Mashal lynching case: Prime accused Sabir Mayar surrender to police

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Sabir Mayar, one of the absconder in the Mashal Khan lynching case surrendered himself over to police on Monday.

District Police Officer (DPO) Dr Mian Saeed told private news channel that the search for the arrest of third absconder in the case is under way.

Sabir Mayar, who was the president of Pakhtun Student Federation, of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan and he was blamed that he is the one who prepared the plan of murdering Mashal.

And after the Mashal’s murder, Mayar and two others had run away.

Mohammad Arif Khan, a tehsil councilor from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and one of the three absconders, was arrested earlier this month.

The punishment for the rest of the 57 accused who were arrested was announced by an anti-terrorism court in Haripur on February 7.

According to the ATC verdict, one person was awarded death sentence, five life imprisonment, 25 were jailed for four years each, while 26 were acquitted over lack of evidence.

The 26 suspects released by the court received a ‘hero’s welcome’ in their native towns of Swabi and Mardan after their release.

After the ATC verdict, Mashal’s family challenged their acquittal as did the provincial government.

On February 27, the Peshawar High Court ordered the release on bail of the 25 accused who had been awarded three to four-year sentences in the case.

Mashal Khan, a student of journalism was brutally beaten and shot dead at the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan over allegations of blasphemy in April 2017.

The allegations were later proved to be false by a joint investigation team.