KARACHI: Death row inmate Shahrukh Jatoi, convicted in the infamous Shahzeb Khan murder case, is enjoying lavish perks in Karachi's central jail, DawnNews reported on Friday.
During a programme titled “Exposed”, the anchor shared a video in which Jatoi appears to be making full use of a television, gaming console, air conditioner among other facilities in his death cell — a clear violation of jail rules and procedures.
When contacted to comment on the video, IG Prisons Sindh Nusrat Mangan said he cannot comment on the authenticity of the footage as he was not provided the video before it aired has not seen it.
Jatoi is reportedly enjoying B-category treatment at Karachi jail, despite not being entitled to it.
The IG Prisons said that he will look into the matter and take action against "any irregularities being committed by jail administration".
In the video it is shown that police personnel are deployed at the jail cell where Jatoi is incarcerated, however, the policemen are facilitating luxury treatment for Jatoi rather than keeping an eye on him.
Apex court can take suo motu
Former chief justice of Pakistan Justice (retd) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui, while talking to DawnNews said that according to the jail manual, an inmate on death row cannot be given A or B category facilities.
He went on to say that Supreme Court can take suo motu notice on the amenities reportedly provided to Shahrukh Jatoi.
Siddiqui further said that jail authorities don’t have the right to extend any sort of perks or facilities to the inmates.
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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.