Murdered in cold blood: For Sindh's feudals, Karachi lives come cheap

Published: December 27, 2012

Despite the fact that Shahzeb’s father himself is a police officer, there is little the police have done so far to catch the murderers. PHOTO: FILE


Shahzeb Khan didn’t even get time to change the clothes he wore to his sister’s valima. He was in his dark grey dress shirt and trousers when four 9mm bullets pierced through his car – a gleaming blue Swift which was an early birthday gift from his parents, and entered his body, eventually killing this popular 20 year old.

The car which had somersaulted after the shooting near Mubarak Masjid in Karachi’s upmarket Defence area on Tuesday morning, now stands silent opposite the Darakhshan Police Station, a sad reminder of what the spoilt young sons of feudal landlords can do if they or their friends are challenged.

Ironically, Shahzeb Khan, the only son of his parents, was shot dead because of a small argument. He and his sister had just returned to their home in the Country Club Apartments from the wedding when a servant living in the building teased his sister. Shahzeb raised his voice against the harassment. But this did not sink in well with the harasser’s master, one Nawab Siraj Talpur. A fight broke out soon after, but Shahzeb’s father, DSP Aurangzeb, jumped in and quickly resolved the dispute, and the two men left on a good note.

Everything seemed normal. Soon after, Shahzeb decided to have tea with his friends. But the feud wasn’t over in Talpur’s mind till then. As an oblivious Shahzeb drove in his car near Mubarak Masjid, Talpur and his friend Shahrukh Jatoi followed him, along with Jatoi’s armed guards. Police say that in an act of cold-bloodedness, they then allegedly fired four bullets into Shahzeb’s car, leaving him severely injured, and eventually dead.

Soon enough after the incident, the two criminals and their families conveniently escaped to Sukkur. Despite the fact that Shahzeb’s father himself is a police officer, there is little the police have done so far to catch the murderers.

The devastated father of the young victim, Aurangzeb, clad in mourning black clothes, said taking lives in the city had become so easy for people who have strong political backgrounds and power.  “I had settled the dispute. Then why was my son killed like this. This is the brutal reign of the feudals. They don’t spare anyone.”

FIR 519 under murder case 302 has been registered at the Darakhshan Police Station against the two accused and their guards. Initially, the family had a hard time registering the case owing to political pressure coming from other end. However, Investigation officer Murtaza told The Express Tribune that a joint team under SI Chaudhry Nafees had been formed to look into the case. Some say this is a mere formality and nothing will come of this.

“We have requested the FIA to put the names of the accused on the ECL.” The officer said that such open use of arms across the city had become common. “For students and young adults, carrying guns has become a trend. Fights break out and the first thing children do is take out guns on one another. Parliamentarians and influentials travel in the city with their guards pointing guns at others and no one can do anything. Their children do the same.”

The tragic death of this media sciences student at Greenwich University sent shockwaves.  Loved ones who remember Shahzeb for his cute smile, created a page “In Memory of Shahzeb Khan” to seek justice for the act. In just thirteen hours since the page was created, 2,500 people had joined, with dozens leaving messages of ‘I’ll miss your smile, RIP and you were a real soldier, you stood up for the wronged.”

Close university friend Saad Jan, who had just arrived from visiting his friend’s grave said that Shahzeb was the person who would always stand up for others. Another friend, Fahad Wakeel said that he was always remembered for his good nature.

Shahzeb’s uncle, Jahanzaib said: “For him everything ended with a smile. Even when he was leaving from the valima, and I saw him for the last time, he smiled and joked with my daughters and went away, leaving us forever.”

The police suspect that the boys aged 20 or 23, are on their way to Sukkur. So far two people, alleged to be Jatoi’s guards, have been arrested. But even the police are now taking sides. SSP Investigation Faizullah Karejo said that the boys knew each other and were in a fight from before. “The parents had to intervene and everything was settled,” he said. “However, the boys started to fight again and Jatoi shot Shahzeb four times as he sat in his car to go to a friend’s house.”  He added that Jatoi was in the city for winter break and is studying in Malaysia.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (217)

  • Chimichanga
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:15AM

    Sad indeed. Can we personalize the death of people dying all over Pakistan too from target killing and drone strikes too or is it reserved for our upper classes?


  • Sindh_voice
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:57AM

    Title is derogatory and report is unfair. ET should take notice of it. Instead of putting two parties in focus, and report facts, here it seems an effort to put blame on whole Sindh and all Feudals. Good and bad people are every, you cant generalize to whole community. This is not reporting but hate campaign. Many Sindhis has been killed in recent days, but no one put it as blame as Sindhi lives come cheap in Karachi?? My humble request is that ET should correct it please.


  • Shahid
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:37AM

    Feudal need to be caught and hanged. Such a shame that we are still ruled by feudals. Can the anti-feudal parties and civil society raise a voice for this poor boy?


  • Helix
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:56AM

    The sight of blood does not faze Pakistanis. It causes almost no revulsion in a society so used to seeing blood spilled every single day. Even a simple argument can turn deadly with no repercussions.


  • Rafi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:59AM

    Raise the law so that it applies to everyone without fear or favour.
    This is the only solution to all our problems.


  • B+
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:09AM

    Everyone in Pakistan wants to prove that he is more bharambaz then anyone else…Recommend

  • Masood Khan
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:02AM

    Why to bring in drone attacks; the terrorists who are hiding in tribal areas are responsible for drone attacks. As govt’ writ doesn’t exist over there, that’why drones are an evil necessity.Recommend

  • QB
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:07AM

    If this is true than no less then public hanging for this beast.


