PESHAWAR: Abbotabad bench of Peshawar High Court has on Tuesday suspended the sentences of 25 of the convicts in Mashal Khan murder case and accepted their bail pleas.

Commenting on the court order, the lawyer of Mashal Khan’s family Fazal Khan Advocate said that the court had accepted the bail pleas without issuing him any notices. “We should have been given the chance to defend”, he said, adding that the appeals were filed in Peshawar and thus the Abbotabad bench could not have decided on it.

Fazal said that the case against the convicts was registered under anti-terror act and thus they couldn’t have been granted bails.

It is important to note here that Mashal Khan had been lynched last year in Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University by fellow students and university staff after baselessly accusing him of committing blasphemy.

Recently, an anti-terror court had decided the case, handing death sentence to one, life-imprisonment to 5 and 4-year imprisonment each to 25 other suspects while another 26 had been released due to lack of evidence.

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