Two men in Pakistan have been jailed for life for their role in the lynching of a university student accused of blasphemy.

Two years ago Mashal Khan was fatally attacked by a mob on campus in Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

An investigation later found blasphemy allegations made against Khan after a debate about religion were false.

On March 21 an anti-terrorism court sentenced two men to life imprisonment and acquitted two others.

Arif Khan, a local government official who had been a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was convicted for provoking and participating in the lynch mob.

Initially, a total of 61 people suspected of involvement in the lynching were charged in the first information report.

Out of them, 57 were sentenced by a court on February 7, 2018.