  • chimgaadarr
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:16AM

    … Supreme Court? … Suo Moto? … against this Culture of Impunity …


  • make an example
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:33AM

    This brutal act must not go unpunished and while we are at it, why don’t we deweaponize Pakistan.


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 8:36AM

    An act of arrogance and greed. This is an embodiment of the vile mentality of people ruling the country. They obviously do not consider a human as a human, but a mongrel, and continue to have unrestricted freedom from the law.
    Getting backed up by guards, killing in cold blood, and then escaping to Sukkar is what they do to avoid arrest.
    May Allah Almighty rest Shahzeb Khan in peace and Paradise. Salams


  • Pakistani
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:42AM

    Chimichanga, people like you are pathetic, someone died and you have to put in a senseless unrelated comment. A human life was lost and that is a tragedy. This article is not about drone attacks or other target killings so don’t drag that in here.
    What have you done for people who are dying in target killing and drone attacks?


  • Aamer Khawaja
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:48AM

    Is this the thousands of years old sindhi culture and civilization that sindhi’s boast about all the time. Then its sick and this civilization and its culture should be destroyed


  • USMAN786
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:50AM

    Sad. Police officers playing in the hands of feudal and politicians must have realised now.


  • Taj
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:57AM

    Both killers should be arrested immediately, if due to political influence police is facing problem then this is the right case where CJ should take notice and give justice to parents of young man. ET please keep us aware of the developments in the case, this way we all can pressurize police to take action against the culprits.


  • Karachitite
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:21AM

    It is very sad that this young man lost his life and the pain for his family must be terrible. from what I’ve read in the media I thought “feudals” lived in fortress like houses with 20ft high walls and barbed wire. I didn’t know they live in flats… does the country club apartment complex have a separate building or area for them to keep their private jails and personal armies?


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 9:39AM

    Really sad. Even the DSP’s family is not safe in the city, what is to be expected for the powerless people?


  • Question
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:45AM

    The fact that ET runs this story on top of its website only shows that how exclusive, cut-off, and oblivious our media is getting everyday and especially ET..


  • RizwanTKhan
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:54AM

    And still people want to vote for PPP, MQM, PML-N etc. How many lives we have to lose to awake us and stop voting for these vultures. If we want a change, life security, development, then we have to get rid of these barbarians, or else, keep losing your sons/fathers and witness the rapes of sisters/mothers.


  • Asif Soomro
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:57AM

    The matter seems so simple, but it is not so simple indeed, he was son of a police wala, and the sons of police walas are not so naive to tolerate the such matters so simply. needs a proper investigation, but ultimately it should not lead to murder.Recommend

  • AA
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:01AM

    Arrest the killer and hang him in public


  • AK
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:01AM

    so sad.


  • Mirza
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:10AM

    This is what we call “the land of pure”.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Mughal
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Very sad indeed, it is even more sad that these culprits will never be caught because of the system we have !
    Allah will give justice to Shahzeb, InshAllah !


  • samir
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:19AM

    @ karachite The culprits didnt use to live at country club they use to live in a bunglow near country club this boy shahzeb used to live in country club.The culprits use to sit at the parking of country club where they use to drink


  • ahmed mian
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:22AM

    “democracy by feudals is the best revenge”


  • M
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Must talk of every incident eventually lead to comparisons with drone strikes? Every death is tragic.While no one is denying the cruelty associated with drone strikes, they shouldn’t make individual incidents of crime matter any less.
    Should we stop paying attention to the murders and brutality that happen throughout the country and let criminals roam free, because a foreign country is is bombing regions that our locals have no control over?

    And finally, if you want personalised reports of drone/target killing victims, why don’t you make arrangements to personally report them? Someone has to do it.
    Target killing and genocide is bad. But we cannot desensitize ourselves to individual crime events over it.


  • Sab33N
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:29AM

    Ever since this governemnt took charge, these fuedals have started considering themselves Gods .. They roam around the city as if they own each and every one of us .. My father in law witnessed harrasment when he tried to confront a fuedal and some of his security guards; when they smashed into his standing car on a red light .. the security guard pointed a gun at my old father in law and told him to leave quitely if he wanted to live .. Same thing happend to me near Gizri when one of the seucity guards sitting on a four wheeler having tinted windows starting abusing me because I wouldnt let them through .. This is sindh and sindhi culture for you .. sigh .. Every single time PPP comes into power one way or the other, these fuedals come out and run riots & havoc around the city Recommend

  • Karachitite
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:42AM

    I remember a couple of years back the son of a famous jeweller was drunk and followed a “feudal” home from a party and shot the “feudal’s” gatekeeper and brother…. and then escaped… but not to sukkar… the jeweller’s son escaped to Dubai….


  • Zalim singh
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:42AM

    looks fake to me.


  • blah
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:44AM

    @Karachitite: don’t be so naive, we all know they have flats and other such places apart from their big houses and fortresses for their various “other” activities which they prefer to keep out of their “prestigious and honorable” family homes


  • MAD
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:46AM

    This problem has been compounded since 2008. A driver yelled at me near Bilawal house cause i was being cautious on a U turn in heavy traffic. This was 2008. Since then all sorts of large 4×4 vehicles plod along our streets with little regard to traffic rules, have heard stories about other drivers being beaten up for being slow or for just looking at one of these “royal princes” A sad state of affairs here on our streets.


  • Umair
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:59AM

    The sardar of Jatois ” Ibrahim Jataoi” just live in fromt of Country Club Appartments, now how he will pressurise Shazaib’s Parents we all know.

