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Mashal Khan lynching: absconding suspect Arif Khan arrested after 10 months

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    Mashal Khan lynching: absconding suspect Arif Khan arrested after 10 months
    Dawn.com | Ali AkbarUpdated March 08, 2018

    Arif Khan, a primary suspect who had been absconding in the Mashal Khan murder case, was arrested from Mardan on Thursday after nearly 10 months, police said.

    In a video that surfaced after the Mardan university student was lynched in April 2017, Arif was seen warning a crowd to keep the name of the person who shot Mashal secret. He had also declared that Mashal deserved to be killed over allegations of blasphemy that a joint investigation team later found to be false.

    "Whoever takes his [the shooter's] name will commit blasphemy. If you want to file an FIR, my name is Arif," he was heard saying in the video.

    Arif, a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) tehsil councillor, was arrested by a special operations team of police from Mardan's Ring Road Chamkar area, District Police Officer (DPO) Mian Saeed told DawnNewsTV. Sources said Arif had escaped to Turkey and was arrested once he returned home only recently.

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan used the opportunity to praise the "professional and depoliticised" Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police for arresting the suspect, who he acknowledged was a PTI councillor.

    "I want to commend the KP police for succeeding in arresting the main accused in the Mashal Khan murder case, Arif Rangi, a PTI councillor," he wrote on Twitter, claiming that the arrest shows his ruling PTI does not politically influence the provincial law enforcement.


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    I want to commend the KP police for succeeding in arresting the main accused in the Mashal Khan murder case, Arif Rangi, a PTI councillor. This is how a professional and depoliticised police force works, in contrast to the politicised police forces of Punjab and Sindh.

    4:57 AM - Mar 8, 2018

    Police had been looking for Arif since at least May last year. He was initially thought to have been arrested after police unveiled a list of 49 identified suspects and claimed to have captured 47 of them.

    However, police officials subsequently admitted that Arif was yet to be arrested, claiming that another man by the name of Arif Khan ─ an employee of Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) in Mardan ─ had been arrested instead.

    The suspect is currently being held and interrogated at Mardan police station.

    Mashal, a student of mass communication at Mardan's AWKU, was lynched by a mob of students, university staff and outsiders on April 13 last year after he was wrongly alleged to have committed blasphemy.

    An Abbottabad anti-terrorism court (ATC) last month sentenced the man who shot Mashal, Imran Ali, death sentence on two counts. Five other accused were given multiple terms of life imprisonment, and 25 were handed down jail sentences. Twenty-six other accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

    Later in February, the Peshawar High Court suspended the three-year jail terms handed down to 25 convicts and ordered their release on bail.
     
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    PTI councillor Arif arrested in Mashal Khan murder case
    March 08, 2018
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    By Ashraf Khaan
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    MARDAN: The prime accused in the lynching case of Mashal Khan, Mohammad Arif, has been arrested, police said on Thursday.

    Mardan District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed confirmed the reports of Arif’s arrest, saying the accused was arrested from near Chamtar on Ring Road.

    Arif was among the three accused of Mashal’s murder. He was serving as the tehsil councillor of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

    Mashal 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.

    Hailing the police action, PTI Chairman Imran Khan shared a message on Twitter:


    ATC sentence, appeal and acquittal of suspects
    The punishment for the rest of the accused who were arrested was announced by an anti-terrorism court in Haripur on February 7 this year.

    According to the 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.

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    Mashal murder case: Court orders immediate release of 25 accused
    The bail plea of 25 accused of Mashal's murder was approved by the Peshawar High Court


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

    Later, Mashal’s family challenged their acquittal as did the provincial government.

    In an appeal filed with the Peshawar High Court, Mashal’s brother Aimal Khan expressed reservations over the verdict, stating those who have been acquitted can be seen in the video of the incident when Mashal was tortured to death.

    On Feb 27, a PHC division bench ordered the release on bail of the 25 accused who had been awarded three to four-year sentences in the case.

    The 25 accused had pleaded that there was a provision in the law under which those sentenced to less than five years in jail could be released on bail while their appeal was being heard.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/185446-mashal-lynching-case-prime-accused-mohammad-arif-arrested-in-mardan

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    Mashal lynching suspect claims innocence in statement to police
    Tuesday Mar 20 2018


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    Sabir Mayar with security personnel. Photo: KP Police

    MARDAN: Sabir Mayar, one of the primary accused in the Mashal Khan lynching case, has reportedly told the police he was not present when the incident took place last year.

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

    Mayar, one of the two remaining absconders in the case, handed himself over to the police on Monday.

    According to sources, Mayar has told the police he was not present when Mashal was murdered. He explained that he had remained in hiding for fear from police after being named an accused in the case.

    Moreover, police produced Mayar before an anti-terrorism court today which approved his four-day physical remand.

    Mayar, president of the Pakhtun Student Federation, is said to be the one who hatched the plan for Mashal’s murder at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan.

    However, following Mashal’s murder, him and two others, had run away.

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    PTI councillor Arif arrested in Mashal Khan murder case

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    Mohammad Arif Khan, a tehsil councillor 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 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.

    Later, 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.

    The 25 accused had pleaded that there was a provision in the law under which those sentenced to less than five years in jail could be released on bail while their appeal was being heard.