The anti-terrorism court in Abbottabad awarded death sentence to one and 25-year-prison to five others in the Mashal Khan murder case.
The court exonerated 26 out of 58 accused in the Mardan lynching case. The decision was announced by Justice Fazal-e-Subhan Khan at Haripur Central Jail.
Apparently, Mashal Khan was a 23 years old guy and a student at the Abdul Wali Khan University was lynched to death by a mob on allegations of blasphemy on April 13, 2017. The brutal incident was videotaped sending shockwaves nationwide, as well as, triggering a debate over the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.
Mashal’s brother was talking to the media conference and said:
“The family wants all the suspects to be punished as all of them were involved in the killing”.
Everyone is supporting the decision that has been announced earlier.
#BREAKING…Death sentence to one accused, 25 years imprisonment to five while 26 freed from the mob which attacked and killed #MashalKhan under false #Blasphemy charges by Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Fazal Subhan in high security Haripur Prison #Pakistan #JusticeForMashal served
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) February 7, 2018
— Asif aziz (@SoulessInsafian) February 7, 2018
Take this as a much needed victory. Celebrate the justice, and the hope this gives. But don't mistake it for a turning point. This is a small step, and we have a long long way to go before we get to that turning point. #MashalKhan
— Faizan. (@thoraoffbeat) February 7, 2018
— Ali Salman Alvi (@alisalmanalvi) February 7, 2018
#MashalKhan case verdict; Reportedly, one sentenced to death, 5 sentenced to 25/25 years imprisonment, 26 released. Media kept out of the judgement hearing.
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) February 7, 2018
One sentenced to death, five to life in prison, 26 released, jails officials tell Geo TV. The ATC has yet to announce the verdict. #MashalKhan
— Benazir Shah (@Benazir_Shah) February 7, 2018
The big crocodiles are still safe in #MashalKhan case…
We thank honourable courts of Pakistan for a historical judgment but one should have investigated the bosses behind the story.
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) February 7, 2018
Thank you KP govt and police. Sorry #MashalKhan
— Annie (@isthisannie) February 7, 2018
— BOLNetwork (@BOLNETWORK) February 7, 2018
Stay tuned for more updates!