Rangers shooting: Youth was unarmed when shot

Published: June 9, 2011
New footage shows man taking Sarfaraz Shah to Rangers vehicle parked inside Benazir Bhutto Park.

New footage shows man taking Sarfaraz Shah to Rangers vehicle parked inside Benazir Bhutto Park.

KARACHI: The youth shot by Rangers personnel in Karachi on Wednesday was unarmed at the time of his shooting and was left to bleed on the ground, newly released footage revealed on Thursday.

New footage shows a man taking Sarfaraz Shah to a Rangers vehicle parked inside Benazir Bhutto Park. Shah is confronted by a Rangers personnel who points his rifle at him, he is heard saying ‘I am desperate’. He is then surrounded by at least five of the Rangers personnel after which he is shot in the leg by the person who had pointed his rifle at him earlier. The footage shows him bleeding on the ground and asking the Rangers personnel to take him to the hospital, with no help or movement towards him.

Three First Information Reports (FIR) have been filed at the Boat Basin Police Station. Two of the FIRs (No. 225 and 226) have been filed naming Sarfaraz Shah as a bandit. A third FIR was filed naming two Rangers personnel, Afzal and Shahid Zafar.

Express 24/7 correspondent, Ahmed Jung reported that no arrests have been made at the Boat Basin Police Station and there is a possibility that the Rangers personnel might have been detained at Rangers headquarters.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, speaking in Sindh Assembly, said all five Rangers personnel involved in the incident have been arrested.

The Director General Rangers has also said that the culprits will be punished.

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.

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Reader Comments (108)

  • KarachiKido
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:46PM

    For the first time in my life, i wish! India or US should attack Pakistan and make all of us Slaves. No point of hoping any thing good in this country anymore!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Sohail Irshad
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:49PM

    First in Quetta, Rangers shot dead 5 persons claiming them terrorists and now they have done another extra judicial killing in Karachi by shooting one person who surrender to them, in front of witnesses. Now the Pakistan’s Rangers are no more capable of fighting on the borders to defend their country and countrymen, so they are performing their duty efficiently by killing citizens of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:49PM

    An ethical dilema ….. I remember getting mugged in Karachi at gunpoint and wishing that these people were shot at sight because filling a complaint against them would: (a) Result in retribution by the armed mugger and (b) even if caught his influential sponsors would have him released with a slap on the wrist. I dunno …. i wonder what does the family who was held hostage by him think?Recommend

  • xohaib
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:55PM

    oh! what came to his mind that he opened fire on the boy ,OMG ,i saw the the video and it was horrible. Guy was requesting him to show some mercy n to take him to hospital n those guys were not feeling any mercy for him.what kind of human beings they were . what will happen to Pakistan. God!Recommend

  • Xero
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:57PM

    are you serious, ET..? he was the brother of “a Matric student awaiting his result.”… Be professional… if you want to add emotionalism.. atleast do it right!Recommend

  • saad naseer
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:02PM

    i cant believe the ignorant outrage at this incident.i’ve seen the video the guy was lunging at the rangers when they told him to get into the car.What is wrong with our people,just because someone is dead doesn’t make him/her right.
    in all civilised countries the rule is that when a police or rangers guy tells you to stop,you stop,you raise your hands and dont move,not even to take out your wallet for your id card.The guy in the video was arguing and leaping towards the rangers and they did what was necessary.frankly i am amazed that the rest of them didn’t open fire when the guy leaped towards the ranger.

    we should take out emotional outbursts over this incident and look at the facts,sarfraz should have gotten down on the ground with his hands behind his back,not lunged at the guntoting ranger personnel.the rangers had no way of knowing if this guy was a terrorist trying to grab their gun or if he was an ordinary civilian.Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:04PM

    what a shame… Recommend

  • asif bilwany
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:06PM

    why didn’t sarfraz surrender with his hands up instead of arguing and leaping towards the rangers personnel? only because his brother is a journalist all the media is going after the throats of the ranger personnel.