    RIP Shazeb God bless you.


  • Sufi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:00AM

    Even the indians that we hate for all the wrong reasons are better human beings than us. The entire nation came out for a helpless girl who was raped recently. Cant we protest against this? How long is this nation going to sleep over injustice. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.


  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:01AM

    Again, we witness another killing by feudal “lords!” When would we ever realize that feudal “aristocrats” and feudalism are real problems that must be gotten rid of? Who is going to bell the cat? How?


  • ManofSteel!
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:11AM

    the best we can do, or maybe the first thing the one close to the murderer should do is socially boycott him – and if he’s gutsy enough hand him over to the police!


  • usman
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:14AM

    Would this article be even printed if the victim was not the son of DSP. The same DSP would not have registered the FIR if it was some common man’s son.


  • Hassan Tariq
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:14AM

    There is no place for feudal lords in pakistan Period


  • Anum
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:22AM

    A few days back armed men entered the trauma centre of JPMC and shot down an injured man in the hospital. It is not my point whether the shot man had any political affiliations or not, my point is just that it sends chills down my back when I saw the fearless look of the assailant who had shot down the man, and that too in a hospital. I don’t think the assailants would have any fear in shooting anyone, even common people, if they had come out to help the person being shot. And that is what the root the problem is in Karachi, no person has any fear of being caught by the police, and getting justice for the dozens killed every day has become a far fetched dream.

    Where will it all end to? Do the government or politicians care?


  • Truth teller
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:25AM

    You have manipulated and left out lot of fact that i had garnered from the eye witnesses.manipulative,deceptive media content


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 11:26AM

    ET you have a social responsibility to follow up on this story and ensure action is taken against the culprits.


  • Zain
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:27AM

    the criminal feudal wadera will not be harmed as the feudals rule this country especially sindh and they consider karachi as their occupied land


  • sick of this nonsense
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:33AM

    I condemn this act but what do you mean Sindh feudals? Doesnt Karachi fall in Sindh? Why the hate campaign against Sindhis. I agree that the “wadairas” have completely lost it but please dont derogate the whole community. Its like calling all muslims terrorists.


  • bilal
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:39AM

    i knew shahzeb from couple of years amazing personality. it’s been few days that he left us but still we can’t believe that he is no more between us, during this government era they have enlightened the fire by giving the Sindhi feudalism powers and weapons to take anyone life without realizing how their family will suffer. We will continue to protest unless the culprits are hanged and justice is provided to shahzeb family and friends.


  • osama
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:41AM

    tribune..the title is very, very troubling. please change it..
    why put in the karachi vs sindhi color..this is very, very irresponsible.
    tribune is being managed by amateurs


  • aam aadmi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:43AM

    The feudal sympathizers must help in finding the culprits and getting them caught. And do something so that these gun carrying trigger happy SOBs can learn to control the misuse of their daddies power and position.


  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:46AM

    Very sad but the murderers are never gonna be arrested!!!! Mark my words!


  • Shahid Ashraf
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:46AM

    All deaths are not numbers or statistics but humans. I agree. But it’s not possible to personalise each and every death when the number of people dying is so high. It’s sad but my point here is don’t make such demands. It has to start from somewhere and some incidents become a point of change. Like Malala, Bilour or may be Shahzeb.


  • Ali Ahmed
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:54AM

    They are feudal, it’s their right to do this, what do you guys think it will lead anywhere? If you don’t remember DHA Karachi has the highest number of Rape-cases registered in the city and all ever pointed out were from feudal backgrounds (remember corolla case? Recent incident happened near mohatta palace another feudal son, do you even know about this, no because it was never reported or registered).
    Whether it’s the dignity of your sisters or the life of yours nothing matters and facts prove that what I am saying is true.


  • AA
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:59AM

    During the Ottoman Era before Suleman the Magnificent the ruler at that time had a son. He once had a friendly dual with a jew opponent. He lost to the jew opponent, but the shame did not hold him back and knowing that his father was the ruler of the ottoman empire, he didn’t hesitate and killed the jew opponent. His father learned of this and himself ordered that his son be beheaded in the same manner. After that he was severely grieved that he himself died and so did his wife. The moral of this real story is justice even if it be against your own. We are all humans and then muslims its so easy to take life that i’m ashamed of what we have done to this country. Up to the seventies and early eighties it was thriving and developing and has been going in negative growth ever since.

    We have lost all forms of humanity. Capital punishment should be carried out against the killers.


  • MAD
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:05PM

    @Zalim singh:

    here. a link to the memorial page.
    So you still think its fake?


  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:07PM

    @Hassan Tariq:
    What do you mean? Feudals own Pakistan, period.Recommend

  • Khalq e Khuda
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:08PM

    It is mind blowing that though extremely tragic Express Tribune blankets everything in racist tone. Feudalist mind set of Sindh is indeed problem however, the usage of Sindhi feudal is laced with a racist Sindhi-Muhajir streak.

    Let me tell you dear reporter, that for the feudal in Sindh. the Sindhi life comes just as cheap but that wouldn’t make it to the fornt of Express Tribune.

    Ps: Nothing should mislead anyone that the culprits need to be protected on any count.


  • Bilal
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:11PM

    What a cheap piece of Journalism. The person who wrote this article seems to have made up his mind about who is innocent and who is the culprit before the judge did it. Only facts should have been presented instead of a judgement.
    Just as Feudals treat life of others as if it doesnt matter, in Pakistan sons of Police officers do the same! Its a case of the kettle calling the pot black.


