SC stops PHC from forming judicial commission over Mashal Khan murder

ATC sentences two suspects to life in prison in Mashal Khan case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday stayed Peshawar High Court (PHC) from establishing judicial commission over the lynching of Mashal Khan at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan in a suo motu case.
The three-member SC bench has begun hearing the suo moto case regarding the murder of Mashal Khan, the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) student who was lynched by a mob on Thursday over allegations of blasphemy.
During the hearing of the Mashal Khan murder case the three-member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said the apex court will not let anyone to do point-scoring on the issue. “Entire nation and judiciary stand behind you. Keep court abreast of the progress in investigations on weekly basis” chief justice said.
Chief Justice observed no one would be allowed political point-scoring on the issue.
“What is the need of judicial commission when there is a Joint Investigation Team (JIT),” remarked Justice Nisar.
Upon this Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa replied that Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak had announced judicial commission in the provincial assembly.
Furthermore, the apex court raised questions about the authenticity of JIT. “Why is there no official from intelligence agencies?” asked the court. The court also ordered to present TORs of the JIT.
The authorities were ordered to inform the bench about development in the case on a weekly basis. “We will not let anyone to do point scoring on this issue because it is not a small incident,” said Justice Nisar.
Justice Bandial maintained that the mastermind behind this conspiracy has to be arrested.
The court has been adjourned till April 27.
Earlier, KPK IG talked to media and called upon the public not to lend ear to the rumors being churned out on social media, vowing, “Justice will prevail in Mashal Khan case.” Social media rumors may have negative repercussions, he added.
The top cop said the investigations are well on the way and perpetrators will be brought to the dock of justice soon.

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