Mardan lynching: Mashal’s father wants killers tried in army court

With lack of faith in the civilian courts to deliver justice, the aggrieved father of the brutally slain Mashal Khan wants the killers of his son to be tried in military court.

“I respect the notice taken by the chief justice, premier and civil society for the justice for my son, but I believe it was an act of militancy and the killers should be tried in military court,” Muhammad Iqbal Khan told The Express Tribune in an exclusive interview on Sunday at his residence.

Mashal, a student of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), was shot in the head and chest and then his body desecrated by a mob who falsely accused him of committing blasphemy.

The harrowing video of the sickening violence shot by mobile phone cameras showed Mashal’s disrobed body being dragged, first in a hallway and then on a road of the campus.

Opposing the idea of constituting a judicial commission to probe the killing of his son, he said we have seen the Supreme Court constitute several judicial commissions but none have delivered any results.

“If Mashal gets justice with the culprits being punished according to the law, Pakistan’s image will shine even brighter in the international community and we will be satisfied,” Iqbal said.

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