PTI councillor Arif arrested in Mashal Khan murder case
MARDAN: The top accused within the lynching case of Mashal Khan, Mohammad Arif, has been arrested, police stated on Thursday.
Mardan District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed showed the reviews of Arif’s arrest, pronouncing the accused was once arrested from close to Chamtar on Ring Highway.
Arif was once some of the 3 accused of Mashal’s homicide. He was once serving because the tehsil councillor of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Mashal was once brutally crushed and shot lifeless on the Abdul Wali Khan College Mardan over allegations of blasphemy in April 2017. The allegations have been later proved to be false by way of a joint investigation group.
Hailing the police motion, PTI Chairman Imran Khan shared a message on Twitter:
ATC sentence, attraction and acquittal of suspects
The punishment for the remainder of the accused who have been arrested was once introduced by way of an anti-terrorism court docket in Haripur on February 7 this yr.
In line with the decision, one particular person was once awarded dying sentence, 5 lifestyles imprisonment, 25 have been jailed for 4 years each and every, whilst 26 have been acquitted over loss of proof.
The 26 suspects launched by way of the court docket gained a ‘hero’s welcome’ of their local cities of Swabi and Mardan after their free up.
Later, Mashal’s circle of relatives challenged their acquittal as did the provincial executive.
In an attraction filed with the Peshawar Top Court docket, Mashal’s brother Aimal Khan expressed reservations over the decision, mentioning those that had been acquitted may also be noticed within the video of the incident when Mashal was once tortured to dying.
On Feb 27, a PHC department bench ordered the discharge on bail of the 25 accused who were awarded 3 to four-year sentences within the case.
The 25 accused had pleaded that there was once a provision within the regulation below which the ones sentenced to not up to 5 years in prison might be launched on bail whilst their attraction was once being heard.
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