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Shahzeb murder case: SC gives 3 days to arrest Shahrukh Jatoi

07 January, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing the Shahzeb Khan's murder case, youth who was gunned down in Karachi on December 25, and gave the January 10 deadline to arrest Shahrukh Jatoi, our sources reported on Monday.

During today's hearing, Inspector General of Sindh Police Fayyaz Leghari appeared in the court for hearing where the bench expressed dissatisfaction over police report on Shahzeb murder case.

During the hearing DIG Shahid Hayat told that the main accused in the case Shahrukh Jatoi had traveled to the UAE under a different name. He also told that a police team will leave for Dubai today after getting a tip off that Shahrukh Jatoi is in Dubai. He further told that Interpol has been contacted to arrest the accused.

IG Sindh Fayyaz Leghari pleaded for fifteen days' time to arrest Shahrukh Jatoi but the court rejected the request and and gave January 10 deadline (3 days) to arrest the accused and present him in the court.

A raid was also conducted in Lahore at the residence of Sikandar Jatoi, father of Shahrukh Jatoi. Name of Shahrukh Jatoi had also been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) while his passport was cancelled.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing till January 10.

Moreover, it was told that a team comprising of police officials was leaving for Dubai from Karachi to arrest Shahzeb Khan's killer, Shahrukh Jataoi, our sources reported.

According to DIG Shahid Hayat, a police team will leave for Dubai today after getting a tip off that the main accused in Shahzeb Khan murder case, Shahrukh Jatoi is in Dubai.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is hearing the Shahzeb Khan's murder case today, youth who was gunned down in Karachi on December 25.

Police have already arrested Siraj Talpur, another main accused in the murder of Shahzeb Khan, along with three of his friends on Saturday.

Meanwhile, an Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi has given ten days remand of three accused including Siraj Talpur in the Shahzeb Khan murder case Monday, our sources reported.

According to our sources, the three accused in the case were brought to the court amid strict security where police had requested for 14 days judicial remand. However, the court dismissed the request and granted ten days remand only.

Police sprang into action on Friday after the Supreme Court's directives and arrested Siraj Talpur, one of the key accused in the murder, along with his two mates including Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Mustafa Lashari from the interior area of Moro.

During the previous hearing, the apex court had directed IG Sindh to arrest the killers of Shahzeb within 24 hours else he should appear before the apex court without uniform.

The SC also ordered the Sindh Police to present a charge sheet of the alleged killers. The court also ordered to attach the property and freeze the bank accounts of the accused involved in the brutal murder.

Police sprang into action on Friday after the SC's directives and arrested Siraj Talpur, one of the key accused in the murder, along with his three mates.

Meanwhile, another main accused Shahrukh Jatoi reportedly departed for UAE on December 27.

The chief justice had taken suo moto notice of the brutal murder on 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan, based on press clippings carrying the story regarding his killing. Shahzeb Khan was gunned down in Karachi on December 25th, while police failed to make any progress due to immense political pressure.

The killing mobilised hundreds of the people against unquestioned authority that people with political connection enjoy in the country and gathered outside Karachi Press Club carrying banners and requesting the honourable chief justice of Pakistan for taking suo moto action in the matter for arrest of the accused.

The incident has received international attention with activists protesting outside Pakistan High Commission in London on Thursday demanding justice for Shahzeb.


Reader Comments:

Justice for everyone!

We are having jungle law in Pakistan where might is right. Politically influential people in Pakistan are always above the law! Blood of common man has become less expensive than pet animals and even less expensive than wildlife in Pakistan. There are examples that when a leopard of Margalla Hills was shot down by someone, a big media and NGO compaign started.
Why humane beings (Ashraf Al Makhlooqat) are being killed in Karachi to Khyber by the brutal people without any fear of law?
Will Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan mobilize our Police to catch the killers of thousands of Shahzebs of Pakistan being killed brutally by the mighty politicians, bhatta mafias and big landlords every day?
It is shameful for the Sindh Police that it could not catch the killers of their own DSP's son till the time Supreme court took action on the cries of social media. Think for a while!

Amin Mohammad Sargana, Pakistan - 07 January, 2013

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