Verdict in Mashal Khan murder case to be announced today

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ABBOTTABAD: The Mashal Khan murder case verdict will be announced today (Wednesday) by a Haripur Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC)  as the fate of the 57 suspects allegedly involved in his murder hangs in the balance. 

According to details, stringent security measures have been taken to deal with any untoward situation at Haripur Jail. Media personnel have been stopped from covering the jail from inside.

The decision pertaining to the Mashal Khan murder case had been reserved by the Anti-Terrorism Court on January 30, 2018.

The decision announced will be pertaining to the 57 suspects arrested in the Mashal Khan murder case. Statements from 51 witnesses have been recorded already.

Three suspects have been declared fugitive in the Mashal Khan murder case as police were not able to arrest them.

Mashal Khan was a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan who was killed by an angry mob in the premises of the university on 13 April 2017, over fake allegations of posting blasphemous content online.

A report compiled by a 13-member joint investigation team (JIT) investigating the lynching stated that a group in the university incited a mob against the Mardan university student on pretext of blasphemy. It added that no proof was found that Khan had committed blasphemy.

Mashal Khan’s murder incited fury and anger on social media as pictures and videos of his dead body started doing the rounds on social media.

Political personalities including PTI chief Imran Khan have condemned the murder of Mashal Khan and demanded justice for his murder.

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Story first published: 7th February 2018

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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