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The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday acquitted Shahrukh Jatoi in the 2012 Shahzeb Khan murder case along with other accused persons.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan headed a three-member bench as it heard the case today.
During the hearing, Jatoi's counsel Latif Khosa argued that “the parties have already reached an agreement.”
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“The accused had no intention of spreading terror,” he added, “the murder event was presented as a case of terrorism”.
The incident
Shahzeb Khan, the 20-year-old son of former deputy superintendent of police Aurangzeb Khan, was gunned down on Saba Avenue in Karachi's Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on the night of December 24, 2012.
Shahzeb had returned home from a wedding with his family when an employee of the accused verbally harassed his sister. He confronted the accused and demanded an apology.
The accused, however, were remorseless and refused to apologise for the behaviour of their employee. The issue was apparently resolved when Shahzeb's father intervened and tried to pacify both his son and the other party.
Soon after, Shahzeb left his house in his car and was on Saba Avenue when the accused chased him down and shot him dead in public.
The murder sparked outrage across the country leading to then chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, taking suo motu notice of the incident.
Guilty verdict
In June 2013, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) awarded the death penalty to Shahrukh and Siraj Talpur, while Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were given life imprisonment.
Shahrukh was handed down an additional three years in prison for illegal possession of a weapon. The ATC also directed the convicts to pay a Rs500,000 fine each.
As he had walked out of the court after the verdict was announced, Shahrukh Jatoi had posed with victory signs for the countless cameras trained on him. This behaviour again drew condemnations from civil society.
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A few months after the verdict, however, the victim's father granted a pardon to the accused. Reportedly, the pardon was granted under duress. The convicts then again approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) for a review of the verdict.
In November 2017, the SHC decided on the criminal review petition, set aside the capital punishment awarded to the two accused and ordered a retrial.
The defence counsel had argued for the terrorism charges to be dropped considering the prime suspect was a juvenile at the time of the offence.
Shahrukh's age had been contentious from the early stages of the trial when a medical report had determined his age to be between 17 and 18 years at the time of the incident.
The report was rejected by the ATC and a seven-member medical board had subsequently determined that Shahrukh was no less than 19 years old.
The SHC, however, granted the defence's plea for the removal of sections of the anti-terror law.
Released on bail
In December 2017, the sessions court released all the accused on bail. The move again sparked anger among civil society and several activists approached the apex court against the SHC's verdict.
The activists included Jibran Nasir, Jamshed Raza Mahmood, Afiya Shehrbano Zia, Naeem Sadiq, Nazim Fida Hussain Haji, Zulfiqar Shah, Aquila Ismail, Fahim Zaman Khan, and Naziha Syed Ali, who filed a criminal petition in the apex court, challenging the SHC order.

Civil society's petitions
The petition, filed through renowned lawyer Faisal Siddiqui, asserted that residents of the same city where Shahzeb was murdered, had filed a criminal petition for leave-to-appeal, challenging the SHC order for not applying ATA provisions and setting aside the conviction recorded by the trial court.

The petition had said the incident of gruesome murder had created fear and insecurity among the general public. The civil society members had claimed that the fear and panic among the residents of the area offered enough grounds for them to file the case, even though they did not directly know the deceased.
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They said they were personally terrorised and intimidated by the murder.
In February 2018, the SC turned the petitions by civil society into a suo motu notice and set aside the 2017 SHC decision, ordering a retrial.
The apex court also restored terrorism charges framed against the accused - Shahrukh, Siraj and Sajjad - which had been removed by the SHC. The SC bench ruled that bails granted to the accused by the sessions court were against the law.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, the accused were taken into custody in Islamabad and handed over to the Sindh Police. Their names were also placed on the Exit Control List.
Over the course of one year, the SHC heard arguments from both parties in favour and against the convictions and commuted in 2019 the capital punishment awarded to two prime accused in the Shahzeb Khan murder case - Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur - into life imprisonment.
The high court also upheld the life imprisonment sentence awarded to two other accused, Sajjad and Ghulam. The decision was announced by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Nazar Akbar on the review of petitions filed by the accused against their conviction.
The accused had then filed appeals in the Supreme Court against the life imprisonment sentence and were acquitted on Tuesday.

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Shahrukh's age had been contentious from the early stages of the trial when a medical report had determined his age to be between 17 and 18 years at the time of the incident.
The report was rejected by the ATC and a seven-member medical board had subsequently determined that Shahrukh was no less than 19 years old.

If this happened in a just, law abiding Islamic society, this chutooz father would be rotting in some dungeon. And this chutoo himself would have been beheaded within a month (max). His father's crime is letting a minor have easy access to weapon(s) that can kill others.

Sometimes a single case can show you the actual real image of a society. This is not Pakistan but a place where Pharaohs still live and breath ........ sorry wrong analogy even Pharaoh wasn't into injustice neither he was a hypocrite ......
 

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If this happened in a just, law abiding Islamic society, this chutooz father would be rotting in some dungeon. And this chutoo himself would have been beheaded within a month (max). His father's crime is letting a minor have easy access to weapon(s) that can kill others.