    the rangers were within the law to open fire as sarfraz wasn’t getting into the van,far from it he tried to move forward towards the rangers personnel.The law enforcers are no saint but in this case they did what polic all over the world do,they opened fire when instead of raising hands up the suspect ran towards them and they according to law opened fire.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:06PM

    RUTHLESS !!! THESE 5 should not be allowed to go free or transferred. These 5 should be tried by a judge who has GUTS.Recommend

  • Much amused
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:08PM

    The rangers were probably demanding bribes and shot the guy on refusal. How much more callous can the authorities get?Recommend

  • Jamshed Iqbal
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:10PM

    If the state does not give a fair trial to this incident and punish the culprits, I would not condemn the relatives of Sarfaraz if they think about targeting rangers.Recommend

  • Ahsan Jamil
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:17PM

    You abduct journalists & Murder em, you kill innocent foreigners at borders, you shoot your OWN unarmed people…… why do we need you?
    You are no different from the crazy arab govts (Libya, Syria…Bahrain)…day by day you become closer like Israel… Killing mercilessly and without any hesitation…… Recommend

  • Sidra
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:19PM

    A child, they killed a child.Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:24PM

    It saddens me see how brutally this young man was slaughtered by the hands of the Rangers. It was indeed a display of the highest level of injustice and violation of a person’s rights by the authorities. That is what a part of me believes. The other part of me is convinced that in the end, the youth got what he rightly deserved. People who have lost someone close to them to these dacoits, robbers and muggers would probably understand my feelings.Recommend

  • Dr. Ali Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:25PM

    BTW did anyone spot that pistol in one of the aged rangers’ hands.. and did anyone notice the guy was actually goin to the rangers and touching the gun despite they didn’t do anything initially.. anyways, the culprits must be punished, however no one is “innocent”Recommend

  • Dr. Ali Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:28PM

    he is heard saying ‘I am desperate’.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Nothing going to be happend. This incident will be in news for few days and just later everyone will gorget it except his family members. Do you see any result in Sialkot incident even Cheif Justice had taken action against culprits. There is noly one law in this country which is JUNGLE KA QANOON.Recommend

  • Gappoo
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Dude, you need to polish up your English language skills … he wasn’t the brother of a Matric student … he WAS the Matric student ! Recommend

  • Amer
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:37PM

    And we shout at the Israeli Army (IDF) for shooting at unarmed civilians??? Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:38PM

    I saw this incident on TV. First, he was a Matric student and under 18, possibly under 16. I am not expert but he was a juvenile suspect. I think the guy who handed him over to the Rangers should be throughly checked and then his link with the Rangers should be checked.

    Furthermore, what kind of men are they. The suspect was begging for mercy. He could have been arrested and sent to jail. FISHY, I tell you.Recommend

    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:40PM

    @ saad and asif

    put yourself in his shoes

    the boy was out of his mind

    he wasn’t thinking at all, he was absolutely freaked out

    a group of aggressive men are kicking him around and pointing automatic guns at him while some are telling the other to “shoot shoot”

    how would you react?

    think calmly and recall what happens in hollywood

    people raise their hands and lie down when specifically ordered to by the police

    this is not a default action to do when you see a group of rangersRecommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:45PM

    @saad naseer:

    yeah u r right but in that condition you can open fire when someone runs and didn’t stop…

    theirs not the question of one life some families depend on just one person…Recommend

  • Munazza Sami
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:49PM

    any one can send me a link of this video on youtube?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:52PM

    Nothing will be happend. It will be in news for few days and later we all will gorget it. Like we don’t remeber what happend in Sialkot in last Ramzan. I agree there is no point to live with this system and it is batter if any other country takes over. We only need peace, self respect and law and order to win bread and butter for our kids without any fear.Recommend

  • ruff
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:53PM

    anyone defending this action should open their eyes. Once he was shot, the “threat had been mobilized”. The rangers shouldve transferred him to the hospital instead of letting him bleed to death. That makes it murder. Someone said that he shouldve gotten in the van. A matric student and 5 rangers? They couldve beaten him up and thrown him in the van and no one wouldve said a word. But they shot him with the intent to kill demonstrated by their ability to letting him bleed to death. fake encounter. Recommend

  • Saleem Ali
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:55PM

    I am surprised to read saad naseer above. should one be killed if he didnt know the manners of surrender? Even the literate people who can read Express Tribune can have such thoughts… I am surprised. We are heading towards bloodshed and more bloodshed and even the literate people are also party in it.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:55PM

    Absolutely disgusted.Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:57PM

    I’m SHOCKED that Pakistanis are SHOCKED!

