Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Saturday gave his go ahead to a judicial inquiry into the lynching of a student of the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, on Thursday.
KP government spokesman Mushtaq Ghani, while talking to DawnNews, said: “The chief minister has signed a summary from the Home and Tribal Affairs departments seeking a judicial probe into the incident,”
Ghani added that the summary will now be sent to the chief justice of Peshawar High Court for the the formation of a judicial committee.
“As soon as the chief justice forms the committee, it will start a probe,” he told DawnNews.
On Friday, during a session chaired by Deputy Speaker Dr Mahar Taj Roghani, the chief minister had responded to criticism by lawmakers who condemned Mashal Khan’s brutal death at the hands of a mob of students.
Khattak told the KP assembly that no evidence had been found to suggest Mashal had committed blasphemy.
“The mobile phone record of the victim has been checked by the police but there was nothing against Islam,” he said.
“Since the occurrence of the incident, I am in contact with the inspector general of police and so far no evidence has emerged to show that blasphemy was committed by the victim,” he had said, adding that such brutality would not be tolerated.
“The government has already decided to conduct a judicial inquiry into this heinous crime,” he said, adding that such an incident should not have occurred and the government was worried about it.