  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:20PM

    Needs citation!


  • omz
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:21PM

    catch them, and chop them up limb by limb, bone by bone in a public execution. Public executions is the only way this country will learn. Murderers and terrorists alike should be executed publicly, in the most gruesome and painful way possible. Their screams should be audible and amplified by loud speakers. This is what this country deserves.


  • Hafsa
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:23PM

    This is an extreme shock…!! And, so disturbing…!!
    We talk about de-weaponizing the state but things have now moved beyond this argument…!!
    I guess weapons should now be available to each and everyone now..!! For the fact that the person who is coward enough to shoot you, will then have fire to get shot down too.
    For Shahzeb…
    I would just say that may you get high levels in Jannah and your murderers might not be guilty here but there, in the next world..they will surely be punished.
    May his parents especially her mother can bear this huge loss.


  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:26PM

    @Khalq e Khuda:
    You are right not only for Sindhi feudals Sindhi lives come cheap but for feudals anywhere in Pakistan lives and honor come cheap.


  • Muhammad Adnan
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:26PM

    Dear I personally have witnessed such violations/behaviour 2-3 times on the roads of karachi & also in rural sindh. This behaviour of them is very condemnable


  • Lazarus
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:31PM

    A great friend lost for raising his voice for Injustice, Anybody would have done that if someone did with that his own sister. I can still remember the school memories my bro. May your soul REST IN PEACE and the people who have done this to you shall suffer from Azaab e Ilahi


  • Samina Azhar
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:43PM

    For ALL Feudals – ALL lives come cheap…. that is Feudalism 101


  • Amiruddin
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:45PM

    @Masood Khan: Drone? what they have to do it it? Seems you had weeds in breakfast?


  • Flipside
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:48PM

    This kid was from my university and was a good kid, what has happened is a shame and people need to be held accountable for this and these fuedals need to learn a lesson once and for all.


  • Mubashrah
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:53PM

    this is brutal!
    murderers should be punished ;devoid of belonging from the political backgrounds!


  • bilal
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:16PM

    the government is sleeping from so many years why don’t the quit when they can’t handle the situation.


  • Anonymous
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:19PM

    what a sad end to a beautiful life because of guns and arrogenceRecommend

  • Saim Baig
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:21PM

    Very sad incident!! Shows the intolerant feudal mindset.


  • PakArmySoldier
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:28PM

    We need someone like V for Vendetta to take each of these people out. There are right-wing reactionaries and I think there is high-time for left-wing militias to weed out these people.


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 1:35PM


    This shows the mindset of feudals, they think they own everything and everyone just like their lands.


  • Farhan
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:39PM

    A very intolerant society with little regard to life. Ignorance now permeates our homes where parents too are losing moral ground. Sad for all but saddest for those who lose loved ones.


  • Akbar Baloch
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:42PM

    RIP brother…
    but what about the others being targeted everyday and media only shows only the quantity killed toady and yesterday coz they r not living in dha or nt a police officer’s son
    Can we personalize the death of people dying all over Pakistan too from target killing and drone strikes too or is it reserved for our upper classes?
    Think of it


  • Motasim Ahmed
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:43PM

    For God sake ” hang them in Public ” or NUKE us for lasting silence.


  • Asad
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:48PM

    We badly need to push for capital punishment in all murder cases for a decade. This will straighten up the mess of lawlessness and structurally revamp the fear of law in people’s minds.


  • Zee
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:55PM

    May mothers and sisters of shahrukh jatoi and that talpur kid feel the same way soon like shahzebs mother sisters n family did. May they get killed even brutally. They think they have become gods but their loved ones will be taken away in a worse manner. And to all those who are saying that its fake. Get your facts right before writing insensitive comments or just dont comment at all. And to all those who are getting offended by title of the article then pls know this act was done by sindhi feudals. If u are such a nice sindhi why dont you then go help shahazebs family in finding the murderers and prove it that all sindhis arent alikr. M a SINDHI too. And at every given point how we all sindhis like to bribe the system we all know it. So ashamed. And also to those who saying there should be investigation and its a one sided story. Whatever the reason be. MURDER IS A MURDER. THEY KILLED A YOUNG GUY OF A FAMILY because he just swore some words at them


  • Light
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:03PM

    “what you do…comes back to you….”

    Food for thought… Think again…think hard…


  • moeed
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:08PM

    may Allah give his family the power to bear this loss and also give punishment to the people who are involved


  • patriot
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:20PM

    and people here on tribune say why the youth supports Imran Khan. My answer to them is ‘See that is why!’


  • justice cho
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:26PM

    need suo moto action here


  • M. Aamir Khan
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:40PM

    What we can say this is just brutality we always raise voice against brutality and injustice in Kashmir, Palestine etc but look what is happening in our own country. I know the real culprits will be free and two guards will take the responsibility. There is no justice and law in country we saw Jang Group reporter Wali Khan Baber Shaheed shot dead in presence of many people and despite of strong support of Jang group culprits and their allied are free and also killed 6 eyewitnesses which includes 3 policeman.


  • Balach Khan Baloch
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:47PM

    I want to hug his family specialy his mom <3Recommend

  • Morons
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Wow..MQM is so true that people not having a permanent address of Karachi should not be able to vote. See these maniacs came from Sukkur killed our Karachite brother and went away again to security in their native city. No one outside Karachi should be able to vote in Karachi!!! Kick these feudals out from MY city.Recommend

  • Noor
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:16PM

    A highly ethnic new put forward not by a journalist of substance but by a member of some anti-Sindhi nuts’ club.

