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Fugitive in Mashal Khan lynching case surrenders to police

MARDAN: Police on Monday arrested an absconder in the Mashal Khan lynching case, ARY News reported.

Sabir Mayar, a fugitive in the case, surrendered himself to the police, according to Madran District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed.

He said the accused was one of the two fugitives who had been on the run following the murder of the student.

Earlier this month, Mohammad Arif, a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) tehsil councillor was arrested from Mardan.

Arif had escaped to Turkey to avoid being caught in the case after a video of him warning a crowd to keep the name of the person who fired shots at Mashal secret surfaced.

A special operations team arrested the accused from Mardan’s Ring Road Chamkar area after his return from Turkey.

Mashal, 23, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) in Mardan, was beaten and shot to death on April 13 last year by an unruly mob instigated by rumours that he had committed blasphemy by posting sacrilegious content online.

On February 07,  the ATC sentenced the prime suspect to death while five others to 25 years’ imprisonment in the case.

ATC Judge Fazal-i-Subhan Khan acquitted 26 suspects and awarded three years of jail term to 25 other accused in the case.

Convict Imran, who has been awarded capital punishment, was found guilty of firing shots at the victim student from his pistol, which led to his death.

He had also confessed to the crime before the court.

Nearly 50 prosecution witnesses testified against the suspects during the course of the hearing conducted inside Haripur Central Jail.

The prosecution charged 61 people in the case, while 57 of them were arrested and produced before the court for trial.

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