Mashal Khan murder case transferred to Haripur in-jail court

Pakistan Forward

PESHAWAR -- The hearing of the Mashal Khan murder case Thursday (July 27) was transferred from Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) within the Haripur jail, Dawn reported.

A two-member Peshawar High Court (PHC) bench, headed by Chief Justice Yahya Afridi, ordered the transfer after the victim's father, Iqbal Khan, Monday (July 24) requested the transfer of venue.

"Influential adversaries" might endanger the proceedings if they continue in Mardan, he warned. The ATC inside the Haripur jail has tighter security than does a civilian court.

Mashal Khan, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was beaten and shot to death by a mob in April after being accused of blasphemy. A team of investigators found no evidence of blasphemy.

Iqbal Khan is requesting government protection for his family, arguing that his daughters were unable to go to school after their brother's slaying.

About 57 defendants are on trial in connection with charges linked to Mashal Khan's death.

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