Rangers shooting: Extrajudicial killing caught on tape

Published: June 9, 2011
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A screenshot of the video shows Shah pleading with the Rangers personnel to let him go.

A screenshot of the video shows Shah pleading with the Rangers personnel to let him go.

KARACHI:  A youth was killed when Rangers shot him in a busy area of Karachi, Boat Basin, television channels reported late on Wednesday.

Five men from the Ghazi wing of the Rangers are said to be involved in the incident, of whom two have been arrested.

Video footage of the incident showed the Rangers killing the man, Sarfaraz Shah, who allegedly had a pistol in his hand, after beating him up.

Before being shot, Shah had tried to grab the security forces’ weapons.

Initially, the police and Rangers had claimed that they were informed that a dacoit had held a family hostage in Benazir Bhutto Park. The security personnel claimed that they went inside the park and asked the man to surrender. When he refused to do so, the Rangers shot at him in retaliation. Shah was injured and died after reaching Jinnah Hospital, security personnel said.

Shah was the brother of Salik Shah, a reporter of Samaa TV. The family of the deceased along with journalists held a protest at the chief minister’s house in Karachi. The chief minister has taken notice of the incident.

The Sindh information minister, Sharjeel Memon has said that no leniency will be shown to the culprits.

Political parties, including the ANP and the MQM, have condemned the incident.

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Reader Comments (127)

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 2:34AM

    That can only happen if you think you are firing on alien citizen or a citizen of an enemy state. Recommend

  • Usman Ahmad
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:35AM

    oh my God! another tragedy~ These security forces are there to protect us, not to kill us at point blank range.Recommend

  • Icryatnightcozimpakistani
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:43AM

    So ? “Sharjeel Memon has said that no leniency will be shown to the culprits.

    Political parties, including the ANP and the MQM, have condemned the incident.”

    Can your condemnation bring that boy’s life back ? if you have seen the video . . .that is guy is pleading for his life ! I can still hear him scream as he was shot LIVE ON TELEVISION !

    those guys should be hanged publicly ! Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 2:44AM

    Badmashi of uniformed murderers continues. Such a shame!Recommend

  • Haseeb Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:44AM

    THIS my Friend THIS is what happens when theres NOBODY to Question the law Enforcing Agencies.
    Be it ARMY , POLICE or Rangers.
    Its an Alarming situation that these Extra-judicial killings are taking place quite oftenly!Recommend

  • fzamr
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:46AM

    how many of these incidents do v want as a nation, as a human before we stand up to them..or do v want this to happen to our homes then react and take action???….please save pakistan…stand up for justice!! stand up for what is right!!!…let no division come in between justice and accountability…..STAND UP AND TAKE CHARGE PPL!!Recommend

  • Umer Arain
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:48AM

    We are totally doomed as a society deserve all the drone and suicide attacks.Recommend

  • M. Uzair Sukhera
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:50AM

    A man having pistol in his hand is unarmed? Crappy title ET!… Is this sensationalizing because he was brother of ur media person? Please check the meaning of un-armed in dictionary!Recommend

  • Pakistan Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:51AM

    High handedness of Pakistani security forces has become a threat to the very survival of Pakistani society. This is exactly what happens in fascist states.Recommend

  • Star
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:59AM

    Each and Every security person in this country will be maligned till they fall on their knees in shame and forgiveness.

    Handing an illiterate ( and by Pakistan’s definition of literate in the world sense most of the country is illiterate) person a weapon is like handing over the wheel of a moving car to a five year old.

    Feel sorry for the family. Seems like they jumped the gun to quick and took out their frustration of maintaing Law and Order on this poor chap. SadRecommend

  • Hopeless
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Just think what they would have done in East Pakistan in 1971 Army actionRecommend

  • Morbid Isolation
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:21AM

    Who was taking the video?Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 3:23AM

    Armed forces at their ‘best’. A Rs.150 billion reward is just not enough. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:30AM

    It is highly tragic and appalling incident. It is extremely unfortunate that atrocities of paramilitary and other security forces are increasing sharply, day by day.

    @Pakistan Khan: You are absolutely right. We are living in a fascist security state and, in fact, are at the mercy of these tyrants. I wonder if we will ever be able to make them accountable for their highly serious human rights excesses and violations.Recommend

  • Critic
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:37AM

    That young guy was a bengali in 1971, and now he is probably a baloch or pushtun…. that’s the pride of punjab!Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:55AM
  • Malik
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:13AM

    Just saw the video on tv. Very horrible. Dangerous duffers at it again.Recommend

  • D BHATTACHARYA
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:27AM

    Not going into sectarian and religious strife, be it India or Pakistan, security forces often behave with ordinary civilians in a most brutal manner. The laws are very different for the rich and powerful. Unless we learn to respect human life and basic human rights, we will always be depicted as barbarians by the West, and rightly so. My sympathies to the family of the deceased. Recommend