    What is new in this? What is happening in Balochistan? What happened in 1971? To a Pakistani who’s aware of things, this should be as casual as eating chicken for dinner.

    Pakistani securty forces are basically a terrorist organization. ISI is its think tank and General Kiyani is its leader. Civilian governments are the hostages and civilians are the victims.Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:01PM

    @Saad Naseer, you must be joking right.

    One unarmed man, who looked like he had his last mean a fortnight ago, could have harmed 6 trained goondas (read as rangers), with automatic weapons.

    They could have kicked him a couple of more times and taken him inside. THEY ARE TRAINED IN ARRESTING UNARMED MEN.

    And guess what, Pakistanis like yourself won’t hesitate posting videos of Indian army beating stone throwers and protesters in Kashmir and calling that as state sponsored terrorism. They don’t kill wantonly, even when they have genuine reason to do so.Recommend

  • Moazzam Salim
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:08PM

    Apparently the Rangers killed the boy in cold blood. There have been numerous accounts of members of the Armed Forces taking law into their own hands. It seems that either there is no system in place to teach the new inductees into the forces about ethics, law and morals or if there is then it is not taken seriously by them. In recent times we have seen the Kharotabad incident and now this. These incidents and other actions of the members of the Armed Forces violating law of the land require that whenever it is apparent that such a crime has been committed the guilty should be tried under the criminal code rather than the military law. But to do that we will have to get rid of the sacred cows created in our Constitution. This is a stern test of the democratic system to take real control in such matters and to stop such heineous crimes from the rampant Rangers and other such forces. Recommend

  • maestro
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:13PM

    Sorry for Sarfaraz but you don’t jump at the security forces these days as this boy did – they don’t know if you are wearing a suicide belt or a gun – they are rightfully jumpy these days. They are at the forefront of the war on al-qaeda. Salute them when you see them and you will see the reaction. When police or Rangers stop you, get down, hands up and answer their questions, like in any other country. I have been stopped twice by police once for not wearing a seat belt and once for talking on the phone while driving. I just said bhai, I am sorry. They said don’t do it again and let me go! And those who let him bleed to death, should be hung. They have been arrested. Recommend

  • jib
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:18PM

    This is being done in a metropolitan city in broad daylight….imagine what these “defenders” do during operations on so called terror suspects..Ever wondered why terrorism has risen since the army began their operations on US instructions? Even the US ambassador was worried about excessive human rights abuse during the so called war on terror.
    If this would have happened to some boy in waziristan, his brother would surely have opted for revenge…Recommend

  • shahid
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:21PM

    @saad naseer:
    very good comments, saad, i pray that u some day also come across such situation, and i would love to see, how u behave in that situation…….Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:24PM

    Sorry Kiddo ! Not interested !!Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:28PM

    @saad naseer: I wonder how ignorant you are about the so-called security forces and their mind set. They have a history full of extra judicial killings and other serious human rights violations. People like you try to provide a cover the crimes of these uniformed tyrants because of your own reasons. I am not sure how would you justify the extra-judicial killings of five innocent Chechen’s, including a pregnant lady, in Quetta incident that took place recently. We have been witnessing the atrocities of our security forces since independence, so do not try to pose yourself as the only aware person in this country.Recommend

  • Ali Kazmi
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:34PM

    @ saad naseer

    You have got a Saudi Brain to manipulate things unhumane
    Sick Sick!!!

