MARDAN: The verdict of the Mashal Khan case is about to be announced by an Anti-Terrorism Court. Before the verdict is finally revealed, here is a timeline of the case and the subsequent events that unfolded.
Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, was lynched by students of the university on April 17, 2017. Mashal Khan was murdered on charges of blasphemy, a claim his family vehemently denied.
Two days after the lynching occurred, on April 15, 2017, the chief justice of Pakistan took suo moto notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry into the incident.
A Joint Investigation Team was set up and its findings were revealed on June 4, 2017 that stated that Mashal’s murder was planned by the students of the university. Some of the employees of the university were also involved in his lynching.
Police also claimed that during the course of the investigation, no evidence was found that indicated that Mashal Khan or his friends had committed blasphemy.
58 suspects were arrested by police in relation to the lynching while three have been declared fugitives. The decision in the Mashal Khan case was reserved by Justice Subhan Khan at an Anti-Terrorism Court in Abbottabad on January 30, 2018.
Story first published: 7th February 2018