ATC to announce Mashaal Khan murder case’s verdict on March 16

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

PESHAWAR:An anti-terrorism court (ATC) Tuesday reserved its verdict in Mashal Khan lynching case after completion of arguments by both the parties in the case.
Mashaal Khan’ father Iqbal Khan and 46 other witnesses recorded statements before the court. After completing arguments the court reserved its verdict which will be announced on March 16.
Mashal Khan, 23, a student of Mass Communications at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was beaten and shot to death by an angry mob on April 13, 2017, after he was accused of blasphemy.
The lynching took place within the premises of the university and was caught on video which later circulated on social media. The horrific incident shocked the nation and sparked a debate over the misuse of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan.
A total of 61 people suspected of involvement in the lynching ─ the majority of them students and university employees and a tehsil councillor belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) ─ were charged in the first information report. Out of these, 57 were sentenced by a court on February 7, 2018.
The current case pertains to the four suspects that were absconding from court during the first trial.

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