Pakistanis React to Mashal Khan’s Murder Case Verdict

On 13th April 2017, an angry mob shot and brutally killed 23-year-old Mashal Khan at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan. About 57 individuals were arrested and presented before an anti-terrorist court in Haripur over their involvement in the student’s murder.

After the passage of almost a year, today, a verdict in this case has been announced by Justice Fazal-e-Subhan Khan at Haripur Central Jail.

The Verdict

According to the verdict, the prime suspect involved in the murder of Mashal, Imran Ali, has been given the death sentence. 5 of his accomplices have been jailed for 25 years each. Another 25 have been jailed for four years each while 26 individuals haven been cleared of the case without any punishment.

The defence lawyers say that the verdict of the court will be challenged on Thursday.

Over on social media, many people reacted as the judgement become official. Some were satisfied with the proceedings of the case, while others were dismayed for various reasons.

Here’s how Pakistani Twitter users responded to the court’s judgement:

Imran Khan, whose party rules KPK, had this to say about the judgement:

An Indian citizen also compared the Mashal case verdict with another case where justice was not done:

Mashal’s brother had this to say about the court’s verdict:

Justice has finally been done.

Many media personalities tweeted the summary of the sentence, while also mentioning that the press was not allowed during the hearings:

Some were not satisfied with the decision of the court:

Others were happy that this case was finally given the attention it deserved:

People were satisfied that at least one case got resolved. Other cases however, are still pending:

Does he have a point?

Lets see what happens once the case moves forward with the appeals:

The case is not finished yet, and the KPK government intends to appeal against the release of 25/26 individuals:

Mashal’s brother hopes that nothing like what happened to his brother, happens to anyone:

It is indeed the first time that a complete mob of people has been brought under the court of law for taking the law into their own hands. The judgement was indeed a step in the right direction but we will have to wait and see if any other mobsters will come under the rule of law after the defendants appeals against the current decision.

Are you satisfied with the court’s judgment? Let us know in the comments below.

  • only 1 death sentence? the cruel and inhumane beating and lynching in which 2 dozen were involved? shocking and sicking of Pak Gov. Failing the nation over and over again

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