Two men jailed for life in Mashal Khan blasphemy lynching case

Two men jailed for life in Mashal Khan blasphemy lynching case

Two men in Pakistan have been jailed for life for their role in the lynching of a university student accused of blasphemy.

Two years ago Mashal Khan was fatally attacked by a mob on campus in Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

An investigation later found blasphemy allegations made against Khan after a debate about religion were false.

On March 21 an anti-terrorism court sentenced two men to life imprisonment and acquitted two others.

Arif Khan, a local government official who had been a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was convicted for provoking and participating in the lynch mob.

Initially, a total of 61 people suspected of involvement in the lynching were charged in the first information report.

Out of them, 57 were sentenced by a court on February 7, 2018.

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