Two more witnesses testify in Mashal Khan murder case


HARIPUR: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Abbottabad on Thursday recorded the statements of two more witnesses during the hearing of Mashal Khan murder case at the Haripur’s Camp Court Central Jail.

The court adjourned the hearing of the murder case till November 8, after recording the statements of two witnesses, SHO Saleem and Warden Ali Nawaz.

The prosecution lawyers abandoned three witnesses of Mashal Khan murder case, including Himmat Khan, Muhammad Abbass and Ali Muhammad.

A large number of lawyers, including advocate Masood Azhar, prosecutor, and father of Mashal Khan were also present.

During the previous hearing, the witnesses in the case were cross-examined at Central Prison Haripur.

Earlier on October 18, prime witness Sayab backtracked on his recorded statement that he had been present in the crowd at Abdul Wali Khan University during the lynching of Mashal Khan and that he had seen Imran Ali, the main suspect, open fire on him.

Mashal Khan’s father Iqbal Khan and counsel Fazal Khan said that the witness had been pressurised by the main suspect into backtracking on his statement.

Mashal Khan, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, was lynched by a violent mob on April 13, over accusations of “blasphemy”.