  • Sahir Sheikh
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:40AM

    Very frankly speaking, I may have had double-mindedness in considering the case of Saleem Shehzad an unjustified move, as the guy really could have been a traitor, but this incident that happened yesterday equals an act of deliberate disregard for the law and has to be adequately answered by the relevant authorities.Recommend

  • Sense
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:14AM

    WATCH THE ACTUAL VIDEO ON YOUTUBE (if you weren’t aware of it like me)

    Pakistan has lost all credibility in my mind now, this is the true nature of our armed forces and politicians

    It is screaming to come out yet so many fail to see it

    Have been living overseas for a while now, the most painful question I get asked is “Where are you originally from?” Used to be “Are you a Muslim?” Now that is second.

    Just months after the incident in Sialkot we see this

    Is this country a bloody joke? This is what we have accomplished in over 60 yearsRecommend

  • Rashid Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:20AM

    It is an act of absolute highhandedness and I am sure the culprit will be punished.. A careful veiwing of the video shows that it was an individual act committed by a member of the Ranger team without the consent of the other two in the video and probably another to whom the pistol had been handed over.

    The youth was unarmed at the time he was shot, there was no reason whatsoever to fire at him.

    It is a criminal act, not remotely related to self defense rather misuse of power. Besides, the one who fired the fatal shot all those involved in the false reporting should be punished this includes the Rangers and the Police. Recommend

  • Malik
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:23AM

    May be the ranger was previously deployed in Baluchistan and can’t figure what the fuss over killing an unarmed person was all about.Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:25AM

    I hope this gruesome video will silence the apologists and conspiracy theorists who think there is a global conspiracy to defame the army Recommend

  • fahim
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:31AM

    Everyday, I feel ashamed to be a pakistani with new shameful events. Recommend

  • Ahmad AK
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:36AM

    “There’s a reason you separate the military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”
    William AdamaRecommend

  • Malik
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:47AM

    Please give them Rs 800 billion. May be that will help their mental condition.Recommend

  • Syeda
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:14AM

    at first when i read the news i could only see the Name Sarfaraz Shah and ran to my mother asking her if she spoke with my brother today who lives in khi and his name is Sarfaraz Shah…my whole family got upset until i read the whole news that his brothers name is Saleek Shah…a sama tv news reporter ! my heart wrenhes …What a shame!!! a young guy died for no reason! Recommend

  • M. Uzair Sukhera
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:28AM

    The report mentions he had a pistol in his hand. Than how come the title of report is that he was unarmed?Recommend

  • khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:44AM

    I am Pakistani and have to sad with sadness that our country is a failed state.

    We just had a kharotabad incident.

    Also please can some one tell us what happened to the case of sialkot? When the boys were brutally murdered?

    May Allah bless what ever sanity is left in our people. This rouge army needs tamed. Recommend

  • Ghulam Nabi malik
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:52AM

    Law enforcement agencies do not care for the law.They are a law unto themselves.Ordinary civilians are dogs for them to be looked down upon with scorn.They tore apart Quaid’s Pakistan and are hell-bent upon to do away with the remainder. Stand up citizens and be counted upon if you want to live with dignity otherwise you are doomed to lurch in ignominy and second class citizenship!Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:00AM

    Can you all please help me with an excuse…. We as a nation desperately need one to hide behind…. RAW, CIA, Mossad, KGB, MI5 anyone.. BECAUSE as we all ALL SAY… MUSLIMS DONT DO THIS… We are Muslims and we are doing it.
    Kharotabad, Boat Basin there are countless bodies and we have hidden behind them… Do you think justice will ever be served? The army and law enforcers that conducted one of the worst human right violations in East Pakistan today stand tall as saviours with the crimes not accounted. Do you think where such acts of violence are prevalent with impunity and no shame exist such a nation can ever survive.
    We will see the wrath soon… and it wont be pretty…. We are leading to our own death.Recommend

  • Ramz
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:07AM

    What will be the future of Pakistan?.
    We are the most hated nation in the world, and there is only one clause to pull down the conclusion “ITS AMERICA behind”…for God sake..stop blaming, and look at your deeds O people!

    cyclones, bombs, earthquake floods inflation crisis…we all deserve this!
    forget about being a Muslim, you aint a human being! Obnoxious!Recommend

  • Mahmood
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:18AM

    It’s interesting to see the public jumping to vilify the rangers. Let’s hear the other side of the story first! After all, the guy attempted to snatch a weapon from the rangers – what did he expect?Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:25AM

