Pakistani court sentences one to death, five to life over lynching of student

A Pakistani court on Wednesday convicted 31 people over the lynching of a 23-year-old university student in April 2017.

Mashal Khan, a journalism student, was dragged out of his dorm room at Abdul Wali Khan University in the north-western town of Mardan on April 13, 2017, and killed by a mob following false rumors that he had shared blasphemous content on social media.

“Blasphemy” — the concept of insulting a religion, in this case Islam — is treated as a criminal offense in Pakistan. It can carry the death penalty.

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