The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday accepted for hearing a set of appeals by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government seeking to enhance the sentences of the convicts involved in the 2017 lynching of Mardan university student Mashal Khan, reports Dawn.

Additional Advocate General (AAG) for KP Nisar Khan, told Dawn that the appeals were filed against the November 2020 verdict in which the Peshawar High Court had commuted the death sentence awarded to primary accused Imran Ali in Mashal Khan lynching case, but maintained the jail terms handed down to 32 others.

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Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old student of the Department of Mass Communication at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, was lynched by a mob and shot over allegations of blasphemy on April 13, 2017.

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In June 2017, a 13-member joint investigation team concluded that the allegations of blasphemy against Mashal Khan were unfounded and were used as a pretext to incite a mob against him.