Published On: Thu, May 18th, 2017

SC hearing on Mashal Khan: CJP sees ‘campaign’ behind lynching of student

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday said there was a “campaign” behind the murder of Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old university student who was lynched by a mob on accusations of blasphemy last month.

“The news of the lynching did not even reach the police,” the chief justice said.

He was chairing a three-member bench of the apex court conducting a suo motu hearing of the incident that occurred on the premises of Abdul Wali Khan University in April.

Mashal was attacked by a vigilante mob, incited by rumours, for allegedly “publishing blasphemous content online”. The mass communication student was beaten and shot by the mob and succumbed to the injuries he received.

The Supreme Court had taken up suo motu notice of the harrowing incident and directed police to regularly provide details of the incident to it.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Nisar asked whether video footage of the incident, that showed the mob of university students kicking the lifeless body of the victim and beating it with wooden planks, had been obtained via CCTV footage or social media.

“We know what happened to the body of the victim,” he said.

Lawyer Khawaja Izhar told the apex bench that the video was enough to serve as evidence in the case.


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