PESHAWAR:The 2nd death anniversary of lynched student Mashal Khan was observed today (Saturday).

Mashal was lynched to death on 13 April 2017 in his university over fake allegations of blasphemy.

Rallies were organized in various cities to honour Mashal by Awami Worker Partys student-wing PRSF.

Earlier on March 21, an anti-terrorism court awarded life imprisonment to former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf councilor and other convicts in the Mashal murder case.

The court had reserved its verdict on March 12 on the case pertaining to four suspects who had escaped from the court during the first trial.

Former PTI councilor Arif Khan and Asad were awarded life in prison for their involvement in the lynching case while two others namely Sabir and Izhar were acquitted in the case.

On April 13, 2017, 23-year-old Mashal Khan was murdered by an angry mob at the Abdul Wali Khan University on the pretext of committing blasphemy.

However, investigators found no proof of blasphemy against Mashal and ruled that the murder was politically motivated.

The punishment for the rest of the accused who were arrested was announced by an anti-terrorism court in Haripur on January 27, 2018. According to the verdict, one person was awarded death sentence, five life imprisonment, 25 were jailed for four years each, while 26 were acquitted over lack of evidence.

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