An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday (March 21) handed life imprisonment to two accused, Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) councillor Arif Khan and Asad, and acquitted two others Two others namely Sabir and Izhar, in Mashal Khan murder case. On March 12, the court had reserved its verdict on the current case pertained to four suspects who had absconded from court during the first trial.
Mashal Khan, a mass communication student at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was lynched to death by a mob of angry students rumors that he and his friends committed blasphemy. On February 8 last year, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Haripur had sentenced accused Imran to death and five others to 25 years in jail.
On 13 April, 2017 rumours spread that Mr Khan had posted blasphemous material online, a crime punishable by death in Pakistan. Hundreds of students and some university staff members marched through the campus searching for him. They broke into his room and dragged him out. Widely circulated mobile phone footage showed him being beaten, stamped on and shot. The crowd continued to attack his body after his death. During their investigation, police determined there was no evidence Mr Khan had committed blasphemy. His killing was ruled to have been premeditated murder.
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17 November, 2019