An anti-terrorism courtroom (ATC) in Abbottabad reserved its judgement within the Mashal Khan homicide case after the listening to of the case was accomplished on Saturday. The decision might be introduced on February 7.
The ATC Decide Fazal-i-Subhan Khan heard the case within the closely guarded Haripur Central Jail and reserved the choice after defence legal professionals accomplished their arguments.
Mashal Khan, a 23-yr-previous scholar of journalism on the Abdul Wali Khan College was lynched to demise on April thirteen, 2017 by an indignant mob after allegations of blasphemy surfaced towards him. The brutal, videotaped homicide had shocked the nation, sparking a debate over the misuse of blasphemy legal guidelines in Pakistan.
The Peshawar Excessive Courtroom had transferred the case from Mardan to ATC Abbottabad, which heard the case within the Haripur jail, on a request of Mashal’s father, who sought the transfer fearing his “influential adversaries”.
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The ATC started hearing the case in September after indicting 57 arrested suspects together with college students and employees members of the college. It additionally rejected the bail software of the arrested males within the case.
Through the course of the listening to, almost 50 witnesses have been introduced earlier than the courtroom and had their statements recorded. The prosecution legal professionals through the trial introduced movies clips as alleged proof that the arrested suspects have been concerned in lynching Mashal to demise.
Mashal’s father Iqbal Khan, his buddies and academics additionally recorded their statements earlier than the ATC.
The courtroom accomplished the listening to of the case in 5 months and 10 days.
A joint investigation workforce (JIT) formulated to probe the lynching had found no proof that Mashal had committed blasphemy.
The JIT report had stated that Mashal was murdered in keeping with a plan allegedly hatched by Sabir Mayar, the president of the Pakhtun Scholar’s Federation (PSF) and Ajmal, the president of the workers at AWKU, the place Mashal was learning Mass Communication.
Mashal had been vocal concerning the rights of scholars on the college and even challenged the appointment of a brand new vice chancellor (VC) on the college to make sure that college students have been capable of acquire their levels, which isn’t potential with out the VC’s signature, the report had added.
Days earlier than he was lynched by the mob, Mashal in an interview to Khyber information channel had spoken towards actions on the college and the administration.
The investigation revealed that unlawful and legal actions endured within the college hostel and feminine college students have been additionally exploited within the college.
In line with the report, Mayar seen Mashal’s stance towards actions on campus to be a menace to the PSF.
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