Dozens charged over killing of ‘blasphemer’
Almost 60 people have been indicted for the on-campus murder of a Pakistani university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy. All 57 people accused of killing Mashal Khan, a journalism student at the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan in northeastern Pakistan, have pleaded not guilty to murder, the Hindustan Times reported. They are accused of joining a lynch mob that seized the 23-year-old from his dormitory before he was stripped, beaten and shot by fellow students on 13 April. A report compiled by a joint investigation team that examined the lynching said that a group of faculty members and student leaders within the university had incited a mob against Mr Khan by using the pretext of blasphemy.