    These efforts by the NYT’s subsidiary newspaper in Pakistan are aimed at further fragmentation of the society on ethnic lines and to flare up ethnic sentiments ahead of the elections. This may lead to a show-down in Karachi, where the Army is about to conduct a voters’ confirmation “door-to-door” campaign.


  • h.shah
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:19PM

    First of all I am extremely sad for shahzeb and his parents who lost their son for no reason the person who did it surely has no heart. However this I EXSTREMELY RIDICULOUS OF TRIBUNE EXPRESS TO BLAME SINDHI LORDS
    there are thousandss of ppeople killed inthis country every year and most of them targets of the dominant karachites (dont want to name the party)
    However no one has really blamed a certain ethnic group coz of that !! There are good and bad people in every community. So the writer should first grow up and then come up with writing here . We all feel sad for the sufferers but that doesn’t mean u put up such hate speech gainst all the sindhi lords !
    Get a life.

    May Allah give Shahzeb highest place in Jannah ands give his family courage to face it.


  • Amna
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:22PM

    I strongly agree with the title wonder why people are indirectly sympathetic to these feudal’s wake up people there is no doubt about the fact that these spoiled feudal’s are seen on the Posh roads of Karachi with their guards to show off power they often misuse their power and Police doesn’t do anything to them why because most of them are related to xyz MNA MPA. How easily a life is taken by these feudal’s and how easily they managed to escape to their village. Sadly in my City Karachi no one is safe not even a DSP officers ONLY son Shahzeb Khan. I may not know you dear but you share my brothers name may you rest in Peace! Down with the Wadery Ka Beta ideology !


  • Baig
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:52PM

    I am surprised that a son of a police officer owned a Swift of his own, an apartment at Country Club and was studying in Greenwich University. How much are they paying the Police force these days? Or the income is from somewhere else?


  • Anon.
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:54PM

    So much of tragedy in the face of such happiness must be crumbling. I really hope and pray God gives his family patience and the will power to over-come this awful episode.

    This article is extremely biased in nature. Generalizing “feudals” and calling them derogatory names is unprofessional.
    The Jatoi in question here is not a feudal, but the son of an industrialist and a businessman. So, it deems the title out of context.
    Who is to say that he meant to kill the guy? He meant to murder him? He was completely drunk. Maybe he didn’t mean it. Maybe he was just trying to show his guts and shoot at the car.. And as a result of pure bad luck, that poor kid got shot.
    There are no eye witness accounts; nothing. How can such a massive charge be based upon word of mouth?

    Blaming someone like this is completely against Islam. Innocent until proven guilty. People need to stop talking about these families in such a way.

    It is not necessarily a first degree murder charge. Probably manslaughter. So, please. Remove this article as it is very unfair and out rightly wrong.


  • Magg
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:58PM


    Maybe when one of these feudal lords murder your own family member, then wll you understand the pain and grievance one has to go pass. Believe you will the among the many raising voices against them today.


    I can assure you that this is not a first time has such crime being commited by a feudal lord, 3 years an innocent helpless servant was brutally murdered by Bugti’s (unfortunately which went unreported because the police refuses to file a case against them). Incidently the same member of the family Taleh Bugti was then shot at some dance party roughly a yr back. This is how Allah makes them pay back for the innocent blood that they have shed.

    May Allah give his family all the strength to cope up with this tragic loss. Amen


  • MN
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:02PM

    People who think its a hate campaign need to realize that someone’s life was lost. He meant the world to his family so many people lost their everything. All you can do is sit here and complain about the title. You cant change the fact that the boys who shot him belonged to feudal backgrounds. Why were they carrying weapons? Who allowed them? Is it legal for them? If you say he was the son of a DSP n can’t be naive then y wasn’t he carrying a weapon? Why didn’t he shoot them? They were from the feudal background and THEY WERE WRONG. They should be hanged in public. Just keep yourself in his family’s shoes and then think what you would do in such a situation. What if the servant teased your sister? Would you sit and enjoy the moment? Have a heart and don’t be ridiculous. Don’t try to ignite this Sindhi karachite crap!


  • JazbatiJhaaru
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:09PM

    More so than the story itself, its the comments that make me sad.


  • Taha
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:18PM

    2008, the year when feudals became gods.


  • Rani
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:24PM

    I’m a Sindhi from a feudal family and I condemn this, and all such acts. All of us are not same.


  • Ateeq
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Far be it for anyone to point out that killing people is wrong. What a stupid country full of stupid people who have time to write about tragedy from their home laptops but not get out of their arm chairs to stop a system breeding a bunch of stupid uneducated feudal pipsqueaks that have no sense of civil society or decency. Not only should the criminals be locked up but so should their parents.

    This country DESERVES what has happened to it because until the awam and educated upper class gets up and marches, nothing will change.


  • Atif
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:27PM

    If a DSP is not getting justice and his own son got shot, so hpow on this earth a normal person can get justice in Pakistan? in other words, jis mulk ke Muhafiz hi zulm ka shukar hongay woh aur logon ko tahfffuz kese dengey?

    thank you PPP, for such an outstanding performance in these 4.5 years LOL



  • Hayaa Khurshid
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:30PM

    I know this family personally as I live in the same building, shazie grew up in front of me, and was my little brothers friend. He did not deserve this. Nobody deserves this. My heart bleeds for his sister, who in her valima dress kept crying out, screaming ‘my brother died because of me’. Talpur should be arrested, feudal lord be damned.


