ATC sentences one to death, five to life imprisonment in Mashal case

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ATC sentences two suspects to life in prison in Mashal Khan case

HARIPUR: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has sentenced one accused to death in its decision in the murder case of Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM).
ATC Judge Fazal Subhan Khan also sentenced five accused to life imprisonment in its verdict, which was reserved on January 30.
The court also awarded four years imprisonment to 25 other suspects and ordered to release 26 people, for being not guilty, who were accused of lynching Mashal Khan.
The judge announced the verdict against each of the accused who were produced before him one by one.
Three people accused in the case are still at large.
Owing to sensitivity of the matter, strict security measure had been taken in and off Haripur Jail where the decision was announced.
Roads leading to the jail had also been blocked to avoid any untoward incident.
Mashal, 23 was lynched by a charge mob on April 13, 2017 within the premises of the university for allegedly committing blasphemy by posting blasphemous content on social media.
Meanwhile, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to file an appeal against the 26 accused who were exonerated of all charges.
On the other hand, Mashal Khan’s brother Aimal Khan has appealed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police to arrest the accused who are still at large.
Talking to media outside the court, he said that they had no problem with the security provided.
Aimal Khan added that his mother said his son [Mashal Khan] could not come back but no other mother should shed tears for her son.
He also demanded of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to honor his promise to name university after Mashal Khan.

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