Mashal murder case: SC bars KP from forming judicial commission to probe lynching

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Mashal murder case: SC bars KP from forming judicial commission to probe lynching

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday expressed its displeasure over Khyber Pakhtun­khwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak initiating the process for formation of a judicial commission to probe the lynching of Mardan university student Mashal Khan last week.

Hearing a suo motu case into the student’s brutal murder at the hands of a mob, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar stopped the formation of the judicial commission, saying a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by Inspector General Police KP Salahuddin Khan Mehsud will continue to probe the incident.

“When a forum already exists for investigation, why did the chief minister [Pervez Khattak] announce this [formation of the judicial body]?” the chief justice asked.

He said the judiciary is already burned with the number of cases. “We cannot put more burden on the judiciary.”

During the hearing, additional advocate general KP informed the court that an initial report of the incident has been submitted to the court. He said two First Information Reports (FIR) of the case have been registered in which 28 suspects have been nominated. Out of these, 24 suspects have been arrested.

The KP police chief told the court that a JIT headed by a superintendent of police (SP) and comprising Intelligence Bureau and police officials has been formed to probe the incident.

IG Mehsud said 80 per cent of the investigation into the mob violence has been completed and a challan will soon be presented in the court.

Mashal’s murder a ‘tragic’ incident

The chief justice remarked that the judiciary had full confidence in the investigative institutions of the country but “this is not a usual incident”.

He said Mashal’s murder is “one of the tragic incidents of the country’s history which cannot be described in words”.

Justice Nisar asked IG Mehsud why representatives of the armed forces had not been included in the JIT formed to probe the incident and directed him to do the same._ Dawn

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