    Soon, a few people like Grace & Ani will come and post that “Its a Global Conspiracy by CIA, Mossad, RAW to defame Army & ISI to snatch our Nukes”. & the conspiracy theories go on. :(
    Until we change our outlook & comeout of our of delusions, nothing will change. Yesterday, it was shazeed, today its shah & tommorrow, it could be you…. The establishment is targeting the Journalists and their families which is obvious now.Recommend

  • Perplexed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:41AM

    ?????
    where do i go????
    whom should i trust?????
    rangers?????
    or the bereaved family????????Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:44AM

    ISI will investigate this.Recommend

  • RAN Singh
    Jun 9, 2011 - 8:22AM

    Security threat to the common Pakistani people? Its a grave question to the state
    Lawlessness is prevailing in Pakistan ,just imagine the guardian of Pakistan are killing Pakistanis.
    It seems Pakistan is gone in Hobessian state,no modern or liberal but a primitive and savage society.
    Will this incident open the eyes of the rulers?Recommend

  • SA
    Jun 9, 2011 - 8:28AM

    Whats new???Recommend

  • Ajaya Dutt
    Jun 9, 2011 - 8:35AM

    I find some discrapancies in your report.
    “Video footage of the incident showed the Rangers killing the man, Sarfaraz Shah, who had a pistol in his hand, after beating him up.” So Mr Sarfarz Shah had pistol in his hand, but rangers beat him up, and then shot him.

    “Before being shot, Shah had tried to grab the security forces’ weapons.” So Mr Sarfarz Shah tried to grab weapons, after being beaten up and having a pistol in his hand.

    Best part of your report is:

    ” The security personnel claimed that they went inside the park and asked the man to surrender. When he refused to do so, the Rangers shot at him in retaliation.”

    At least here you are reporting it as “security personnel claim”.

    A case of very good journalism to defend “the establishment”.Recommend

  • CB Guy
    Jun 9, 2011 - 8:36AM

    Sad incident indeed though the report is too vague and confusing to draw a conclusion. It says unarmed and then it says he had a gun. I hope a proper inquiry is launched and if he was indeed killed in cold blood, those involved should be capitally punished.

    @ Umer Arain: think of suicide bombs going off with you and your family and reconsider if you deserve it. I would suggest that you shove it. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 9, 2011 - 8:45AM

    “Ghazi wing of the Rangers”

    No wonder they are called Ghazi. Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 9:11AM

    Why he had a pistol in his hand?Recommend

  • M
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:18AM

    Pakistani Rangers acting like Israeli armed forces… Sickening video showing nothing but terrorism… Can not even bare to watch. These rangers officials need to be discharged and punished, but sadly that will not happen, as justice can never prevail. Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:20AM

    Its not about those 4-5 Rangers, who shot that poor guy from point blank range, it is some thing that Generals and High ups should think about seriously. The whole training and mindset of forces.Official version of incident is a joke, when some one see that video. It also shows the intelligence and competitiveness of high ups who are in denial about the ground realities. The way they shot the guy is a War Crime if he happens to be a POW, rather he is a civilian shot in a broad day light live on TV.

    Sadly our Governments, institutions, politicians and intellect have failed us and Now our society is deteriorated to the extent where destruction seems inevitable.

    By the way I would love to see Chief Jackal taking a suo moto as he seems to have so much time to take notice of some actress getting away with few ml s of liquor from the hand of justice. Recommend

  • Imran
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:21AM

    If one wants to understand what the “state of nature” looked like, one must come in this “God-gifted” republic. Recommend

  • Talat Haque
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:33AM

    His Family should not give up ………. and the whole nation should back them up ………… we have to keep on trying to fight terror ……….. everywhere, anywhere and however much we can ……….. it is the only way to confront it ………… even the people who protest here are dong their bit ………… Oh so many innocent souls!Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:36AM

    “Before being shot, Shah had tried to grab the security forces’ weapons.” ANYONE…irrespectice of olitical and media ties would ahve the same fate… now imagine a different scenario.. where such a person trying to grab the security forces weapons did so and shot them instead.. what would our reaction be?… wed label it as just another evidence of the armed forces incompetence?………its a tragedy that Shah died…theres no denying it… but the rangers did what theyv been trained to do.. DEFEND!…Recommend

  • Immymud
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:50AM

    Hmm .. No Words.!!Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Pakistan is the most inhuman place in the world without any doubt. And they call themselves the “land of the pure”.Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Checked the video, there was no gun. Looks like he want to turn away the gun muzzle away from him.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 9, 2011 - 9:55AM

    Revolution man. Come out on the streets and do your thing. Listen to Bob Marley’s song “I Shot the Sheriff.” Its about fighting oppression. Pakistan as a state no longer exists. Its anarchy now. Only way is to fight back. Good luck. Recommend

  • Faraz Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:05AM

    My question: Is this the freedom our forefathers wanted when we left India? Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:08AM

