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Eyewitnesses saw Shahrukh fire on Shahzeb, police tells SC

05 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Sindh Police told the Supreme Court on Monday that eyewitnesses have, in their statements, claimed that they had seen Shahrukh Jatoi firing on Shahzeb Khan.

DIG (South) Karachi Shahid Hayat told the court that the police have recovered the weapon used in the crime and spent bullet cases from the crime scene. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, hearing suo motu case on the killing of Shahzeb, questioned whether the police had taken any action against those who had facilitated Shahrukh, the main accused in the case. FIA Director (Legal) Azam Khan, submitting a report about the murder case in the court, said that Shahrukh had obtained a ticket without passport and boarding card on the passport of a certain Muhammad Ali.

The chief justice inquired how the accused came out of the three main points at the Karachi airport without being noticed, and whether the FIA had registered cases against the immigration officials. According to the FIA report, Shahrukh went abroad on December 27 along with his brother Nawab Ali Jatoi and Muhammad Khurram. Shahrukh obtained a boarding card in the name of Syed Shahrukh and used Muhammad Ali's passport number, a resident of Swabi.

The FIA official also said a travel agency had issued the ticket and its owner said that it was issued in emergency, while the entry at the airport was made in violation of the rules. Cameras could not capture Shahrukh at the time of his departure. Replying to Justice Azmat Saeed's question whether the FIA was able to identify the counter from where the accused had obtained the boarding card, the FIA director (legal) said that they have registered cases against the officials deputed on the counter.

Meanwhile, the chief justice noted that Shahrukh's father Sikandar had in an interview misled the authorities that his son went to Australia on December 25, thus tried to spoil the case. The court directed the Sindh Police authorities to conduct a fair and transparent investigation into the murder case. The case has been adjourned till February 13.

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