Pakistani national Mishal Khan’s lynch mob killers sentenced

Mishal Khan, a 23-year-old student of Mass Communication at the Abdul Wali Khan University. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 07 February 2018
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Pakistani national Mishal Khan’s lynch mob killers sentenced

PESHAWAR: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Haripur issued one death sentence and five life imprisonments in the Mishal Khan murder case on Wednesday.
Twenty-five people were sentenced to four years in prison. The court dismissed cases against 26 others because of insufficient evidence.
Khan, a 23-year-old student of Mass Communication at the Abdul Wali Khan University, was falsely accused of blasphemy last year, resulting in his lynching by an angry mob, mainly consisting of fellow students and university faculty.
The killing took place in Mardan, the second-largest city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), on April 13, 2017, causing outrage across the country. The trial began in September.
ATC Judge Fazal-e-Subhan announced the verdict amid tight security at Haripur Central Prison — the case having been moved from Mardan amid security concerns. Imran Ali, who confessed to shooting Khan, received the death sentence.
A total of 58 people were originally taken into custody, although others, who were clearly inciting the mob in a video that of the incident that was circulated on social media, have still not been apprehended.
Earlier in the day, the parents of a number of those arrested staged a protest outside the prison, which they were prohibited from entering.
After hearing the verdict, Khan’s brother, Aimal, said that his family would seek legal advice on how to proceed.
He also demanded the immediate arrest of all those who had so far evaded the authorities, adding that that KP’s provincial government should fulfill its promise to rename the University of Swabi after Mishal Khan.


UK's PM Theresa May wins vote of confidence in her leadership

Updated 19 min 46 sec ago
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UK's PM Theresa May wins vote of confidence in her leadership

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a bid by her own MPs to unseat her, securing the support of 200 Conservative colleagues while 117 voted against her.

The British leader overcame the party no-confidence vote after it was triggered by hardline Brexit supporters who despise the deal she struck with the EU last month.

It leaves May weakened but immune from a further internal challenge for a year.

Meanwhile, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that Britain's parliament needs to regain control of the Brexit process.

"Tonight's vote makes no difference to the lives of our people," Corbyn said in a statement. "She must now bring her dismal deal back to the House of Commons next week so Parliament can take back control."