    Our Doom is inevitable now!Recommend

  • MSL
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Could it not be that maybe he was at fault and that he may have actually tried to commit a crime? Frankly, civilians in this country aren’t angels either I wouldnt be shocked if he had actually committed a robbery or a snatching or something, maybe even tried to grab a gun. While video’s do represent the actualy scene in its truest form, the ruthlessness of the act will always marr the reality of the circumstanceRecommend

  • Roger Eli
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:13AM

    now this is the time when WE the PEOPLE should take notice of situtation seriously and STANDUP and take control of things and DAM these agencies and corruptions killing our society more and more with each day passing by Recommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:23AM

    We are experiencing a tragic oppression of decades in the name of greater Punjab dream since 1971. All security agencies are full of corrupt Punjabi origin recruites who are equivalent to barbarians. Thanks to mobile phones, they are being caught on tape now. There are still thousands of incidents unnoticed.Recommend

  • Amadeus
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:26AM

    These idiots need to be disciplined. A couple of years back while I was at b-school – I was brutally beaten up by Rangers at the Karachi University gate because I protested against their holier than thou attitude at an educational institution, where they have absolutely no purpose to serve. I was beaten up and was threatened by the Administrator (who was also a retired colonel or some pointless army guy) that I shouldn’t be talking about the forces like that OR they will just lock me up in their ‘secret’ jails. At that time I was saved by the head of marine geography dept. (angel in disguise), else I probably would’ve met the same fate.

    These LEAs need to be accountable to the people – the rangers, police, the real estate agents, all of them.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:28AM

    We are completely indifferent. No one cares what is being faced by others; we should stand up at any one of the case happening almost daily. We should remember that it can be happen with us anytime anywhere and then no one will speak for us if we dont. If any one from our leaders have a bit of fear of Allah should ask people and lead towards the INQILAB; otherwise we cannot save ourself as well in near futureRecommend

  • SK
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Rangers are not in Karachi to protect people. They are on deputation from punjab, occupying, educational institutions, parks, libraries, ancient buildings etc. These thugs have been making sure that peace MUST not prevail in Karachi otherwise they will have to go back to barracks in Punjab.
    Recommend

  • hallaj
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:38AM

    It was just caught by the camera. I doo’t see any difference between them and the mob who went mad in Sialkot. Recommend

  • Shafaq Mustafa
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:46AM

    No matter he was a bandit. He should not be killed. Rangers must be punished the same way openly. May Allah rest his soul in peace…..Ameen.Recommend

  • Helmandi
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:58AM

    If the man was an unstable criminal and was trying to grab the weapon from the security personnels, they had every right to shoot him. This is what police do all around the world. Recommend

  • Tribune Reader
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:07AM

    I am not surprised the Rangers did this, I have been hearing about stuff like this for some time now, that they have been very abusive and trigger happy towards the youth of Karachi, in some parts of town their intentionally targetting the youth from the affluent classes as well, I myself got beaten up by a Ranger Just Outside McDonalds Tariq Road, some of you might have read that letter to the editor. Recommend

  • hasan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:19AM

    There is no petrol, no electricity, no jobs, law and order worse than Iraq, no personal security WHERE SHOULD I GO??? I hate all the politicians and everyone who is responsible for making our lives miserable.Recommend

  • Furqan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:20AM

    @Helmandi:
    They don’t do this around the world, if u study carefully when u have fine security men surrounding one person who is as the report said just trying to grab a weapon the security personnel should be trained enough to overcome on person and arrest him. u should watch reality show of US more. Recommend

  • Aly Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:21AM

    what a SHAME!!!!!!!!! another story out

    Quaids Pakistan is No more there ,its an Alien nation ; poor Quaid must be burning in his grave that he handed over a country to a bunch of thugs, rapists , losers, uneducated money hungry and power hungry DOGS who can sell their mothers to Loot and plunder or for Dollors
    its a sick country now of sick people
    and il say on behalf of fellow pakistanis
    ” SORRY Jinnah sahib the people didn’t deserve you ” You were another level another generation and now theres no turning back !!! This nation will never change …. Recommend

  • Aly Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:24AM

    @Roger Eli: well said Recommend

  • ruff
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:26AM

    i request everyone to watch the video on youtube before commenting. Recommend

  • Ashok
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:27AM

    Helmandi,

    I just saw the video.

    What you read and what you see are two very different things.

    The rangers after pushing him around stuck the gun’s endpoint to his forehead and poked him with it – when he tried to move it away they backed away and shot at him unarmed. Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:31AM

    Just watched the video on youtube. It was more graphic and Daniel peral’s murder.

    Congratulations JINNAH! You have given a wonderful, peaceful, progressive country to a group of deserving human beings called as Pakistanis.