    You didnt tell the people out here, if rangers had fired the suspect down! what kept them from handcuffing him and transferring him to first aid…I guess your brains didnt get an impulse on the post shooting syndrome.Recommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Akhter Dar
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:37PM

    Guys we all know what happened is worst. But, we should hold our senses, talking stupid like KarachiKido is insanity. lets hope for the justice once again.Recommend

  • A.Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:39PM

    may be a reorganization of police is needed so that the need of this useless force (Rangers) can be diminished. Police collaborate with internal intelligence agencies and thats it. Thats how it works in other developed countries.Recommend

  • Babar Ali
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:40PM

    Brutal act by the rangers. culprits should be punishedRecommend

  • Saki
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:43PM

    Shame on Rangers very shame..
    Rangers’ responsible personnel should be punished accordingly to law And should be asked to leave Karachi immediately. They are no more required in Karachi city bcoz they have already failed to provide security and maintained law and order situation in Krachi city. Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 3:43PM

    If you see the video you will see how the boy is totally silent when he is pushed towards the Rangers mobile. He is standing silently. Then the Rangers in-charge says “shoot him! shoot him!” at which point the boy freaks out and grabs the front end of the gun and begs them not to do it. How many of us wouldn’t do that when you have 5 bloody guns being pointed at you? Then he is seen as being thrust backwards by 2 guards. He is unarmed. He is not near the gunman. He is simply standing 10 feet away from the guards when he is shot in the leg. He faints. Then he regains his unconsciousness. Meanwhile the Rangers personnel stand by and inform someone on wireless that they have apprehended a dacoit.

    Oh my Allah! Have mercy on this country! Tujhe teri azeem zaat ka wasta! Reham farma! Reham farma!Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Just to add a bit more info, in the original footage on youtube he is heard saying:
    “I am desperate, i am desperate… The gun is fake… I only took the mobile”
    This did not change my views on the issue, this was cold blooded murder.Recommend

  • bulbul
    Jun 9, 2011 - 3:50PM

    I watched the video. I have no words at all to show how sad, disappointed and disgusted i am. Who allowed these people to become judges themselves and provide “insaaf”. Allah will take care of the treatment these Rangers soldiers deserve. That’s all I’m counting on, I don’t trust the judiciary, the army or the govt.Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 4:11PM

    @asif bilwany:
    Because he was in a panic. He just got a beat down, shoved into a group of Rangers and promptly had a gun shoved in his face.

    And no, not getting in the van does not excuse the kill.

    This is the universal rule for authorities dealing with citizens: You kill them only if there is imminent danger to you or someone else. He was not capable of invoking that rule with any action he took. That “grab” was not a “grab.” Look at his hands when he does it. They aren’t attempting to grasp anything. They’re palm down responding to the raises of the barrel fearing for his life. He was freaking out every time the barrel was raised probably believing the moment it pointed at him, he was dead. His fear panic was justified for a reason I have yet seen to be mentioned. He already had it pointed at him and then the ranger lowered it as a sign of not shooting. That implies that the next time it was raised, he was going to use it.

    Lines can get blurred, but this is certainly not an example of it.

    He also could have stopped at the first shot that hit him in the leg. He was completely helpless at that point. They can’t even blame a reflex of sorts in this case. After he hit the ground shot in the leg, there was a delay before the second shot was taken meaning he knew the guy was no danger and figured “what the hell, why not?”

    Furthermore. No, merely disobeying does not warrant the kill. There are plenty of non-lethal-force methods open to them. Also, the reaction to disobedience is part of the law. That means you arrest them and charge them with it. You must have quite the subservient life to end up with the point of view you have.Recommend

  • Imran
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:13PM

    Agreed, if the man was robbing someone, how could he be called innocent and blah blah.Recommend

  • ASQ
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:13PM

    i am really appalled by some people trying to justifying the acts of rangers.like i always say police,rangers or armed forces don’t consider ordinary pakistani as humans simple as that!Recommend

  • Moazzam Salim
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:27PM

    @saad naseer:
    You seem to forget that this is a democratic society and you dont just shoot people. Maybe when a Martial Law is in place but not when the law is supposed to be the guiding force. I hope that there are less like minded people thinking on the same pattern as you do otherwise there is no hope for Pakistan.Recommend

  • akhtar nawaz
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:33PM


    I am putting myself in the shoes of the deceased.

    hmm…..Okay here goes: I would not lunge at a group of Rangers personal if I had been caught robbing some people in a park. If I shout “I am desperate” I am clearly indicating that I did infact try to rob someone.

