KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted the final charge sheet in the Shahzeb Khan murder case on Wednesday but failed to mention any of its own officials who facilitated Shahrukh Sikander Jatoi – the prime suspect – in his escape from Pakistan as a ghost passenger.
“Shahrukh left the country fraudulently through deceitful means in connivance and in abetment of some officials of functionaries, including the FIA and immigration, working at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi, without proper clearance from immigration,” the charge sheet read. No officials of the FIA, however, have been named in the charge sheet.
The final charge sheet was submitted by the assistant director, Mirza Anwar Adil, and the investigating officer, Inspector Saeed Ahmed Memon, of the FIA before a judicial magistrate in district Malir on Wednesday.
Prosecution witnesses, CCTV footage of the incident and other connecting evidence, such as the call data record of the suspects, were secured during the course of investigation, Memon told the court.
Shahrukh with the help of Sohail Ahmed, travel consultant at Fazl-e-Rabbi Pvt Ltd and directors of company, Muhammad Omer Dochki and Muhammad Abu Bakar Dochki, managed to get an air ticket for the Karachi-Dubai sector under the name of Syed Shahrukh instead of Shahrukh Sikandar, revealed the charge sheet.
According to the record of Aitchison College Lahore, Shahrukh’s date of birth is November 27, 1993 whereas his date of birth mentioned on his passport, No. AC-5304552, is November 27, 1995 which is a ‘mis-declaration,’ Memon stated in the charge sheet. “The PIA officials fraudulently managed to get Shahrukh on board and facilitated him in his departure from Pakistan.”
The two people who accompanied Shahrukh on the flight, Nawab Ali Jatoi and Muhammad Khurram, were allegedly assisted by two officials – Mahmood Sultan, a baggage attendant, and Wasi Akhtar, a passenger services assistant. These officials were serving as ‘protocol officials’ at Bilawal House and were among those who got immigration clearance for Nawab and Khurram by presenting their passport at the immigration counters. Both the passengers, however, did not appear before the immigration officers and were shown as guests to Bilawal House, said Memon.
Investigations revealed that Shahrukh, along with the other suspects, have committed an offence under section 419/109 of the Pakistan Penal Code read with sections 3/4 and 6(1) of Passport Act, 1974.
The interim charge sheet was submitted on February 13, 2013.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2013.