    Congratulations Pakistanis. You have done wonders with your country.Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Let the inquiry report come, I can see a pistol recovered from the guy. If he was a miscreant and causing panic (as evident from video) he was rightly killed. Judiciary in such cases does nothing but release criminals and we blame rangers for getting paid for nothing.Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Insan Sasta Har Cheez Mehngi; Welcome to Islamic Republic of Pakistan! :(Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:52AM

    @Thaqalain:
    Why would you kill an alien in the country? Are we saying no one is welcome? Every human guilty or not guilty has a right to a fair trial and this case is a clear example where we have over stepped. No justification exists…. even if he had a gun…
    BUT… without going into the morality of the subject when CJP passed a comment on Atiqa Odoho to be tried for carrying alcohol he broke the covnent of justice of not passing a comment on an issue that has not been brought to trial but he passed a sentence without a right to trial… then how can you expect anyone in the country to follow the rules! It is mob and populist justice be it the courts on man on the street!
    The country has collapsed and now failing organ by organ!Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:59AM

    As a Pakistani,I am ashamed to read this news.

    Rangers should be packed off and security responsibilities be given to police.Recommend

  • Fahad siddiqui
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:07PM

    Whats new about it this is happening in the city for last 25 years……. only difference is that we have media today…….. And at that time people use to scream and cry and the official sources use to say just like they did in this case that the culprit was killed in an encounter a rocket launcher and an AK has been recovered. It’s a big sham that our forces take 16 hours to kill 2 of 14 attackers at the mahran base. And they can kill an innocent boy just like that…. So much for a Islamic republic of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Gen. Biriyani
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Let’s put the facts in the right prespective without being emotional. The guy is a kind of petty robber so not 100% innocent. But then for such petty things death penalty is not the answer. Raangers are justified if they shoot as self defence. Is that the case? I doubt.Recommend

  • Ad.
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:25PM

    @Thaqalain:
    Rangers does not have any prove, neither they have rights to kill a man, without proper inquiry, whereas the boy even not resisting or fighting with them.

    In fact, since 1992, Rangers are them self involved in many criminal activities, like robbery, snatching etc. (When they are not on duty) and when ever they have been captured by police or public, they have been released without registering any case.

    And when ever Sind Government, like to shift rangers back to borders, Karachi observed target killings, robberies or any terrorist activities. Which in fact done by Rangers to STAY in CITY.Recommend

  • Revolutionary
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Come into streets people otherwise we all will be killed by our own forces for dollars. Now they have the habbit of killing own people and escorting the foreigner friends after killing Pakistanis.

    Let us gather for Revolution to change this system or die one by one.Recommend

  • Kee Nasan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:42PM

    How disgusting and repugnant! Law of the jungle is at play. Recommend

  • Asim
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:42PM
  • Shahzad
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Pakistan say Zinda BhaagRecommend

  • H I
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Put 2+2 together folks. He was not just an unarmed man – he was a disarmed man. Difference being that he had a gun on him earlier which the rangers later took. He had criminal intent. He lunged at the ranger’s gun (which even if he had been unarmed and innocent would be sufficient cause for severe response). See the video again, the oldie sergeant at the side also took his gun out once the guy lunged at the ranger’s gun. This is at least a 75% justified response.

    More so, the sergeant asked for the ‘ranger’ to point the gun down (which in military parlance is also known as intimidation) clearly attesting to the fact that they were not looking to shoot him (a shot with the suspect standing up is the easiest to execute). The guy messed it up by trying to take the ranger’s gun and the ranger responded with force. In any country of the world, this would be the suspect’s fault, not the ranger’s.

    I do not think the ranger had the benefit of slowing the time down to analyze the intent of the guy, like we have. The suspect lunged at the gun and the ranger responded with force. The ranger is not going to sit back on a plush chair and think where should I aim so that I can disable first. He shoots as a reaction, and reaction times are notoriously low. Its the suspect’s fault for pushing the ranger into a corner where he has to react fast, and react with force.Recommend

  • A Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 12:58PM

    As an ex resident of Karachi, I have seen it all my childhood, they use to drop dead bodies while driving the vehicle. And the rest of Pakistan use to think another terrorist caught and killed.

    This is how they are dealing with the Baluchistan problem nowadays.

    Thanks to media their heinous crimes are now exposed.

    “Rahe Naam Baqe Allah ka”.Recommend

  • Sense
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:02PM

    To the people here who think that he was right to get shot if he was caught with a hand-gun or was a dacoit

    IN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES PEOPLE ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW

    these people are the real monsters right here

    the reality is that twisted religious indoctrination and bigotry has resulted in a large percentage of the population being PSYCHOPATHS

    we need to weed out people like this and put them through a heavy counseling program or may be dump them on some remote island somewhere Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:04PM

    Everybody is jumping to conclusions.

    To all those commenting assuming the guy was innocent: When someone holds your loved one (wife, sister, son, daughter parents etc) on gun point, mugs them. Next time make sure you salute that guy, put some garlands on him and give him your home address and invite him to rob your home too.

    NEVER EVER ask for help from police, rangers or any other security agency. Afterall these robbers and dacoits are one of us, they are humans, their rights need to be protected. Actually, they have more rights than the ones who get robbed.Recommend

  • Amir Ayub
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:05PM

    Unfortunately this episode is recorded we don’t know thousand of killing which have been going on in on daily basis.Recommend

  • Sense
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:05PM

    “PAKISTAN se ZINDA BHAAG”

    excellent.Recommend

  • Asim
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:05PM

    @H I:
    Dont go on speculations watch this first.. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2063915966319&commentsRecommend

  • Kaleem Shafi
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:07PM

    Rangers in Karachi have a long history of such extra judicial killings, thousands of young men like this one were extra judicially murdered on the streets of Karachi in 90’s, and when Rangers did that they said they had killed a terrorist and Rangers who are Holy Cows for Pakistani Nation never questioned on those murders.
    People of Karachi had seen the worst so nothing new in this video but now it’s time to make our agencies and forces answerable to law but i know that will never happened and people will forget this murder after few days and will salute these Rangers and agencies for future murders when they would claim to kill TERRORIST in an encounter.Recommend

  • Sense
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:10PM

    OMG

    @ the dumb people who think he was going after the rangers’ gun

    WATCH THE ACTUAL VIDEO

    they were saying “shoot him shoot him” and he was going near them pleading to not do it

    it looks like he was going after the gun

    THE KID VERY LIKELY WASN’T EVEN THINKING ABOUT WHAT HE WAS DOING

    it was his limbic system dictating his actions–fight or flight

    lets see how you do when you are at gun point, you don’t have the awareness to thinkRecommend

  • Arsalan Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:14PM

    just saw a raw video of the whole incident. Poor guy wanted to live and they executed him..I’d like to see these Rangers get going from my city. They are not here to help and control law and order. they are here to build their own version of law.Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Zulm Hey! Zulm Hey! DG Rangers Answer This? Recommend

  • Sense
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:19PM

    EXPRESS NEWS

    Please consider adding a transcription of what was being said by all parties to the story

    This needs to be highlighted and would be consistent with objective journalismRecommend

  • Syed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Nothin new for KArachi, we faced thousands of such incidences in 90s,, just search for pictures of (police and rangers) operation available on internet they are far more brutal. Recommend

  • fzamr
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:40PM

    thats it!!!?….another story ..another murder…another injustice…read the article..if it touches the heart..write a comment…recommend few others…and we r done with the story!…thats the cycle we r following…unless god forbid it happens to our family!!…WHY dont we show unity and take charge..till this corrupt system falls to ashes…NO SYSTEM CAN STAND IF WE UNITE AS A NATION AND DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY AND JUSTICE!!…thats the only way we can survive as a nation…they will make a committee to investigate, register a case..then delay it till the culprits run away or everyone forgets about the incident…dont know why..we are able to forget things soo easily..remember the sialkot murders of two brothers..was justice served??..no…how will this incident be any different…lets unite and HIT THE STREETS and SHOW POWER OF THE PEOPLE!!!!..Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:42PM

    the problem with our country is hypocracy…inelligence agencies who deny facts.. politicians who deny ownign foreign assets… and a public which wishes to be negative at every opportunity…

    lets be honest with ourselves for a second.. had the man actually been successful in assulting anyone of the men from the armed forces.. we would ahve called it a state of national embarassmenet.. but since that didnt happen we choose instead to belittle the armed forces for defending their lives?

    for those who believe this was all a malicious plan think about it if the objective was to kill the man at such close range the rangers would have taken a direct shot at his head…but they didnt…because the idea was self defenceRecommend

  • VoK
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:44PM

    Condolences to the dead man’s family.

    Rehman Malik, when will you come up with another percentage?Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 1:52PM

    After seeing the video… That point blank shot while he was obviously scared and begging is bad. But, what makes it even more messed up is you can see where the first shots entered his leg through frayed clothing and yet there was a second shot to finish him.

