One person was sentenced to death and 30 others were imprisoned over the brutal campus lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan.
A court in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province acquitted 26 other suspects in the killing of Mashal Khan last year, which sparked outcry in the religiously conservative country.
Mr Khan, 23, a communications student, was attacked and killed by a mob on the campus after a dormitory debate about religion.
The 57 suspects indicted over the murder included students, teachers and some officials of Abdul Wali Khan University.
Rukshana Iqbal, Mr Khan’s mother, told The Telegraph that her other children had now quit their education, fearing for their lives.
“I can’t trust any university to send children to for education. My daughters were top of their classes, but their education has been disrupted,” she said.
Mr Khan was known as an intellectually curious and religious student who liked to debate controversial social, political and religious issues.
Blasphemy is a highly sensitive …
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