Mardan police on Thursday arrested another suspect in the April 2017 murder of Mashal Khan, bringing the total number of arrests tied to the horrific lynching of the Mardan university student to 58.
District Police Officer (DPO) Dr Mian Saeed said Izharullah, alias John, a proclaimed offender in the case, was arrested in the jurisdiction of the Saddar police station during a raid.
A Kalashnikov, a Kalakove gun and a pistol were recovered from Izharullah’s possession, the DPO said. Another three proclaimed offenders in the case, including the main accused, are still at large.
Mashal, a 23-year-old student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was killed by a vigilante mob for allegedly publishing blasphemous content online.
A joint investigation team (JIT) formulated to probe the lynching found no proof that Khan had committed blasphemy.