Place names of Shahzeb’s killers on ECL, orders SC
Top court takes up an application moved by civil society and rights activist against SHC orders that had set aside death sentence handed down to the convicts Shahrukh -Jatoi others) in Shahzeb’s murder case and orders retrial
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday issued bailable arrest warrants for Shahrukh Jatoi, the son of a billionaire, and others in the Shahzeb murder case as it took up an application moved by civil society and rights activist against Sindh High Court (SHC) orders that had set aside death sentence handed down to the convicts and ordered retrial.
The orders came as a three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar started hearing the application. The panel ordered the government to put names of Shahrukh Jatoi, Murtaza Lashari, Siraj Tapur and Sajjad Talpur on the Exit Control List (ECL) so that they Could not LEE Pakistan.
The court also issued notices to all the respondents and ordered the Interior Ministry to send its direction to all the airports in Pakistan. The court has also ORDERED THE police oficials CONCERNED to arrest and produce the accused in front of the SC in Islamabad.
CIVIL society Activists iled A petition just days after the SHC released Shahrukh Jatoi and others on bail.
Jatoi along with Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur were sentenced to death while Siraj’s brother Nawab Sajjad Ali Talpur with his employee Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) on June 7, 2013 for murdering a private university student Shahzaib Khan on December 24, 2012.
The court declared that killing of Shahzeb Khan was a case of “personal vendetta” and ordered that the trial proceedings be remanded back to sessions court for trial.
“WE ind that this was A CASE of personal vendetta hence section 6 of Anti-terrorism Act was misapplied by the police as well as cognizance and trial was not proper,” SHC’S division bench headed by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar observed in its judgment.
On Dec.23, 2017, Shahrukh Jatoi and other defendants in the Shahzeb murder case, were released from custody on bail after Shahzeb’s father submitted An AFIDAVIT In support of THE DEFENDANT’S bail application.
Aurangzeb Khan, the victim’s father, submitted An AFIDAVIT In THE Court, Conirming that HE AND members of his family had pardoned the suspects without any pressure or duress in the name of Allah.