Sometimes a single case can show you the actual real image of a society. This is not Pakistan but a place where Pharaohs still live and breath ........ sorry wrong analogy even Pharaoh wasn't into injustice neither he was a hypocrite ......
unfortunately Pakistan is no longer an Islamic country. its being ruled over by corrupt liberal and secular elite.
 

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unfortunately Pakistan is no longer an Islamic country. its being ruled over by corrupt liberal and secular elite.

When was Pakistan an Islamic country in the first place? May be before partition the idea was to have a separate Islamic country, but who knew the person with that vision would just pass away too soon.

Muslim by his faith is both liberal and secular, I don't know what your definition of liberal and secular is, but Pakistanis are nowhere near liberal and secular. Even most of our mosques are places that sell sectarianism, backwardness and division, I have only seen a very tiny minority preaching unity, faith, discipline.
 

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When was Pakistan an Islamic country in the first place? May be before partition the idea was to have a separate Islamic country, but who knew the person with that vision would just pass away too soon.

Muslim by his faith is both liberal and secular, I don't know what your definition of liberal and secular is, but Pakistanis are nowhere near liberal and secular. Even most of our mosques are places that sell sectarianism, backwardness and division, I have only seen a very tiny minority preaching unity, faith, discipline.
if your definition of secularism and liberalism is western styled than you are wrong.
 

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if your definition of secularism and liberalism is western styled than you are wrong.

I told you Muslim by faith is automatically both a liberal and secular. I don't think anyone has ownership of these ideas. Our problem is thinking oh these are Kafir ideas but no one ever thought that well Islam allows me and wants me to be free enough to think, question and form my own opinion, Islam wishes that I respect others and their beliefs. Shouldn't Muslim be a role model a law abiding honest fair trustworthy? If a Muslim or Muslims don't meet that criteria then they don't deserve to be the ones leading ...... now look at our sad situation and think what is wrong with us.
 

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I told you Muslim by faith is automatically both a liberal and secular. I don't think anyone has ownership of these ideas. Our problem is thinking oh these are Kafir ideas but no one ever thought that well Islam allows me and wants me to be free enough to think, question and form my own opinion, Islam wishes that I respect others and their beliefs. Shouldn't Muslim be a role model a law abiding honest fair trustworthy? If a Muslim or Muslims don't meet that criteria then they don't deserve to be the ones leading ...... now look at our sad situation and think what is wrong with us.
Islam gives us the right to question and reason but everything has a limit. if u start questioning and reasoning about the basic and core beliefs of Islam than you will be crossing those limits. the western idea of liberalism/secularism starts with the idea that religion of any sorts is an outdated idea. live your life according to your desires. do whatever you wish, no need to fear anything. there is no accountability. there is no life after death. no judgement day, no hell or heaven and than it goes all the way to the denial of existence of God.
 

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Islam gives us the right to question and reason but everything has a limit. if u start questioning and reasoning about the basic and core beliefs of Islam than you will be crossing those limits.

Tawheed is submission, after that there is no question of crossing the limits. Strange that a person would submit to oneness of ALLAH and then dare cross limits.

What limits are you referring to by the way? And what are those core beliefs that you have referred to?

As I said when you start comparing a clear profound faith system with a culture you start doubting and if you are already confused enough you will lead to totally confused conclusions. It is plain simple Islam guarantees you freedom, respect, confidence, clarity, purpose, multiple chances and truth.
 

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What limits are you referring to by the way? And what are those core beliefs that you have referred to?
Don't liberals/seculars target concept of finality of Prophet MUHAMMAD S.A.W??
Don't liberals/seculars target concept of Zakat?
Don't liberals/seculars target concept of Hijab?
Don't liberals/seculars target Eid Ul Adha?
Don't liberals/seculars target Namoos-e-Risalat?
Don't liberals/seculars target Jihad?
Don't liberals/seculars target Hajj?
Don't liberals/seculars target praying in congregation?
Don't liberals/seculars target the Islamic Inheritance system?
Don't liberals/seculars target Nikaah?
Don't liberals/seculars target Talaq?
and the list goes on and on and on................

And you know what the call it???? THEIR LIBERTY/FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
 
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As I said when you start comparing a clear profound faith system with a culture you start doubting and if you are already confused enough you will lead to totally confused conclusions. It is plain simple Islam guarantees you freedom, respect, confidence, clarity, purpose, multiple chances and truth.
Islam guarantees individual freedom. but if this freedom is taken too far than it becomes a fitnah. remember yazid?? he was also liberal and secular and took his liberties and freedoms too far. and then look where these liberties took him. he was not a kafir or mushrik. he was a muslim and son of a prominent Sahabi. but he took the liberty/freedom of drinking, he took the liberty/freedom of not performing obligatory prayers/fasting/zakat etc. he took the liberty/freedom of performing zina, he took the liberty/freedom of abusing government authority. and ended up martyring the Ahl-e-Bait.
Initially Hazar IMAM HUSSAIN R.A was not against him but when news of his so called liberties/freedoms reached him, he decided to take action. why?? because yazid was the ruler of Muslims and according to the teachings of Islam this type of person was unfit to rule.
 

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