Video grab from footage of the firing incident in Karachi.

KARACHI: A court on Friday remanded into custody two paramilitary soldiers over the killing of an unarmed man that shocked the country.

Rangers personnel Shahid Zafar and Mohammed Afzal were handed over to police in Karachi on Friday by their military commanders, senior police official Tariq Dharejo told AFP.

“We have produced them in a sessions court where the judge remanded them into police custody for five days until Wednesday,” Dharejo added.

Officials had said that five paramilitary soldiers were being held in connection with the killing in a park named after assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in the upmarket district of Clifton.

Dharejo said Zafar and Afzal were “the main accused” in the shooting, which was captured live on camera and broadcast repeatedly on local television and uploaded to Internet video-sharing site YouTube.

A clean-shaven man, wearing black trousers and a navy shirt, is seen crying and pleading for his life as a soldier cocks his rifle at his neck, then shoots him twice in the hand and thigh.

As his blood pours onto the ground, he begs for help from soldiers who appear to do nothing but watch, until he falls unconscious.

Sarfaraz Shah was accused of robbery, but his family insisted he was an innocent student passing the time of day and has demanded justice.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the culprits would be “prosecuted” and Major General Aijaz Chaudhry, the Rangers chief in the province of Sindh, said that a three-member team had been set up to conduct an inquiry.

“The incident is deplorable. The Rangers have no authority to kill any unarmed individual and they can fire only in self-defence,” he said.

Leading human rights activists and lawyers condemned the killing as a sign of how brutalised Pakistan has become after years of bomb attacks, targeted assassinations, kidnappings and a Taliban insurgency in the northwest.


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