Exoneration of 26 suspects in Mashal Khan case challenged

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PESHAWAR: (Christian Times) – Exoneration of 26 of the suspects in the lynching case of Mashal Khan, the students who had been lynched by a violent mob in Mardan varsity April last year, has been challenged in Peshawar High Court.

According to details, Mashal Khan’s brother Aimal Khan has filed the petition against the exoneration of 26 accused in the case, praying that the suspects must be arrested and case should be registered against them.

Abbotabad Anti-Terror Court (ATC) had on February 7 announced the verdict on Mashal Khan lynching case in Haripur Central Jail whereby one suspect out of the total 58 was sentenced to death and fined Rs 100,000.

Moreover, three perpetrators named Fazal Raziq, Mujeebullah and Ashfaq Khan had been handed life sentences while Mudassir Bashir and Bilal Bakhsh were handed life sentences and find Rs 100,000 each.

At the same time, the court had handed 4-year imprisonment sentences to 25 other perpetrators for violence, spreading religious hatred and being part of a mob gathering to kill a person. 26 suspects were acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence.