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Shahzeb murder case: Shahrukh Jatoi sentenced to death

Updated Jun 08, 2013 11:52am


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Shahrukh Jatoi (R) gestures while his accomplice Siraj Talpur looks on from a court lockup before being convicted for murder in the Karachi on June 7, 2013. —AFP Photo
Shahrukh Jatoi (R) gestures while his accomplice Siraj Talpur looks on from a court lockup before being convicted for murder in the Karachi on June 7, 2013. —AFP Photo
Shahzeb Khan.—File Photo
Shahzeb Khan.—File Photo

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi sentenced Shahrukh Jatoi, the main accused in the Shahzeb murder case, to death in its verdict on Friday.

Moreover, another suspect, Siraj Talpur, was also awarded capital punishment for his role in the crime.

Whereas, two other suspects in the case, Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were sentenced to life imprisonment.

The ATC also announced that the convicted individuals would have to pay a fine of Rs 500,000 each. Moreover, Jatoi was handed an added three years prison sentence for illegal possession of weapons.

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.

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 today.

Speaking to DawnNews, Shahzaib's father said he was satisfied with the court's verdict.

Twenty-year-old Shahzeb Khan was gunned down on the night of December 24, 2012 when he was returning home along with his sister after attending a wedding. Shahzeb, son of a DSP, 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.

Jatoi, Siraj Talpur, his younger brother Sajjad Talpur and their house servant Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were charged with killing Shahzeb in the city’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA).

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


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Agha Asad Raza Jun 07, 2013 10:56am

I hope justice is done! If the murderer is let off.......!!

EjazAhmed Jun 07, 2013 11:21am

First of all reporters should stop using the titles like Nawab, of defendants

zak Jun 07, 2013 11:56am

All of pakistan is watching to see justise and justise means ALL the 4 accused should HANG.

Spigot Jun 07, 2013 12:15pm

finally Justice !

Although I am sure they would prolong the whole process and file an appeal in the supreme court. I hope that the rift continues and then in the end this decisions stands ...( just to add some more torture to these cruel creatures)

shan Jun 07, 2013 12:19pm

excellent! bravo

imran Jun 07, 2013 12:19pm

all well that's end well. we need to set example for those who cross their limits. great Judgment

Khan Jun 07, 2013 12:20pm

In Pakistan death sentence has not been implemented since long. So don't be happy.

Bee Jun 07, 2013 12:23pm


Completely agree. He is the Nawab of nothing now.

Prakash Jun 07, 2013 12:25pm

This is a great day for Pakistan. It could well be a turning point in Pakistan's judicial history. A rich man has been found guilty by the court. I congratulate the people of Pakistan on this seminal occasion.

Hira Saeed Jun 07, 2013 12:24pm

Justice prevailed. Congratulations to nation and thanks to Social media! :)

imran Jun 07, 2013 12:23pm

justice will be done when this sentence hold till the verdict is acted upon. we all know how much is the rate at which convicted are punished in this country

imran Jun 07, 2013 12:26pm

all well that's ends well. we really need that sort of examples to correct our society. Great Judgment

Nazish Jun 07, 2013 12:26pm

Well done CJ

Naseem Qureshi Jun 07, 2013 12:27pm

It is not a very happy occasion but it was necessary to build people's confidence in our judicial system.

Maimoona Jun 07, 2013 12:28pm

On leaving the court the main accused is smiling and making V signs, as if he's sure that he'll be let off in the end!!I can't believe it!!!

Salman Chand John Jun 07, 2013 12:28pm

GREAT NEWS!!!! I just hope that they are actually hanged and this should be done in public. They deserve it. Hope you both rot in hell. Hats off to our Chief Justice. Thank You Sir for making the impossible possible. Shahzeb I am sure you will be really happy where ever you are. May your soul rest in peace brother. Amen

AHMED Jun 07, 2013 12:29pm

Finally justice has prevailed,thank Allah. May Shahzeb Khan's Khan;s soul rest in peace now.

Osama Jun 07, 2013 12:30pm

@EjazAhmed: Why should they stop using titles? A title is pretty much a part of someones name. Just because someone is a defendant doesn't mean they loose their title or position or anything.

akbar Jun 07, 2013 12:32pm

justice well done.

Awais Qureshi Jun 07, 2013 12:32pm

They should be hanged. I hope this sentence get carried out and justice should be done in all such cases.

Lalajeee Jun 07, 2013 12:33pm

He must be hanged in public so that such people learn the fate of such acts

MNK Jun 07, 2013 12:36pm

death to the murderers! The least that they deserve....!

Abdul Malik Jun 07, 2013 12:39pm

Kudos to the fearless ATC Judge ! let this be an exemplary verdict.

Azhar Ali Jun 07, 2013 12:41pm

good news from a country run by influential people.. hope poor family won't accept the blood money or president does not forgive (under which right?) the murderer

Nouman ur Rashid Jun 07, 2013 12:42pm

Justice delivered !!

Faran Ali Jun 07, 2013 12:43pm

It will still take long.. the defendants will go into appeals in higher courts and so on :( lets hope they get punished.

Rashad Jun 07, 2013 12:51pm

i can sense a pardon on the way!

Farhan Junejo Jun 07, 2013 12:54pm

First time in Pakistan's history, Justice was served! Hope they cannot appeal the sentence. All credit goes to the media and youth who have forced the judges to be fair, otherwise they would have taken money and released the murderers as usual.

noorilhuda Jun 07, 2013 12:56pm

They'll be freed by the higher court. No one of influence ever gets a sentence carried out unless the prosecution is equally strong (Bhutto vs. Zia). These kids Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur will be political leaders in 10 years.

Faraz Siddiqui Jun 07, 2013 12:57pm

Pakistan has progressed !!!

Just a pakistani Jun 07, 2013 12:56pm

thanks God a good news after a long time :D love it

Farhan Junejo Jun 07, 2013 12:58pm

The courts MUST reject the appeals and make sure the accused are given the death penalty. This death penalty is very important to change the feudal culture of our society. This death penalty is very important for the Better Pakistan !!

If they do not receive the death penalty, similar incidents will again happen.

S.A.S , Jun 07, 2013 01:05pm

It was expected. Delaying tactics be failed. Justice be done at the earliest. Of course, all well that ends well.

Salman Jun 07, 2013 01:06pm

Made me remember 'Jolly LLB' when the judge said, "aap high court jao, supreme court jao, appeal apka haq hai, magar aaj tau apka client jail ja raha hai"..

AG rao Jun 07, 2013 01:07pm

lets see

vazim Jun 07, 2013 01:09pm

@EjazAhmed: It should be good to see a convict Nawab hanged.

Bilal Jun 07, 2013 01:09pm

hey would file an appeal against the court's judgment. Moreover, Jatoi's lawyer said he would file an appeal within seven days after today's judgment. According to him, the investigation in the case was flawed from the very beginning.

Apne ka khoon acha nai lagta, dusroo ka khoon pe bhi jaou to mazay ka taste haina ??? I hope this decision lasts and this person shahrukh jatoir gets hanged until he dies

Zeeshan Khan Jun 07, 2013 01:13pm

I am very happy to see the Justice being done. Now the execution of the convicted Jatoi MUST be done. I hope higher courts don't delay it long due to appeals.

Jahanzaib Jun 07, 2013 01:14pm

Justice done without taking care of ethnicity, wealth, power is true justice son of king should be treated as son of a labourer. Keep it going fellow men put your part in strengthening Pakistan's institutions.

riz Jun 07, 2013 01:17pm

Pakistan needs to be purified of these illegitimate Nawabs,Waderas and other feudals ,if the country has to develop into a Islamic,democratic,welfare state!I hope the good for nothing police and lower judiciary have done their job properly as regards the evidence and the higher courts dont completely overturn this verdict!

Salman Chand John Jun 07, 2013 01:18pm

Well Done!!! they should be hanged in public. Hats off to our Chief Justice. Shahzeb I am sure you will be happy where ever you are since you are in a much better place than the ones took your precious life. Justice has spoken. May your soul rest in peace brother all our prayers and thoughts with you and your family.

muzammil ullah khan Jun 07, 2013 01:17pm

More than Shahrukh Jatoi , his father should be punished more severely . It is these kind of parents who let their children roam like untamed animals with the notion that they can get away with murder if they have money and power to back them up . Shahrukh Jatoi remained in the hostels of the schools which are mainly for rich and spoiled kids with no parental supervision . The parents are too busy enjoying the frills of power and dont care at all what their kids are doing . I hope other rich parents and their kids learn a lesson from this episode . This is a clear cut case of the evils of"Waderaism". I feel sorry for the murdered kid and his parents but I also feel a strange kind of sympathy for these spoiled kids who became murderers due to total lack of supervision and guidance of their parents.

Kay Jay Jun 07, 2013 01:17pm

They murdered that young boy, who was only 20 years old on the day of his sister's valima!! Being so young themselves, they displayed no characteristics of humanity, killed him in cold blood. imagine what these dangerous boys might be capable of when they grow old. Pakistan's justice system has to prove itself, although the victim was the son of a DSP, i hope justice is served to the family.

Salman Chand John Jun 07, 2013 01:20pm

@EjazAhmed: Totally agree with you, they should not be referred to as Nawab's or even Humans for that matter. Jun 07, 2013 01:21pm

I blame the parents of Shahrukh Jatoi for all the unfortunate happenings. A child is what his or her parents bring out of them. Wealth and liberty can sometimes spoil a child beyond correction. May ALLAH provide this as a lesson to all parents. Sad. Very. Sad.

IMTIAZ KHAN Jun 07, 2013 01:22pm

I hope this decision of justice will prove hinderance in the way of future SHARUKHS killing innocents Shahzebs...well done court