Shahzeb murder case: SHC limits death sentences for Shahrukh Jatoi, Siraj Talpur

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The Sindh High Court has today commuted the death sentences handed to the murderer Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur in the Shahzeb Khan killing case into life imprisonment.

The court announced its verdict on their appeals against conviction in the case. Moreover, two others accused in the murder case, Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari, were sentenced to life in jail.

Their sentences upheld by the court today.

It must be mentioned here that the anti-terrorism court had sentenced Shahrukh Jatoi and his friend Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur to death in June 2013 for murdering young boy Shahzeb Khan on 25 Dec 2012 in the precincts of Defence Housing Authority.

Two other co-accused were awarded with life imprisonment.

In 2013, Khan’s parents had also decided to forgive the perpetrators who killed their son.

Case Details:

In Nov 2017, a two-judge bench of SHC headed by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar had set aside the conviction and sent the case to a sessions court for fresh trial and to decide the compromise as well as other applications with an observation that the offence did not come within the parameters of the ATA.

Later, the sessions court had released Shahrukh and others on bail.

Subsequently, 10 civil society activists challenged the SHC judgement before the Supreme Court after which the apex court converted the appeals into a suo motu case under Article 184(3) of the Constitution and in February 2018, set aside the SHC judgement and remanded the case back to the SHC.

Supreme Court also directed that the appeals be decided by a different bench of the SHC within two months.

Upon the SC’s orders, an SHC bench comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Nazar Akbar, heard the arguments from the lawyers of the accused and reserved its verdict on their appeals on March 11, 2019.