Khan was lynched over alleged blasphemy accusations. 23-year-old Mashal Khan student of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan was killed by a furious mob of university students for allegedly “publishing blasphemous content online.” This incident occurred within the premises of university.

Two students of Mass Communication, Mashal and 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. Agitated students first surrounded Abdullah and made him recite verses from the Holy Quran. He denied the accusations of being an Ahmadi.

The police were successfully able to save Abdullah, the enraged mob by then had approached Mashal who was in the hostel at that time, an eye witness revealed. 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,” a police official confirmed.