Mashal Khan. - A file photo

ABBOTTABAD: The Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) Abbottabad circuit bench on Tuesday suspended the sentences of 25 accused who were awarded three-year jail terms in Mashal Khan lynching case.

The punishments were awarded by an Anti Terrorism Court in Haripur on Feb 07. The PHC accepted the bail of the 25 accused and ordered their release till their appeals are heard.

Mashal Khan, 23, a student of Mass Communications at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was killed by an angry mob on April 13, 2017 after he was falsely accused of blasphemy.

The lynching took place within the premises of the university and was caught on video, which later circulated widely on social media.  On Feb 7, the Haripur Anti-Terrorism Court had handed the shooter, Imran Ali, death sentence on two counts, five accused multiple terms of life imprisonment, and 25 others jail sentences, but acquitted 26 others for want of sufficient evidence.