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Mashal Khan murder: Two sentenced to life imprisonment


PESHAWAR: An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday convicted two men in the 2017 mob lynching of Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University.

The 23-year old student from Mardan was killed at the hands of a mob which was incited by a group of students and university employees accusing Khan of blasphemy.

The court convicted Arif Khan,a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) councillor, and Asad Katlang after fining them guilty in a judge that was reserved on March 12.

The ATC acquitted two suspects Sabir Mayar and Izhar Joni for lack of evidence, with the slain father saying he would approach the high court to challenge their acquittal.

A court in January sentenced one convict to capital punishment while six others were given life imprisonment.

The ACT in Abbottabbad had acquitted 26 others suspects in the case.

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