Pakistan sentences 2 men to life terms in 2017 student death
|Toronto Star 21 Mar 2019 at 02:28|
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A court in northwestern Pakistan has sentenced to life imprisonment two men convicted of involvement in the killing of Mashal Khan, a university student who was beaten and then fatally shot by a mob in 2017 after being falsely accused of blasphemy.
The two men — Arif Khan, a local leader of Pakistan’s ruling party led by former cricket star Imran Khan, and Asad Khan — were in court in Peshawar for the sentencing.
The death of the 23-year-old Mashal was caught on video that later circulated on social media. Initially 61 people were charged with a variety of offences and 57 people were handed varying sentences in the case. Many are appealing the verdicts.