ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has taken suo moto discover on the homicide of Mashal Khan by fellow college students over allegations of blasphemy.
Justice Nisar has directed Inspector Normal police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Salahuddin Mehsud to current a report on the incident throughout the subsequent 36 hours.
Mashal Khan, a Journalism and Mass Communications scholar, was stripped, overwhelmed, shot, and thrown from the second flooring of his hostel on the Abdul Wali Khan college on Thursday by a big mob.
Eight college college students in Mardan accused within the killing have been charged with homicide and terrorism on Saturday, court docket officers mentioned.
Police have registered two separate circumstances in opposition to 20 suspects below clauses 427, 297, 302 and 148 of the Pakistan Penal Code and part 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
The suspects have been recognized from video footage of the ugly incident.
Up to now a complete of 12 individuals have been arrested over the incident and police are trying to find extra suspects.
“Eight college students have been introduced earlier than an anti-terrorism court docket in Mardan over homicide and difficult the writ of the state,” public prosecutor Rafiullah Khan mentioned.
The court docket granted police a four-day bodily remand of the despatched the eight arrested college students.
4 others have been arrested Saturday, Khan mentioned.
Graphic video footage from the crime scene confirmed dozens of males exterior the hostel kicking and hurling projectiles at a physique sprawled on the bottom.
Mushtaq Ghani, Data Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, mentioned the federal government had additionally requested the Peshawar Excessive Courtroom to conduct a judicial probe into the incident.
Blasphemy is a vastly delicate cost in Pakistan, the place even unproven blasphemy allegations may cause mob lynching and violence.
At the very least 65 individuals have been murdered over blasphemy allegations since 1990.
The unbiased Human Rights Fee of Pakistan (HRCP) has urged that each one these concerned within the homicide of Mashal Khan be dropped at justice.
“The state’s abject failure to guard Mashal Khan’s proper to life has created nice panic and horror amongst college students and academia. Until all those that performed any half in Mashal’s brutal homicide are dropped at justice, such barbarity will solely unfold,” it mentioned.
At his funeral on Friday, Khan’s father mentioned he hoped his son’s homicide would “evoke realisation amongst people who killing an harmless is a sin”.
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