    He was obviously pleading and then they shot him in the leg first. That is more than enough to make an unarmed person harmless. But, no, while he was already on the ground they shot a second time to finish him. There was even a slight delay as though he had to think about taking that second shot before he did it. Obviously we all know the conclusion he came to. Even if he was being dangerous at that moment and unarmed, it should have ended with the first shot to the leg.Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:54PM

    @sense
    “IN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES PEOPLE ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW”

    clearly common sense isnt common anymore. the above does not apply in case of self defence…. in case a woman is gettin raped would you seriouslu suggest she get raped and then try prving it in court rather than gunning the man down if the oppotunity at the time were there…Recommend

  • Observer
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:18PM

    We only see one part of the story on TV, with the slain man shot dead by rangeres personnel. Agreed this is total Dark justice and armed highhandedness of authorities, but come to think of it..If this chap was really a street criminal who snatched Cash and Mobilephones at gunpoint, Would he ever be brought ot justice otherwise?
    Had he been handed over to police, am sure he would have been free within Hours, even before sunset, so to speak! Imajine how many people would have been looted by him or even killed upon resistance?
    I am sure more or less every karachite has experienced ro knows someone close who has experienced an armed robbery/ mobile phone snatching at gunpoint and we always keep wondering how this will stop! Recommend

  • Abu Muhammad
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:03PM

    I am living in abroad. I am strongly stated that Pakistan country is the best country in the world. Only two faults, (i) System and (ii) Leadership. If we adopted Quranic Laws, we are not seen such as cirme. Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Where didthis shooing happen ? I think at Gaza not Karachi.Recommend

  • maestro
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:26PM

    What the hell do you expect when you try to grab a Ranger’s gun for any reason?? Put your hands up and if you have an illegal weapon on which this boy apparently did, then quietly let them take it and face justice. I agree they had no reason to let him bleed to death after shooting him in the leg and taking his weapon – that is a crime! They should have taken him to the hospital and then let him face judicial consequences! This is the sad part. Two of the Rangers involved have been arrested. In the US, anyone tries to grab a cop’s gun, he will be shot right there! Recommend

  • Ali Rehman
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:53PM

    This is chaos!

    I was not this from Rangers but for a moment think if you are being shot by robber? I believe Rangers did the right thing to hit the unarmed man on his leg as he was reaching on rifle.

    I have seen on TV he was pleading how bad it was to see him begging for his life. I have no issue with the Rangers “Hum Pakistani bohat senti hein”.

    For God sake re-think.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:59PM

    I don’t understand why everyone is cursing the army and the rangers over this issue. The boy showed in the video was clearly admitting committing the crime because he was desperate.
    Although this was a horrible and uncalled for action since the authority to judge the man’s crime lies only with the courts, I don’t understand the outrage over the killing of a criminal who was robbing his own country men. Fake gun or not, I’m glad its the rangers roaming the streets and not guys like those.Recommend

  • saad
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:06PM

    a sequel to the silakot lynching incidetnt! how many ‘real’ crimonals av the rangers arrested till now? Recommend

  • Baws
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:39PM

    Anywhere in the world, if you try to snatch a weapon from an officer, you will get shot. And if you die because of that, fifteen officials wont get suspended, it will be YOUR fault. This is a ridiculous example of the public and media of our country standing up for a culprit who was shot. Yes, things happen to innocent people. But why on Earth was he resisting? Why did he have a toy gun? I am dead Mr. Shah was not totally innocent. Please, wake up guys. Recommend

  • ali idris
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:35PM

    strong text

    i think if Rehman malik son will be killed like this brutal way, he will learn the lesson, the killer should be killed on the street in the same way , so that will be the the warning for others.Recommend

  • sirajuddin aziz
    Jun 10, 2011 - 12:38AM

    saw the news n video just now! one more reason to be ashamed as a pakistani!!! what a grave tragedy for the poor family! heart goes out to them.God help them overcome this grief. Shame on us to be part of all this!!!Recommend

  • JudasPriest
    Jun 10, 2011 - 2:05AM

    Some people and the writer are saying that he tried to grab the gun from the ranger. That is ridiculous. He couldn’t have tried to do so as they were several rangers surrounding him. He was just trying to turn down the gun so the ranger doesn’t shoot him!Recommend

  • Muhammad Tahir
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:31AM

    Officials initially said that he was armed but this was later found to be untrue.

    For God sake and we beg to our security agencies you have been hired to save lives of innocent people rather not to kill them, so please don’t try to be a terrorist if you people do these kind of act so who is going to provide us peace relaxation.

    Sindh Rangers of staging a so-called fake encounter.

    May Allah give sarfaraz rest in peace.Recommend

  • Rashid Khan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 4:02AM

    @Shamsi Ajanee:

    What did they have before they brought the Rangers to Sind? Recommend

  • Rashid Khan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 4:04AM

    @SK:
    Very incisive thinking – love your logicRecommend

  • Babar Khan Javed
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:04AM

    You’re all hopeless if you think you can punish a ranger :)Recommend

  • IWriteURead
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:02AM

    Thanks to the person who dared enough to make video and bringing it to media.
    Courage must be appreciated and encouraged —- The lawlessness will only go aaway if we will continue to be this courageous!Recommend

  • Nabeel
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:06AM

    @narayana murthy:
    ya ya ya……..you please go back to your “peaceful” indian state of Gujrat and Maoist regions
    or AT LEAST read what your “pure” Indian army has been up to in CONGO recently………. Recommend

