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No proof that Mardan University students committed blasphemy, reveals KP IG

PESHAWAR: Inspector General Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Salahuddin Khan Mehsud has said that there was no concrete evidence which proves that Mardan University students committed blasphemy.

“Police found no proof against the students including Mashal Khan,” he said, adding that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been asked to help in the matter.

The IG said that Mashal Khan was killed before being given a chance to defend himself.

“59 suspects have been arrested, out of which six are university officials,” Salahuddin said, “police had registered a FIR against 20 suspects.”

Last week 23-year-old Mashal Khan was killed, and another seriously injured, by a vigilante mob for allegedly publishing blasphemous content online.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.