ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman on Monday informed the Senate that so far 22 persons have been arrested in their involvement in Mashal case in Wali Khan University , Mardan.
Winding up the discussion on killing of Mashal in Wali Khan University Mardan, the minister said that six university employees were also among these 22 arrested persons.
He said that according to a brief of IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, KP police have arrested 16 out of 20 involved persons besides six more out of 12 persons who were also later identified in the incident with total of 22 persons.
He said that FIR has been lodged under relevant sections after the incident and the police were working to arrest all people who were involved in the incident.
Baligh-ur-Rehman said that when local police received the information of the incident, it immediately rushed to the Journalism Department of the University, led by DSP Sheikh Maltoon Police Station and protected Abdullah from the assault of the mob while the police also recovered the dead body of Mashal who was already killed during violence.
He said that SP Operations Mardan and DPO Mardan also remained there after the incident and cleared the university from the mob activity by using tear gas and arresting students on April 13.
There is a need to promote the culture of peace and tolerance in the society for patiently understanding the view point of other schools of thought, he added.
Baligh-ur-Rehman said to promote tolerance there was also a need to include this aspect in the curriculum and the federal government was working on it to protect the society from intolerance. (APP)