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Mashal's family vow to continue struggle for justice.

SWABI -- Iqbal Khan, father of Mashal Khan, has said that his family would continue struggle for getting justice because his son was killed in a brutal way which they would never forget.

Talking to Dawn here on Friday, he said that he wanted to file a writ petition against the acquittal of two persons in the lynching case.

Mashal was a student of Journalism Department in Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), Mardan. He was beaten to death on April 13, 2017, in a false case of blasphemy.

Iqbal Khan wants to challenge acquittal of two in his son's lynching case

Arif Khan, a tehsil councillor of the ruling party, and Asad Khan Katlang, an employee of AWKU, were given four times life imprisonment by the anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday while Sabir Mayar and Azharullah were acquitted.

'I will consult my lawyers to file a writ petition against acquittal of the two persons in Mashal case by ATC,' he remarked. 'Whatever the lawyers propose, we will follow that. Personally, I and Marshal's mother want to challenge the decision,' he added.

He, however, said that they were satisfied with the sentence awarded to Arif Khan and Asad Katlang. About the court verdict, Mr Iqbal said he had got justice and his stand got vindicated.

Mr Iqbal, a Pashto poet, said that their stand that Mashal was innocent was later proved when he was cleared by the 13-member joint investigation team and finally by the court. He said that he wanted to pursue the case to the point that no one in future was targeted in a false blasphemy case like his son. He castigated NGOs who made various pledges during initial days of his son's killing, but later failed to come forward and play their role due to unknown reasons.

SPORTS WEEK: The sports week of Gajju Khan Medical College, Swabi, concluded on Friday. National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser was the chief guest on the occasion who gave away trophies and certificates to the winning teams and outstanding players.

Meanwhile, Abdul Karim, adviser to the chief minister on industry, said that a 220-bed children and women hospital would be built in Topi tehsil.

Addressing a gathering here on Friday, he said that the PTI government would start work on this project soon. He said that the government had been giving top priority to providing adequate health facilities to the people.

KILLED: Two women were killed in separate incidents here on Friday.

Police said that a woman was killed and three other family members were injured when roof of their house collapsed in Sherin Banda. The roof of the mud house was weakened by the recent rains. In Tordher, a woman allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous pills after a domestic dispute.

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Date:Mar 23, 2019
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