  • random
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Kudos to ET for having the guts to publish this article in such detail, hope Shazeb’s killers are brought to justice. The feudal class is a curse, at the same level as extremists.Recommend

  • Sarah
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:35PM

    @Karachiite Country Club Apartments are a posh defence apartment complex like creek vista. many well-off people reside there. However many waderas also have side apartments where they go to party and drink away from there families.


  • Asma
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:42PM

    A peaceful protest ‘Justice for Shahzeb Khan’ is being planned this Sunday for our hero, please come forward, join hands and do this for Shahzeb. Please spread the word. Location would be the Karachi Press Club.
    Agar Bharat itna pasand hai toh wahin chale jao, but WE are protesting. Don’t make inappropriate comments please.


  • Fiz
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:53PM

    I see some ppl getting upset by the use of some words & their disagreement about how the events been described but the fact remains that the boy was killed eventually by the other party & no matter how the feud started or what led to the event it still doesn’t justify taking someone’s life. This matter may not have been highlighted so much in a law abiding society where the law enforcing agencies aren’t serving the rich & powerful & although i agree its not right to generalise but its also not a hidden fact that the majority of these big shots in Sind are the feudals. They are used to mindless killing between their clans. Therefore its high time we mend our ways (includes our police who provide cheap security to them instead of protecting the common citizens) as this feudal mindset is not just limited to their villages & haris no more. Their barely literate ‘un’educated sons are following their forefathers footsteps & spreading menace in the cities too. It’s not the poor this time, the children of a lesser God but your own sons & brothers….


  • SZ
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Finish carrying of arms, come down hard on the public, public hanging for the filth (read cowards) that has infiltrated the city.
    How much longer will people stay quiet??


  • Badr Siddiqui
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Saddening news, may his soul in peace and his family and friends have patience to overcome this ordeal.

    I know from living in apartments adjacent to Country Club for the past 15 years that feudal own quite a few flats in the city which they visit after crop harvests in summer and winter breaks. Their blatant disregard for social and moral values are cause of discomfort for other residents of apartment complexes.

    Usually these guys would:
    1. Not pay water & maintenance bills
    2. Park their 4WDs and accompanying Vigoes on main roads
    3. Employ a number of servants and guards, who create a nuisance for residents like eve teasing, stalking and staring
    4. Bring prostitutes and drinks through main apartment lobbies
    5. Public display of assault rifles, AK47s and hand guns

    I’m not saying that all of them are same but most of them indulge in one or more factors listed above.


  • sal
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Can we really support a democracy based on feudal aristocracy? They are gods on the earth , untouchable, and unaccountable. Real land reforms are needed for a prosperous country and a just society.


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 5:19PM

    military operation in Sukkur?


  • MA
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:27PM

    It is sad that the law is different for the politically influential people and the masses. Only when this is changed can we expect some justice for people like Shahzeb who are killed everyday in such incidents.

    Abolish the VVIP culture, nobody should be above law, these small time politicians should not get full security and protocol and police protection and be allowed to spend tax payers’ money this way and there should be checks and balances on the guns that everyone carries so freely around here. I know it is wishful thinking but I do hope one day all this can change so that people do not have to die in vain.

    And for people saying that people are dying from target killings and drone strikes, a life is a life and no life is less important, whether it be of anyone belonging to any strata or any class or creed. Some might get reported, others not, but that doesn’t mean that either is less important.


  • Anonymous T
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:39PM

    These animals should be hanged to death….where is the police? where is the judiciary? Anyone from these authorities to clarify what they intend to do about this?


  • KS
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Everybody knows what feuals are like! And all these ppl defending them…. have u guys been living under a rock?


  • Zubair
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:50PM

    While this boy’s murder is tragic and despicable, I’m surprised nobody has noticed that his father is a DSP, whose average salary is around 50000/month but he can still afford to, a) give his son a Swift worth roughly 1.4 million as a birthday present, and b) live in the up-scale Country Club Apartments. In all fairness, this sounds like a classic case of the chickens coming home to roost. Again, I’m not trying to downplay the gravity of the murder or the fact that his family deserves to get justice, but merely giving everyone some food for thought.


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 6:14PM

    @Rafi: The ones in charge of that are the ones against it, the whole government, the majority of people, all corrupt, only a few million good people in Pakistan, but we must not lose hope.
    we cannot just depend on a party or anyone :/ but yeah we must act ourselves before telling others to.

    “If you don’t become an actor you’ll never be a factor.”


  • Hammad Shahid
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:19PM

    We want justice


  • Kanwal
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:20PM

    u mean it could be the other way round too? the murdered boy being the culprit and the murderer being innocent? oh yes! you have got a point boy!


  • Hasan Mehmood
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Can we personalize the death of people dying all over Pakistan too from target killing and drone strikes too or is it reserved for our upper classes?

    Yes we can. If someone can dare enter the drone zone or allowed to enter by Taliban, take pictures, do background checks, interview the family and piece together a human interest story.

    BUT EVEN THE MOST HARSH CRITIC OF DRONES AND THE STRONGEST SUPPORTERS / APOLOGISTS OF TALIBAN HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO SO. THAT’S WHY WE DON’T HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE “In memory of drone victims” in spite of almost universal condemnation of drone strikes.Recommend

  • Saif
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:36PM

    “personal” conflicts are portrayed as “ethinic”. And give same love and coverage to those innocent poor peoples as well who are killed on daily basis but dont a “DSP” father who can speak for them. They are human too.Recommend

  • Aries
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:41PM

    The Chief Minister of Sindh should intervene, and order an immediate arrest. This is no time to play politics. The Rule of Law must be supreme.


