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PHC admits appeals in Mashal lynching case

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday admitted for hearing appeals challenging the verdict of an anti-terrorism court in Mashal Khan lynching case. A two-judge bench of the high court issued notices to all parties involved in the case on appeals filed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, Mashal's father and the convicts who were awarded jail terms by the trial court. The bench, comprising Justice Qalandar Ali Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim, directed the appellants whose conviction have temporarily been…

Mashal lynching: Court orders transfer of appeals to Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday ordered transfer of appeals challenging the anti-terrorism court’s verdict in Mashal Khan lynching case from its regional bench in Abbottabad to the principal seat in the provincial capital.  This order came on a petition filed by the provincial government seeking transfer of the appeals from Abbottabad to Peshawar for hearing at the high court’s principal seat. The provincial government and parties involved in the case had earlier filed appeals in PHC, challenging the…

Mashal Khan lynching: PTI councillor handed over to police for questioning

MARDAN: An anti-terrorism court on Friday handed over one of the key suspects in Mashal Khan lynching case to police on three-day physical remand for questioning. Mohammad Arif, a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) tehsil councillor was arrested a day earlier from Mardan. Police produced the suspect before the court to seek his physical remand for interrogation amid tight security. Reports say 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…

‘Death to blasphemers’ increasing as political rallying cry in Pakistan

SWABI: Three police officers stand daily guard at the tomb of Pakistani student Mashal Khan to prevent religious hardliners from fulfilling threats to blow up the grave of the 23-year-old beaten to death over rumors he blasphemed against Islam. His grieving family, now also under police protection, say they have little hope the shocking campus killing will prompt a re-examination of blasphemy laws that carry a death penalty, or action against the mob justice that often erupts in such cases. On Friday, there was more…

Verdict on 52 suspects’ bail petitions in Mashal Khan murder case on Oct 23

ABBOTTABAD: An anti-terrorism court has set Oct 23 for the announcement of its verdict on bail petitions of as many as 52 suspects in Mashal Khan lynching case, ARY News reported. Judge Fazal Subhan of ATC Abbottabad had reserved on Friday the judgment on the applications of 52 suspects seeking their release on bail after hearing arguments of their counsel and public prosecutor. He was to announce the verdict during the course of the day, but later deferred the pronouncement until Oct 23 owing to other pressing…

33 witnesses testify in Mashal Khan lynching case

HARIPUR: An anti-terrorism court in Haripur has recorded the statements of as many as 33 witnesses in Mashal Khan lynching case, ARY News reported. The ATC is conducting the trail in the case related to the lynching of journalism student Mashal Khan at Central Prison Haripur. Judge Fazal Subhan of ATC Abbottabad has recorded the testimonies of 33 prosecution witnesses in the case. He reserved the verdict on bail petitions of 25 suspects and set Oct 20 for the pronouncement of the verdict. Mashal, 23, a student at…

ATC indicts 57 suspects in Mashal Khan lynching case

ABBOTTABAD: An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted as many as 57 suspects in a case related to the lynching of journalism student Mashal Khan, ARY News reported. Justice Fazal Subhan of ATC Abbottabad read out charge-sheet against suspects at the Central Jail Haripur. They pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case. The judge directed the prosecution side to produce its witnesses for depositions tomorrow (Wednesday). He would conduct the murder trial on daily basis. Mashal, 23, a student at Abdul Wali…

Mashal’s lynching: Relatives of arrested suspects reject JIT report

MARDAN: The family members of the suspects arrested in Mashal Khan lynching incident have rejected the Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s report with one accord and alleged the relevant officers using tactics to delay a submission of charge sheet of the case in the court. In a press conference, the relatives of arrested suspects alleged that only one side of the picture has been reported while setting aside the other side ‘deliberately’ to make possible delay in submission of charge sheet of the case in the court. A…

Supreme Court hears Mashal Khan lynching case

ISLAMABAD: Additional Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, during suo moto hearing of Mashal Khan lynching case on Wednesday, informed the Supreme Court that 53 suspects of the crime have been arrested. The KP government lawyer referring the provincial police report, informed three judges bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, that 49 arrested accused have been in jail and four have been sent on remand while two others have escaped. He also informed the bench that the key suspect in the case,…