MARDAN, 9 June: The relatives of students arrested on charges of involvement in the murder of Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, on charges of blasphemy, on Thursday staged protest against the joint investigation team (JIT) report on the murder.
The protesters said at a press conference at Mardan Press Club that 57 families are now connected with Mashal Khan murder case, therefore, the case should not be shifted outside Mardan. They said the provincial government should provide security to Mashal Khan’s father if he is facing any threat. They alleged that the JIT members illegally tortured the arrested students in the jail. They said the JIT did not conduct proper investigation; therefore, they reject its report.
Social activist Sahibzada Mohmand said the case is not being submitted in the court and challan is not presented in the Supreme Court according to law.
“Mashal Khan’s father is insisting on shifting of the case outside Mardan. Which kind of justice is this to shift the case on request on one person and make other 57 parties to the case to suffer? We also reject the JIT report,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abdul Wali Khan University Warden Ali Nawaz said while recording his statement in the court that Mashal Khan was reciting Kalma after being hit by a bullet to prove his innocence. He said three gunshots were heard when the enraged mob went to the room of Mashal Khan. He said when he rushed to Mashal Khan’s room, he was critically injured. He said Mashal Khan was insisting that he was a Muslim and he did not commit blasphemy. He said he was trying to bring an ambulance, but the enraged mob once again tortured Mashal Khan and killed him.