No Evidence That Mardan University Students Committed Blasphemy: IG KP

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Inspector General Police (IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Salahuddin Khan Mehsud on Monday said an initial investigation into Mashal’s lynching last week revealed there was nothing concrete to suggest that any of the three accused had committed blasphemy.

“There is nothing concrete to suggest that Mashal, Abdullah, or Zubair had committed blasphemy, according to the investigation,” Mehsud said.

The KP police chief said 59 suspects had been arrested in connection with the case, out of which six were university officials.

Police had registered a first investigation report (FIR) against 20 suspects, of which 16 have been arrested so far.

The IG stated that during the investigation 11 more suspects were identified, of which six have been arrested.

“This university has been problematic in the past, and our police officers frequently come and go on campus,” he said. “There is a disciplinary problem with the students at the university.”

The investigating officers did not find anything implicating the victims prior to the murder, but after the lynching, “lots of activity started to occur on social media,” the IG KP said, adding that the police had sought the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) help to investigate blasphemous content on social media.

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