Absconding suspect in Mashal Khan murder case arrested after eight months

10:48 AM | 4 Jan, 2018
Absconding suspect in Mashal Khan murder case arrested after eight months
PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pukhtunkhwa police arrested one of the few remaining suspects in the Mashal Khan murder case on Thursday.

The suspect was wanted for eight months and a total of 58 suspects are in custody whereas three are still absconding, said District Police Officer Mardan after the arrest.

Mian Saeed said that the suspect Izhar alias Johnny was arrested from Saddar area of Mardan adding that the suspect was in possession of a Kalashnikov, a Kalakov and a pistol.

The suspect Izhar alias Johnny

Mashal, a journalism student of the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was lynched on April 13 by a violent mob on allegations of committing blasphemy, however, investigators found no proof of blasphemy and ruled that the murder was politically motivated.

At the last hearing of the case on December 14, Mashal's father Mohammad Iqbal recorded his statement in the anti-terrorism court inside Haripur Jail before judge Fazal Subhan.

On the occasion, KP prosecution team comprising Senior Public Prosecutor Shahab Khattak, Ayaz Khan Advocate, and Barrister Amir and lawyers of accused Masood Azhar Advocate, Fazal Haq Abbassi, Javed Tanooli and Riaz Yousufzai were also present.

The Mashal Khan case took an ugly turn last month when Abdullah, the eyewitness in the lynching case, pardoned the suspects.

Abdullah, a friend of Mashal had been severely injured by the suspects who had killed Mashal Khan.

He recorded his statement in which he forgave the suspects via a video link from Haripur Central Jail, however, legal experts believe that the statement will have no legal effect on the murder case.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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