An anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced two more people to jail for their involvement in the lynching of Mashal Khan, a university student murdered by an angry mob at in Mardan two years back over blasphemy allegations.
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) March 21, 2019
Judge Mahmoodul Hassan Khattak announced the verdict on Thursday, awarding life imprisonment to Tehsil councilor Arif Khan who belonged to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Asad Katlang. The court also acquitted two other accused Sabir and Izhar due to lack of proof.
Out of 61 accused in #MashalKhan case total 27 stand acquitted & 26 only got 3yr jail term. Mashal's father who is already pursuing appeals in High Court against 51 of these men intends to file appeal against 2 acquitted today. Justice not served. Job of isn't done. @ImranKhanPTI
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) March 21, 2019
The court had reserved its ruling on March 12, regarding the four suspects who had absconded during the first trial.
— Baaghi TV (@BaaghiTV) March 21, 2019
The punishment for the rest was earlier announced by an anti-terrorism court in Haripur. According to the verdict, the shooter was sentenced to death, five life imprisonment, 25 were jailed for four years each, while 26 were acquitted over lack of evidence.