SC disposes of Mashal Khan murder suo motu case
February 27, 2018
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday disposed of suo motu case of murder of Mashal Khan, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU). A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing of the suo motu case. During the proceedings, the court observed that the trial court has concluded and the accused persons have been convicted, there is no need to further proceed the case. Earlier, a Pakistani court on February 7 convicted 31 people over the campus lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy, and sentenced one of them to death. One of the 31 accused had been sentenced to death, five were jailed for life and the other 25 were jailed for four years. Imran Ali, had been sentenced to death because he had shot Mashal three times. The court acquitted 26 others out of a total of 57 people indicted by a court late last year. The accused were students, teachers and some officials of Abdul Wali Khan University. They all pleaded not guilty in the trial conducted at a high-security prison due to threats to defence lawyers and government prosecutors, Chamkani said. Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old student of journalism at the Abdul Wali Khan University was lynched to death on April 13, 2017 by an angry mob after allegations of blasphemy surfaced against him. The brutal, videotaped murder had shocked the nation, sparking a debate over the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.