Eight Pakistanis involved in the mob lynching of a fellow university student over his liberal views were charged with murder and terrorism on Saturday, court officials said, as condemnation grew.
Mashal Khan, a journalism student, was stripped, beaten, shot, and thrown from the second floor of his hostel at the Abdul Wali Khan university in the conservative northwestern town of Mardan on Thursday by a large mob.
So far a total of 12 people have been arrested over the incident and police are hunting for more suspects.
“Eight students were presented before an anti-terrorism court in Mardan over murder and challenging the writ of the state,” public prosecutor Rafiullah Khan told AFP.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday that he was “shocked and saddened”, his first statement on Thursday’s killing.
“Let it be known to the perpetrators of this act that the state shall not tolerate citizens taking the law in their own hands,” Sharif said.
“The nation should stand united to condemn this crime and to promote tolerance and rule of law in society,” he added.
Mushtaq Ghani, Information Minister of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said the government had also requested Peshawar High Court to conduct a judicial probe into the incident.
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