Mashal’s brother challenges acquittal of 26 accused by ATC

February 13, 2018

PESHAWAR: The brother of Mashal Khan, who was lynched on the false allegations of blasphemy, has challenged the acquittal of 26 accused requesting they be arrested again.

Aimal Khan, Mashal’s brother, has filed an appeal in Peshawar High Court against the decision of anti-terrorism court in Haripur, which awarded on February 7, death sentence to one, life-imprisonment to five, four-year imprisonment to 25 but acquitting the remaining 26 accused.

The petitioner has expressed reservations over the anti-terrorism court’s verdict, stating those who have been acquitted can be seen in the video of the incident, when Mashal was being tortured to death.

Therefore, the petitioner has requested the court to arrest the 26 accused and start case against them again. Mashal was thrashed and shot dead on the campus over allegations of blasphemy in April, after which a 13-member Joint Investigation Team was formed to probe the case. INP