Justice Nisar says no one will be allowed to use judiciary for political motives
ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered provincial authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to explain why a judicial commission had to be formed to look into Mashal Khan’s murder, while ordering the concerned joint investigation team to continue working on the case.
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The top court began hearing the case on Tuesday after Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar took notice of Mashal’s brutal murder on April 15.
Hearing the case on Wednesday, Justice Nisar said Mashal’s murder was an unfortunate incident for Pakistan. He directed newly appointed Inspector General Police (IG) for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Salahuddin Mehsud to submit a report on the incident, while also seeking a response from K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.
The court asked the provincial chief minister to explain why the formation of a judicial commission was necessary in Mashal’s case, and the provincial IG was asked to provide a report on what prompted the vigilante group of alleged students to take such extreme steps so as to cause the death of their fellow student.
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The CJP said he wanted a transparent investigation into the matter and stressed that no one would be allowed to use the judiciary for political motives. He also suggested that the K-P IG involve army officials in the investigation, if required.
The CJP assured the K-P IG Mehsud that the entire judiciary and nation were behind him when it came to carrying out a fair and transparent investigation.
In clear reference to a video that went viral on Tuesday, showing a group of alleged witnesses taking an oath to conceal the name of Mashal’s shooter, the chief justice asked the JIT to carefully examine every piece of evidence present, including the ones being revealed on social media.
During the hearing, Justice Umar Ata Bandial observed that the intention behind Mashal’s killing was something else. “That should be unearthed,” said the bench.
Meanwhile, K-P IG Mehsud told the bench that their investigation was 80 per cent complete and a challan would be submitted once the investigation is over.
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The SC asked the police to submit reports on a weekly basis and later adjourned the hearing until April 27.
With lack of faith in the civilian courts to deliver justice, the aggrieved father of the brutally slain Mashal Khan wanted the killers of his son to be tried in military court.
“I respect the notice taken by the chief justice, premier and civil society for the justice for my son, but I believe it was an act of militancy and the killers should be tried in military court,” Muhammad Iqbal Khan told The Express Tribune in an exclusive interview on Sunday at his residence.
Opposing the idea of constituting a judicial commission to probe the killing of his son, he said we have seen the Supreme Court constitute several judicial commissions but none have delivered any results.
“If Mashal gets justice with the culprits being punished according to the law, Pakistan’s image will shine even brighter in the international community and we will be satisfied,” Iqbal said.