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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.

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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.

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