Mashal’s brother moves PHC against acquittal of 26 suspects
PESHAWAR (92 News) – Aimal Khan, the brother of Mashal Khan, a student of Journalism who was killed by a mob at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan after accusing him of blasphemy last year, has moved the Peshawar High Court (PHC) challenging an anti-terrorism court’s decision to acquit 26 suspects in the lynching case on Tuesday.
Aimal appealed the PHC to reopen the case seeking rearrest of 26 suspects acquitted by the anti-terrorism court (ATC) saying that all suspects can be seen in the videos of the incident proving their involvement in the murder of his brother.
On February 7, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Abbottabad had awarded death sentence to one accused, life imprisonment (25 years) to five accused and four-year imprisonment to 25 other accused in the Mashal Khan murder case, while 26 other suspects were acquitted.
A total of 58 accused were tried for involvement in the lynching of Mashal Khan. Strict security arrangements were made at the jail and residence of Mashal Khan’s family.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had also announced to file an appeal against the acquittal of accused. “We will also file an appeal for extreme punishment of those already awarded (life imprisonment),” said the KP Home Department in a statement.