JIT raises questions on role of AWKU admin, police

PESHAWAR: Mashal Khan's murder was premeditated, the joint investigation team (JIT) - formed to investigate the murder of the 23-year-old university student over blasphemy accusations - has concluded in its findings.
The JIT, while raising questions about the role of the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) administration and the Mardan police, cleared the charges of blasphemy against Mashal, a student of journalism who was beaten up and then shot dead on the university's campus by a mob of students on April 13.
"From the investigations carried out as of yet, none of the charges of blasphemy levelled against Mashal, Abdullah and Zubair [Mashal's friends] have been proven to be true," the report read.
The 308-page report, which comprises eight pages of the 13-member JIT and 300 pages of the police record is loaded with confessions, stories of corruption and happenings that led to Mashal's murder.
In its conclusion, the investigation body said Ajmal Mayar, the president of the university employees' union, during interrogation had confessed that a month before the murder, Sabir Mayar, the head of Pakhtun Students Federation (PSF) and Asad Katlang, an employee of the university, came to his office and told him that they had to "get rid of Mashal" as he was a "threat to the party".
The JIT observed that both Sabir and Asad were at large since the incident took place and it was unclear as to tactics had been deployed to "get rid of Mashal".
Mashal's interview to the Khyber TV, a local Pashto channel, in which he had criticised the AWKU administration and the government for not appointing a vice chancellor has also been mentioned in the report.
Of the 60 people identified with the help of video clips and other information verified by the Federal Investigation Agency and the Pakistan Forensic Science Agency, 57 have been arrested while three are still at large.