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Pakistan

September 10, 2013

Parents pardon Shahzeb’s killers

Pakistan

Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Karachi
In a shocking development set to raise many eyebrows, the family of Shahzeb Khan, a university student who was shot dead by influential brats after a petty brawl, has forgiven the killers “in the name of Allah”.
The development comes just over three months after two of the murderers were sentenced to death and their two accomplices were given life imprisonments after a lengthy trial in a fast-track court.
On Monday, Shahzeb’s father Aurangzeb Khan, mother Ambreen Aurangzeb and two sisters Maha and Parishay Waqas filed their affidavits in the Sindh High Court, where the appeals of the killers had been pending for months.
The family members submitted they had pardoned the murderers outside the court without any pressure, coercion or interest in the name of Almighty Allah. They claimed to have waived the right to Qisas and Diyat (punishment or blood money) and would have no objections if the court acquitted the appellants “in the larger interest of justice”.
The pleas filed by the complainant’s lawyer would be considered by the court after removal of office objections and fixing it before the court for regular hearing, a court officer told The News.
According to the prosecution, Ghulam Murtaza Lashsari, a domestic helper of Nawab Siraj Talpur, had teased Shahzeb’s sister on December 25, which led to a minor verbal clash between Shahzeb and Lashsari, who was backed by Shahrukh Jatoi, Siraj Talpur and his brother Sajjad Talpur.
The matter was resolved on to intervention of Shahzeb’s father Aurangzeb, but the men followed the boy, who had left his home in his car.Later, two absconding accused – Asif Lund and Salman Jatoi – instigated Shahrukh and Siraj to murder Shahzeb, who was attacked near Mubarak Masjid on Khayaban-e-Bahria and succumbed to his injuries at Ziauddin Hospital.
The cold-blooded murder of Shahzeb, the only son of his parents, had sparked public outrage and vociferous protests by several civil society

groups. Ultimately the Supreme Court took suo moto notice of the incident and ordered the police to arrest the killers and prosecute them without any delays.
Finally on June 7, an anti-terrorism court sentenced Shahrukh and Siraj Talpur to death while Siraj’s brother Sajjad and Lashari were sentenced to life imprisonment.This plea is second such terrorism case which has attracted media attention. Earlier, the extrajudicial killing case of Sarfaraz Shah had made the headlines after the convicts were pardoned by the family of the murdered boy. Sarfaraz’s brother Salik Shah had filed an application under Section 344 (2)(6) of the Criminal Procedure Code, seeking a compromise with the convicts as the family had forgiven the Rangers in the name of Allah.
The appeals of paramilitary soldiers had been also pending with the court and the high court had reserved its judgment.