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Pakistan: 31 convicted over student lynching

The lynching of a university student in Mardan, Pakistan, has prompted an examination of blasphemy cases and alleged police tolerance of vigilantism.

by Zein Basravi

A Pakistani court has convicted 31 people over the campus lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy.

One defendant was sentenced to death.

The killing of Mashal Khan, who was just 23 years old, sparked an outcry and raised new questions about the misuse of harsh blasphemy laws.

 

Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reports from Mardan, Pakistan.


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