Supreme Court disposed of a suo motu case related to lynching of Mashal Khan after conviction of accused persons by an anti-terrorism court in the case.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, closed the suo motu hearing by saying that since the ATC had decided the case, there was no need to proceed with the matter.

Peshawar High Court circuit bench in Abbottabad today suspended the conviction of 25 suspects in the Mashal Khan lynching case.

The two-judge bench gave this order after appeals were filed by the suspects who were awarded three years of jail term by an anti-terrorism court (ATC).

They will be released on bail as per bench’s order.

On 7 February, Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had handed death penalty to one person of Mashal Khan murder case. While five others were handed 25-year imprisonment each.

Meanwhile, 26 were acquitted from the jail.

Main suspect Imran Ali who confessed of shooting Mashal Khan before the court had been sentenced to death.

ATC judge Jugde Fazal Khan Subhan gave the verdict as tight security arrangements have been made around jail and house of Mashal Khan .

Mashal Khan , a student of Mass Communication, was beaten and shot to death by an angry mob under allegations of blasphemy on April 3, 2017.