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SC acquits Shahrukh Jatoi, others in Shahzeb murder case

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted Shahrukh Jatoi as well as his accomplices in the Shahzeb Khan murder case.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, heard the case.

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had awarded the death penalty to Jatoi and his accomplice Siraj Ali Talpur for Shahzeb’s murder in 2012 following a petty dispute. Siraj’s younger brother, Sajjad Ali Talpur, and domestic helper Ghulam Murtaza Lashari had been handed life sentences.

A couple of months after the sentence was passed, however, Shahzeb’s parents had issued a formal pardon for the convicts, approved by the Sindh High Court (SHC).

Despite the pardon, however, the death penalty had been upheld because of the addition of terrorism charges to the case — up until the SHC dropped the charges and ordered a retrial in the case.

The SHC, while hearing appeals against the conviction, had later commuted the death sentences into life imprisonment. Subsequently, all four accused had approached the Supreme Court.

During the hearing today, their lawyer, Latif Khosa, noted that the formal pardon had already been issued. His clients had no intention to spread terror, he argued.

Subsequently, the court acquitted all four people. A detailed order is awaited.

Shahzeb Khan’s murder​

On the night of December 24, 2012, 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan, the son of a police official, had been gunned down in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority. He was returning home with his sister from a wedding.

Shahzeb was killed for picking a fight with one of the suspects’ servants, who had verbally threatened and harassed his sister.

Then chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had taken suo motu notice of the incident, which sparked widespread outrage across the country through newspapers, TV channels and social media.

As the prime accused belonged to powerful feudal families of Sindh, the incident had triggered a nationwide debate over whether the country’s elite could be held accountable for crimes they committed.

 

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Pls read the article. Apparently family of the victim pardoned the convicts.
Even though the family of the victim has pardoned the murderer, he is not exonerated of crimes against the state.

And we know how laws are being flaunted in the name of diyat.
 

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Pls read the article. Apparently family of the victim pardoned the convicts.
So what? The state got itself involved in this case and it doesn't matter whether the family of the victim pardoned that mosnster or not....This criminal was charged by an Anti-Terrorism court 9 years back. It was simply and utterly an open and shut case in which a son of a feudal lord took the life of a brother who was simply trying to protect his sister from Shah Rukh Jatoi's Kajnar pan... Shah Rukh Jatoi should have been killed by a lethal injection or hanged some years back. But this is Pakistan, in which Kangroo courts, the prosecution and the entire criminal investigation system collapsed a long time ago. The message is loud and clear, my fellow countrymen...You can get away with murder if you are the son of Siraj Talpur. But you will be left in jail to get rotten for decades on malicously built / fabricated cases because the state always had other priorities.
 
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These things tend to happen under the type of government we have these days.
Zahir jaffer too will be acquitted like this. The best solution is to shoot criminals like this don't rely on this justice system ,it's only a waste of time,health and money.
 

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The judges need to face the music.

This is an open and shut case and yet they exonerate the murderers. Can’t blame the prosecutors in this case.
 

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He spent 10 years in jails lavishly, and now went scot free. Bet you he will be a future politician as well.
 

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What a country. What a judicial system. I don't expect any different under PDM.

Where is Amnesty International and others?
 

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Pls read the article. Apparently family of the victim pardoned the convicts.

Shah Rukh's family also made to pardon the killer in 2013. However news media outlets were not bought out back then so there was an uproar.

Now news media have been managed so everything is good.
 

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Justice rushes only to execute the likes of kachi abadi kachra abid malhi types while dha convicts are eventually let free in this Dalla republic- -----.
 

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