Shahzeb Khan murder: After uproar, Supreme Court takes suo motu notice

Published: January 2, 2013

Shahzeb’s family, civil society, human rights supporters and student fraternities of the city in unison welcomed the move.


The Supreme Court has taken suo motu notice of the murder of Shahzeb Khan, son of a senior police officer who was killed after a shooting near Mubarak Masjid in Karachi’s Defence area on December 25.

The apex court move comes in the aftermath of uproar on newspapers, television and social media who have highlighted the issue that the 20-year-old was murdered in cold blood allegedly by Nawab Siraj Talpur and a friend over a petty argument.

Meanwhile, the chief justice has summoned the advocate general and inspector general of Sindh on January 4 to appear before the court in person with the progress reports on the case.

Talpur and his friend Shahrukh Jatoi 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 escaped to Sukkur and despite the fact that Shahzeb’s father is a DSP, little has been done and the two accused are still at large.

According to reports, there is immense pressure from some influential personalities to save the accused because of their strong political backgrounds and power.


According to reports, Shahzeb lost his life over a small argument after Talpur’s servant verbally harassed his sister.

Meanwhile, the police on Tuesday arrested the family manager of one of the accused. According to the police, Mustafa, Jatoi’s manager, was arrested outside the registry of the Supreme court and was being interrogated.

The Sindh Police had constituted a three-member team to arrest the culprits, however, no headway has so far been made in the case. The investigation teams that were sent to arrest the culprits in rural Sindh also came back without any success.


Shahzeb’s family, civil society, human rights supporters and student fraternities of the city in unison welcomed the move.

Talking to The Express Tribune Shahzeb’s father DSP Aurangzeb welcomed the suo motu notice and called it a move towards justice. “We are close to getting justice and the whole family is relieved.”

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan also lauded the announcement. “The murder of the Shahzeb shows the feudal mentality in our society. The judiciary should take notices of all such cases that occur in the country and provide quick justice,” an HRCP spokesman said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Jan 2, 2013 - 8:15AM

    Chief Justice, truly man of honor and only hope.

    The man who left his son for justice, how would he spare these murderers?

    InshAllah Justice will prevail, as for it is in nature of justice to prevail, if not today, tomorrow. If not here, then on final day,Recommend

  • Jan 2, 2013 - 10:06AM

    The Supreme Court is the only intrepid institution that has the courage to call ‘a spade a spade.’ All the other LEAs institutions are physically weak and tongue tied to do anything for the common man. The only thing they say is that it is not in our jurisdiction.

    The advocate general and the inspector general of Sindh will have a tough time explaining to the masters of law, decision and judgment what is being done after December 24, 2012.

    Salams for 2013.


  • saj
    Jan 2, 2013 - 5:12PM

    We constantly hear of this external political pressure being applied to prevent justice surely journalist the media should be brave and name and shame those exerting this pressure , otherwise it will continue ad infinitum


  • justiceneeded
    Jan 2, 2013 - 6:16PM

    This brutal killing of Shahzeb needs to be given justice . We have lost many Shahzebs and afraod of losing more but, justice is delayed in such cases due to the power of the killers. The youth is watching this and taking the liberty to kill people for honour….SHAME!!!!!


  • justiceneeded
    Jan 2, 2013 - 6:21PM

    This brutal killing of Shahzeb khan needs to be given justice. Till date we have lost many Shahzebs and are afraid to loose more. The reaction of Shahzeb khan was natural but, what the killers did was done due to the liberty given to them as a result of power. The youth of Pakistan is watching this and until now justice is no where to be seen… May the Martyr’s soul rest in peace …….. This delay in justice is a state of SHAME!!!!!


  • justiceneeded
    Jan 2, 2013 - 6:27PM

    This brutal killing of Shahzeb Khan needs to be given justice now. The reaction of the martyr was natural but, the killers reactions was due to the liberty given to them as a result of power . The youth is well aware of the situation of the law and order in the country. We have already lost many Shahzebs and are afraid of losing more so we require justice as soon as possible.


  • jhan
    Jan 2, 2013 - 9:21PM

    very sad for his death


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