  • Nhameed
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:32AM

    Although what happenned was a very sad incidence …no doubt the boy had been un armed before he was shot by the Rangers at point blank range…but5 does this answer the question why in the first place he was trying to rob of some one his/ her hard earned money? Why was he carrying a gun? I am sure not for just kicks.. and tyhis is what we Karachiites have been facing day in and day out…we got robbed of our hard earned money on traffic signals…traffic jams….we got looted in shopping areas…Have we gone totally insensitive to the wailing of mothers whose children have been kidapped by people like these who have access top arms and love to use it at the cost of some innocent person’s life in case he/ she dares to resisit and does not happily oblige the demand at gun point. No doubt the country is a failed state with no law and order and where do we go??????? Who do we seek protection from??????????? Who is responsible for providing protection to hard working tax payers like us????????Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Jun 10, 2011 - 6:01PM

    @Thaqalain:

    Well, such criminals must be considered aliens and harmful to peace and must be eradicated at the soonest so that the rest of their kind get the message and mend their ways.Recommend

  • Samuel
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Ouah Guys….What are you doing ?

    Now, in Paris , in Europe, we watched this video…..

    After the famous acid attack against the womens…..

    If you visit us, it’s better to say you are from IndiaRecommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:19AM

    @SK: This is indeed an absolute truth. They have been here since ages and engulfing the resources of Sindh. No one is there to question about their pointless presence and their pathetic performance during more than last 20 years in this unfortunate province. I wish if they could be made accountable for their looting and sheer exploitation of Sindh’s resources. It is now time to get rid of this crap security force as soon as possible.Recommend

  • JudasPriest
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:54AM

    @Sam: He was clearly not trying to snatch the gun from the ranger bur rather trying to keep it down as to ask him not too shoot him. Please don’t misguide people!Recommend

  • Naeem Tariq
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:45PM

    After reading the reports in news papers and watching footage of this incidence again and again, it is definite that these 6 Ranger had decided to kill the boy the moment he is being presented to Rangers by a person in plain clothes. Is it not strange that all six of them were unaware about the reporters or camera man making film and covering all the events openly with out any resistance from the rangers. Even after shooting the boy the camera man continued to capture video freely in the presence of rangers . The footage of this incidence revels that the camera man was close to this spot and was not hiding when capturing the video of this incidence. Questions are
    1. Did the rangers allowed the camera man to make the video purposely or they were totally unaware about the camera man ?
    2. How is it possible that these 6 Ranger were unaware about the camera man who was capturing the evidence of their crime scene freely ?
    3. If the Rangers knew they are being filmed during incidence or after this, why they ( Rangers) did not stop him or tried to destroy this evidence ( footage in the Camera)?
    4. Was this incidence pre-planned in continuation of the event occurring regularly from 2nd of May to destroy the moral of the nation and create rift between law enforcing agencies and civilians?Recommend

  • Fazal
    Jun 11, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Pakistan is run by Animals. Pakistan is run by Corrupt Schemers.

    Pakistan is doomed under the Civilian Government or Army.

    Pakistani people please vote for someone who does not come to power to RAPE Pakistan

    Your core economic interests of textiles, jute, and Tourism has been finished by politicians who beg America for Money in the name of Solving terrorism.

    You Pakistani’s whether educated/ illiterate are ashamed because of the people you voted to power for.

    Please stand up for your rights.

    May Allah be with you.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jun 11, 2011 - 10:55PM

    @Naeem Tariq:
    Stop sucking on the conspiracy theory lollipops. What do you mean pre-planned? That Sarfaraz Shah willingly got himself shot to besmirch your pious Rangers?
    Here’s a question for you
    5. Why do Pakistanis deny the truth and find solace in conspiracy theories? Is it it because they are brainless or is it because they won’t believe it until one of their own family undergoes the same treatment?Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jun 11, 2011 - 10:58PM

    @Naeem Tariq:
    That is what Pakistanis do best; instead of acknowledging the MASSIVE problems they have within, they either point figures at America’s sexed up culture, or Israel’s “occupation” to divert their responsibilities.Recommend

  • erik
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:10PM

    This speaks volumes of Human Rights abuse in that country. It is no secret now the military and the government are hand in glove with terrorism. It time for a big change in that country.Recommend

  • Gul khan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:17PM

    @Naeem Tariq: You are right…this seems to me that rangers already have agreed on a deal with anti-Pak elements to kill this guy (or any one) and at the same time to be filmed. This incident is the continuation of the previous incidents happened during may. All the incidents have the same pattern to defame and demoralize the law enforcement institutions. I would say these few rangers have sold themselves to fulfill Anti-Pak Agenda.Recommend

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