Peshawar (February 13, 2018): The brother of Mashal Khan has challenged the acquittal of 26 accused from a trail court in the Peshawar High Court.
Aimal Khan, Mashal’s brother, filed an appeal in the Peshawar High Court on Tuesday against the decision of the anti-terrorism court in Haripur.The petitioner has expressed reservations over the anti-terrorism court’s verdict, stating those who have been acquitted can be seen in the video of the incident, when Mashal was being tortured to death.
Therefore, the petitioner has requested the court to arrest the 26 accused and re-hear the case against them.On February 07, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the Mashal Khan lynching case sentenced one accused to death and five others life imprisonment, jail officials informed.
ATC Judge Fazal-e-Subhan sentenced five accused to 25 years in jail, while 26 others were released.
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High-level security arrangements were made at the court, situated inside Haripur jail, with the deployment of 250 police personnel and army troops around the prison and sealing off of routes leading to it.
On April 13, 2017 Mashal Khan, 23, a student of Mass Communications at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was beaten and shot to death by by an angry mob, 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.