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February 20, 2013

Police finalise charge sheet

February 20, 2013


Police on Tuesday finalised their charge sheet against four suspects in Shahzeb Khan’s murder case.
Special Public Prosecutor Abdul Maroof will submit the charge sheet to an anti-terrorism court after its scrutiny.
Shahrukh Jatoi, Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur, his brother Nawab Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari, an employee of the Talpur brothers, have been accused of killing private university student Shahzeb Khan, 20, after a brawl in Phase V, DHA, on December 25.
The investigation officer submitted the charge sheet to the ATC on Tuesday, mentioning that the four accused had been arrested, while another four men, Asif Lund, Suleman Jatoi, Nawab Ali Jatoi and Khurrum, facing charges of harbouring the accused, were still at large and efforts were being made to arrest them.
Police have mentioned 53 witnesses, including four eyewitnesses, in the charge sheet to prove the guilt of the accused.
Maroof requested the court to grant him time to go through and scrutinise the charge sheet so that it could be submitted after the removal of any legal defects.
ATC judge Ghulam Mustufa Memon accepted the request, and directed the special public prosecutor to submit the charge sheet after its scrutiny within the stipulated time.
The coldblooded murder of Khan, son of DSP Aurangzeb Khan, and the initial police reluctance to arrest the suspects sparked public outrage and protest demonstrations by civil society. The Supreme Court took suo moto notice of the incident and ordered the police to arrest the culprits without any delay.
Jatoi’s father, Sikandar Ali Jatoi, whose name was included in the FIR as co-accused, was later released for want of evidence.

Man gets 4.5 years
A man was sentenced to four and a half years in prison by a judicial magistrate on Tuesday for robbing a citizen and possessing an unlicensed weapon.
In its verdict, the court of Judicial Magistrate (South) Hatim Aziz Solangi announced two jail terms –

three years under Section 392 of the Pakistan Penal Code for looting a law-abiding citizen at gunpoint and one and a half years under Section 13D for possessing an unlicensed pistol.
The convict, Hamid Khan, had snatched a cell phone and other valuables from the complainant, Javed Haider, near Taj Medical Complex in Saddar on December 28, 2011.

Court work disrupted
The sit-ins staged by the Shia community on some major roads of the city caused activity at the lower courts to remain largely suspended on Tuesday.
No under-trial prisoners were brought to the Malir Courts. Around 262 under-trial prisoners were brought from the central jail to the City Courts buildings, but no case could be heard.
Fifteen prisoners (including five female and two cases in which remand was sought) were brought from the juvenile jail, but taken back without any hearings.
Many lawyers and employees were also unable to attend the courts.