ATC awards death sentence to Shahrukh Jatoi, Siraj Talpur in Shahzeb murder case

ATC awards death sentence to Shahrukh Jatoi, Siraj Talpur in Shahzeb murder case

KARACHI, (SANA): Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) three Karachi judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon while delivering the verdict in Shahzeb murder case, has awarded death sentence to key accused, Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur; meanwhile court has awarded life imprisonment to Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari.

According to judgment, ATC judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon issued the judgment here on Friday. The court has penalized all four accused with Rs 500,000 fine while the court awarded an additional one-year imprisonment to Sajjad Talpur and Murtaza Lashari for harassing Shahzeb’s sister. The court in its order said the crime has been proved against all the accused.

The two suspects in the case Nawaz Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were given life imprisonment. As soon as the judgment was announced, Jatoi’s brother got into an argument with judges and had to be taken out of the court’s premises.

Due to which, the detailed judgment of the case could not be signed by those convicted and they were sent away. They were, however, called back to the court’s premises and asked to sign the judgment.

The convicted individuals were then taken towards central jail. Later, family members of those convicted said they would file an appeal challenging the court’s judgment.

Moreover, Jatoi’s lawyer, Shaukat Hussain Zuberi, said he would file an appeal within seven days of today’s ruling. Zuberi said the case’s investigation was flawed from the very beginning.

Lawyer of Sharukh Jatoi told media that he is not satisfied with the verdict and the decision will be challenged in the Sindh High Court. The ATC has given them seven days time to file review petition.

It is mentioning here that 21-year-old Shahzeb Khan, son of DSP Aurangzeb, was gunned down on December 24, 2012 at Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in Karachi when he was returning home along with his sister after attending a wedding. He was murdered reportedly after he had an altercation with one of the suspects’ servant who had allegedly given verbal threats to the victim’s sister.

Seven people including Shahrukh Jatoi, Nawab Siraj Talpur his brother Sajjad Talpur and their employee Murtaza Lashari were booked in the murder case.

However, the court declared three accused as absconders as they are still at large. Under anti-terrorism laws, cases are decided within seven days but proceedings in the aforesaid case were completed in two months and 20 days given the complex nature of case.

During the course of the trial the ATC had upheld its decision of declaring key accused Shahzeb an adult after reviewing the ossification report and other documentary evidence.

Talking to media, Shahzeb Khan’s sister said that an example should be set while deciding the case, so that no influential person would dare to torture a common man.

She rejected all the reports about her family willing to strike a deal with the accused, by accepting blood money. She dubbed such reports an effort to vilify her family.

Aurangzeb Khan, the father of Shahzeb Khan said that justice had been served after the ATC awarded death sentences to Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur.

Aurangzeb Khan thanked the media and people for their support. “The children of the rich are not bad; rather it is their upbringing which is at fault.”

The case had attracted much media attention after the Supreme Court took a suo motu notice of the murder.

Meanwhile, a senior advocate, Kamal Azfar, recently filed a petition in the Sindh High Court to revisit the evidence on the weapon from which Jatoi fired at Shahzeb. That petition was also rejected on Friday.

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