Shahzeb murder case: Police arrest Shahrukh Jatoi, two others after SC verdict

SC directed SHC to take up initial plea and announce verdict in two months


Hasnaat Mailk February 01, 2018
Shahrukh Jatoi. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered arrest of Shahrukh Jatoi and two co-accused in the Shahzeb murder case after setting aside their acquittal by a trial court and removal of anti-terrorism charges by the Sindh High Court.

Following the hearing, the accused were taken into custody by the Islamabad police after the verdict was read out by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.

Interestingly, the three-judge special bench, headed by the CJP and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Maqbool Baqir also converted the case into a suo motu.

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The bench wondered how the Sindh High Court (SHC) overlooked the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision wherein it was mentioned that the case against Shahrukh Jatoi and co-accused should be conducted before Anti-Terrorism Court. Likewise, it also asked accused’s counsel Latif Khosa that why they did not file a review petition against the apex court at that time.

The apex court ordered SHC to hear an initial appeal of the accused against their death sentence by the trial court and decide the matter in two months.

However, the bench did not pass directions on civil society members’ petition, which was filed under Article 185 of the Constitution.



During the hearing the chief justice said that the court has the right to ensure complete justice under Article 187 of the Constitution. He also asked whether a settlement could be acceptable in a terrorism case.

During the hearing, Khosa said that his client was subjected to oppression as he was kept in a death cell for five years and was not even allowed to give his examinations. The counsel also raised objections on the entertaining of the civil society’s petition in this matter. Even the chief justice told him that he has a strong case on the locus standi of the petitioner.

Khosa also stated that there are 15 judgments of Justice Khosa, who declared that such incidents do not fall in the category of terrorism

During the hearing the chief justice said that the court has the right to ensure complete justice under Article 187 of the Constitution. He also asked whether a settlement could be acceptable in a terrorism case.

During the hearing, Khosa said that his client was subjected to oppression as he was kept in a death cell for five years and was not even allowed to give his examinations. The counsel also raised objections on the entertaining of the civil society’s petition in this matter. Even the chief justice told him that he has a strong case on the locus standi of the petitioner.

Khosa also stated that there are 15 judgments of Justice Khosa, who declared that such incidents do not fall in the category of terrorism.

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The counsel said that if the SC wants then he is willing to argue the case on merit, adding that acquittal of accused persons is sure in this matter, adding that his client has been facing tough charges because he is the son of a rich man.

Khosa said there were multiple instances where the SC removed anti-terrorism act (ATA) sections, to which the chief justice countered that there were also many cases where terrorism sections were added by the apex court. The counsel while referring to the SC’s earlier judgment said that state is bound to facilitate the compromise between parties in such matters.

Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali said the SC's pronouncing the case as terror earlier was binding. After the AG's submissions, the province adopted the federation's viewpoint, which was a surprise for the judges too. The bench then questioned why the Sindh government did not move the petition against the SHC’s order.

COMMENTS (8)

Naila Gul | 3 years ago | Reply i love u shahrukh jatoi(Quetta)
PakSal | 3 years ago | Reply The killer needs to be sent to gallows sooner or later ... that's how it is supposed to be.
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