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Mashal Khan's family to challenge ATC verdict tomorrow

Mashal Khan's family to challenge ATC verdict tomorrow

The family of Mardan university student Mashal Khan ? who was lynched over false accusations of blasphemy last year ? is set to challenge the court's verdict in the case on Wednesday.

Mashal, a 23-year-old Mass Communications student at Mardan's Abdul Wali Khan University, was beaten and shot to death by an angry mob on April 13, 2017, after being accused of blasphemy.

Also read: Why they lynched Mashal Khan

A Haripur Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Feb 7 sentenced the prime accused, shooter Imran Ali, to death, handed jail sentences to 30 people, and acquitted 26 others.

Mashal's family was not satisfied with the verdict.

Speaking to the media today after a meeting with the family's lawyers at the Peshawar High Court (PHC), Aimal Khan, the victim's brother, said the family had "decided to challenge the verdict minutes after it was announced".

He added that the lawyers had completed drafting the case and would file an appeal in the PHC on Wednesday.

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