  • kaizen
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:46PM

    After learning about the peaceful protest being conducted for Shahzeb, me & my family members have decided, along with my 77 year old grandad, to participate and raise our voices against this feudal mindset that has ruined the lives of many.. I strongly urge to all people to come forward and lets not just participate but fight for justice. Today it was Shahzeb Khan, tomorrow it could be one of us r one of ours. Looking at people’s sentiments, it is quite evident that every single person is not only disturb over this tragedy but also hankering after bringing the culprits to justice without any further delay. Please come forward and join this movement. If we cant join each other over these unfortunate, untimely and unjustified incidents then how could we ever liberate ourselves from the feudal and corrupt mindset that we ourselves have imposed upon us.


  • zingeratta
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:47PM

    this is a heart wrenching story and whoever was behind it deserves salute. as a student i have seen such brats threatening us by their guns and no one can do anything. we all need to highlight such issues. thanks to the newspaper and the person behind it.


  • wakeup call
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @Asif Soomro:
    first of all, it is unethical to speak about someone who is already dead. Secondly,we all know that these Sindhi feudal lords have always created problems in our city. I was wondering that why do we only have a “SINDHI TOPI DAY”, isn’t it just another way of telling the rest of the nation that these SINDHI’S are superior than us. if celebrating such a day is just another way of promoting their culture, then why not Punjabi, Balochi, Pathan or Mujahir day.
    The reason why this poor boy got shot, was that because he tried guarding his honor, whereas these filthy minded men keep their female family members all guarded safely in their house and harass every other woman. Sadly, people come up with such lame excuses that the boy must have done something wrong just because he was the son of some police wala!!!


  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:56PM

    Both killers should be arrested immediately, if due to political influence police is facing problem then this is the right case where CJ should take notice and give justice to parents of young man. ET please keep us aware of the developments in the case, this way we all can pressurize police to take action against the culprits


  • rafiq
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:58PM

    khi need a massive brutual operation and has to be weapon free city ASAP


  • MN
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Its not necessary that of he’s a DSP he would be poor. Some people from good established families are also part of our police. Kindly focus on the problem rather than giving food for thought.


  • wakeup call
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:00PM

    one should not judge what the family owns. the issue here is that a 20 year old got shot dead.They are not liable to answer such question.People should think before they post.Had it been some other way of income then he wouldn’t have been dead as he must have had a police protocol or private guards along with him all the time.


  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:14PM

    All people of karachi, including MQM, ANP must come out, to catch these killers
    we must do some thing
    not just sitting in home
    we have to save our children from these Fuedals, let Karachi people unite, and attack on these fuedals, living in karachi
    Police can not do ant thing
    CJ must come out


  • shahid
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Interestingly the killer has been studying in Malaysia but apparently learned nothing about how Law is resprcted in Malaysia.


  • Najaf
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:21PM



  • MN
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:25PM

    its not necessary k a DSP has to be poor. some people from good, established families are part of our police too who can afford all such luxuries. kindly focus on the problem not on providing food for thought.
    I agree with the fact that all sindhis can’t be blamed. some i know personally are extremely polite and humble but the two involved in this should be punished.


  • Asad Rehman
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:27PM

    As an urdu speaker, i claim that Karachi is a part of Sindh, will always be. The writer happens to be the relative hence the blatant outrageous biased article.Recommend

  • Sabah Nour
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:36PM

    I’m against the feudal system. But it has a strong hold in Pakistan, not easy to omit. Sigh !


  • Bilal Aftab
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:49PM

    wHY not we all can get together and raise our voice against such incidents. I appeal to family and friends of Shahzeb Khan to rasie the voice for justice, Youth of Pakistan will stand along with you. Dont give up and put these murderers behind bars.


  • manu
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:01PM

    i cant understand why people are cryinhg over a headline. feudal kids and their body guards are roaming openly in dha and clifton. this is a reality and feudals are sindhis. these two kids were sindhis feudals too.


  • Someone
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Please keep your derogatory comments to yourself. This young boy was family to me and nobody can imagine the pain and anger his parents, his sisters and all his relatives have in their hearts at the moment. May Allah grant Shahzeb with Jannah and I really pray that justice be served to this poor young boy and his family. Ameen


  • Hadi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:18PM

    They should be Punished
    Down with the system . Put their names in ECL .



  • abc
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Feudal or no feudal, if the govt has any sense of integrity whatsoever it should hunt down the killers and roast them in a firepit!! Enough of this BS


  • ali
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:41PM

    What a troll worthy headline just to get attention and stir emotions. Here’s another one ‘Thousands of bori bund bodies found in karachi on orders of a pir sitting in london in the lap of luxury’ . naah that won’t do. i’ll attach the word ‘fuedal’ to it somewhere. that’ll do it.


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Seriously Heart wrenching. It shows the atrocities that are being faced by thousands and thousands of People across Pakistan. I pray that may ALLAH bless his soul and May this guy and All the other people who died lately rest in peace, Ameen!


