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PM ‘deeply’ saddened over Mashal’s murder, says nation must be united against those destroying peace

ISLAMABAD: Expressing grief and sadness over the brutal murder of Mashal Khan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday afternoon issued a strongly-worded condemnation and termed the lynching an act of terror.

“The state will never tolerate those who take the law into their own hands,” the premier said, urging the nation to be united in condemning this crime.

Mashal Khan, a student from Swabi, was shot and beaten to death by a violent mob on April 13 in the premises of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan.

The 23-year-old was accused of blasphemy by fellow students.

Eight suspects sent to police custody

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Mardan on Saturday handed eight suspects into police custody over murder charges.

According to details, eight of the arrested suspects in the murder case of Mashal Khan will be produced in the court today.

Earlier, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pervez Khattak signed a summary asking Peshawar High Court (PHC) to form a judicial commission to investigate the lynching of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan.

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.