Mashal Khan case: One sentenced to death, five imprisoned for 25 years

Haripur (Web Desk): The anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday sentenced a convict to death while five others to 25 years imprisonment in horrific lynching case of Mashal Khan.

ATC Jugde Fazal Khan Subhan read out the verdicts against each of the 57 men accused in the case one-by-one.

Tight security arrangements were in place due to the sensitivity of the case, with roads leading to the Haripur Central jail being closed.

Conjugal visits at the jail have also been cancelled today. Moreover, security personnel have also been deployed at Mashal’s residence and grave in Swabi, as well as Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, where he was murdered.

Mashal Khan, a mass communication student at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was lynched to death by a mob of angry students in April last year over rumors that he and his friends committed blasphemy.

At present, a total of 58 accused are in custody whereas three are still absconding.

“We will consult our lawyers and see if we are satisfied with the verdict. My only appeal to the KP police is to arrest the rest of the suspects and bring them to justice as well,” said Ajmal brother of Mashal.

The inquiry report revealed that officials from the university administration were also involved in his murder. The report also stated that there were no solid proofs found about blasphemy committed by Mashal and his friends.

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