  • justME
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:17PM

    i am sorry for the loss of life. everyday on an average, 10 people die in Karachi n these DSPs stand there n watch. they are equally responsible for the people of Karachi dying everyday.secondly i want to know how a DSP who can not be over 20 grade, lives in such a posh area of Karachi ???? from where is he getting the money n all ???? i am not accusing but if he is take a bribe, than the money is coming from the same sources who killed his son. its a deal he made himself. fair enough Recommend

  • Bob
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:21PM

    ! its the end of the day for me and I am truely saddened to read this article. I have always seen these incidents synonymous with PPP rule. During 70′s I know for fact that many honourable peoples wives and daughters were victumizied. And the famous incident in which Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti wiped out is revolver and killed a goverment servent with his family in a car over a minor parking issue on Liberty chowk signal on Tariq road. He was given presendial pardon by ZAB. So was his son Jameel Bugti when he went to Ziauddin Hospital to kill Mir Hamza Khan Kalpar Bugti and on his way back was confronted by two military soldiers, whom he killed. He too was given presendial pardon.

    Why such things happen ? because as a society have learned to tolerate such incidents. They also know that public memory is very short, few news, few comments after which all would be history! and people would move on. And they…………after few months……..over a drink…… the vicinity of defense ——-in a close drawing room……..would be sharing the thrill they got from pumping the 4 bullets……….

    Indeed I am very very sad.


  • Dawoodchisht
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:43PM

    First we need to understand is that life is a precious gift God. By protecting lives others, we can thank to Almighty Allah for His kindness. Overall just think about Pakistani society’s attitude towards human life. Murder of four five men has become a daily routinr in Karachi and no dare to talk about knowing that who are the murderers. Life of Shahzaib was too valuable because the innocent citizen of Pakistan not just being a son of police officer. We have to change our thinking and strive to behave as Pakistan. Otherwise we will not be able to fight against the feudals and the mass murderers.
    Bottom line is that we have to move and move very fast to reinvent ourselves as Pakistani and unfortunately we have no other option left,


  • Mustafa alvi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:44PM

    SSP Investigation Faizullah Karejo said that the boys knew each other and were in a fight from before. “The parents had to intervene and everything was settled,” he said. “However, the boys started to fight again and Jatoi shot Shahzeb four times as he sat in his car to go to a friend’s house.” He added that Jatoi was in the city for winter break and is studying in Malaysia.
    Its funny how this ssp seems to know everything about the culprits and their details but still doesnt know where they are hiding .


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 11:13PM

    spread this news if possible with photograph of murderers so they are condemned where ever they study party or hide these boys and their families must be relying on short memory and short range of our LAW.ALLAH help us who are mostly quite and indifferent when anything sad is happenning to others wake up nation before it is too late for everyone of us.


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Join campaign #JusticeForShahzebKhan on twitter and exposed feudal landlords [killers of Shahzeb Khan].


  • Jehanzeb Mahar
    Dec 28, 2012 - 1:19AM

    The title of the story is biased. All feudals are not like this. And Shahzeb’s killers should be hanged till death


  • anonymus
    Dec 28, 2012 - 1:43AM

    I felt sorry and sadness for the death of young man who had a life aahead of him.
    for no reason under any circumstances tahing life of some one is permissible. perpetrators should be apprehended and punished according to land of law.
    Having said that I have to add up..I was shocke to read the way this report is crafted.Recommend

  • faraz j
    Dec 28, 2012 - 1:48AM

    To all those who are criticizing the news think of it as the way to start a movement against injustice. karachi united on one bushra zaidi, new delhi on one gang rape. COME ON KARACHI. COME ON PAKISTAN,. ENOUGH WITH THE NONSENSE KILLINGS. ENOUGH WITH ARMED KIDS.


  • Sane Voice
    Dec 28, 2012 - 2:26AM

    How can a DSP afford to live in those apartment,afford such a private institution, give cars as birthday gift. Surely he has been protecting the same fuedals who eventually took life of one of their own.

    This is fates payback.


  • shahid
    Dec 28, 2012 - 2:36AM

    I have always failed to understand why police hides the faces of people arrested either accused or sentenced thier faces should be shown to public which is a standard practice all over the world.The accused names,adddressses and photos should be published in newspaper so that public can help to find them.


  • Zeerak
    Dec 28, 2012 - 2:47AM

    It’s indeed Sad!
    Well, the poor in the drone attacks and the shias getting brutally killed should also get justice the same way.


  • WA
    Dec 28, 2012 - 2:59AM

    My sincere condolences to the friends and family of this young lad. May Allah grant this young boy a place in jannat, Aameen.

    These feudal are the cancer of Pakistan. Until or unless they are eliminated from Pakistan Pakistan will stay in the stone age.

    Acts such as these shows how barbaric and cowardly their culture is.


  • aisha
    Dec 28, 2012 - 3:12AM

    Let ppl breath .. let ppl live .. lets have peace.
    Wat is our govt n police doing ?? Killing in Khi hv become soo easy . Jus pik a gun n shoot .
    Govt needs to take an action against all dis . Else Pakistan wil b destroyed soon ..
    RIP shahzeb .. Allah wil take revenge . May God giv patience n justice to ur family .


  • hajirah
    Dec 28, 2012 - 3:13AM

    If a policeman’s son is dead, then what about the rest? Just imagine how hard mothers in Pakistan pray for their children to return home safe and sound everyday!Recommend

  • NK
    Dec 28, 2012 - 4:45AM

    Im going to personally request Syed Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi, the elder son of Late Pir Syed Mardan Shah II to help bring these monsters to justice as quickly as possible.


  • Looking for accountability
    Dec 28, 2012 - 6:20AM

    We need system of accountability a must for one and all. If this frustration continues then soon every house will have arms and we will be killing each other on trivial issues. O Idiot illiterate and indisciplined republic May Allah help you but We all know Allah doesnt help those who does nto help themselves


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