    Having said that. This is street justice and should not have happened. Rangers should have arrested him and handed him over to the police. Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 9, 2011 - 4:37PM

    Rangers must go to border responsibility not security in cities, they are not trained for that and police need recruits to match requirements in cities , police should better deal with public area normal law and order ….Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:01PM

    I’m not saying he deserved it; but he had it coming; even if you wave a toy gun infront of a cop in New York, London, Paris, Chicago or anywhere else, you will get a bullet in your head or chest (not even your leg)

    This was foolish of him and he was a mugger. He had it coming.Recommend

  • Fahad Batla
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Someone must also point towards the fact that the media should not be allowed to show such raw & violence filled footages. There are children / people with weak heart sitting there too watching news channels. Recommend

  • AZ
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:05PM

    @KarachiKido: Its same in India and US. Dont use this excuse to degrade Pakistan. Your “wish” is not the solution of every problem. If you are so much upset then get out of your homes and bring a revolution.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:06PM

    KarachiKido .. human slavery is existent in the world. go and knock yourself out but dont count others in with you Recommend

  • Aftab Khattak
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:07PM

    For all those having sympathy for the person who was robbing a family in broad daylight, and got shot by law enforcement personnel, may perhaps themselves undergo a mugging incident or robbery at gunpoint to understand how such a situation develops.

    If we see a couple of more , incidents of such sort ,where the law enforcement personnel perform the duty they are suppose to do , to protect the innocent , from thugs and criminals
    , only then perhaps the alarming street crime situation in Karachi may dull down.Recommend

  • disgusted
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:10PM

    @saad naseer, no security personnel is ever allowed to shoot an unarmed civilian, regardless of whether there is a conflict or not Recommend

  • Pakistani 57
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:25PM

    I dont hear any one standing and shouting in outrage when kids like these shoot innocent people (who are not carrying even fake guns) for a mobile worth 1000 Rs, sad for the boy but he wasn’t no angel Recommend

  • Jazib
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:27PM

    If only he had quietly gotten in the van, why beg for your life when you all you have to do is go sit in the vehicle…Recommend

  • Haider Hussain
    Jun 9, 2011 - 5:35PM

    Everbody in this country is desperate. But this doesn’t mean that everybody should go out with fake/original guns and start looting people. What rangers did was not right. But what these muggers have been doing is equally wrong. Dont you know what they do when someone they are mugging begs for mercy. They SHOT HIM without a second thought!!!! Even if they are arrested, they easily get out through bribing. Killing them on the spot is, unfotunately, the only option.Recommend

  • Ba Ha
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:44PM

    Their officers should also strand trial and be punished. else people cannot ensure safety to the rangers in the cities of pakistan Recommend

  • aamer
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:45PM

    My ancestors did a blunder by crossing borders.India is progressing fast and in years to come ,they will become next china.We are going to become next somalia.ITs shame to admit that our leaders never contributed 1% to cause of freedom struggle of independence of British india.WE got it on our plates.We were created for feudal landlords,businessmen who were afraid to compete with hindu banyas.

    Shame on us for such incidentsRecommend

  • Amir
    Jun 9, 2011 - 6:57PM

    We should never have gotton “Azadi” from Britian – British were much better rulers then our corrupt robbers rulers we have now. We need to have True Inqlab in this country –Recommend

  • S
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:08PM

    These kinds of incidents do not happen in the U.S. If police brutality does happen in the U.S. (which it does), action is taken. Especially when it is caught on video. And a brutal shooting? Imagine, if this exact scenario happened in a park in New York City, what do you think the reactions would be of the people of NYC, the city government, and the federal government? It would be a major fiasco. I would guarantee resignations would be implemented and it would be a major human rights issue. One of the key components of living in a progressive society is protection under the law for all citizens. Even criminals have rights. I know that may sound like a foreign concept to Pakistanis living in Pakistan, but a ALL human beings do possess certain natural human rights. The rangers could have simply arrested the young man and implement the local laws from there. If any people in this forum, believe its “ok” to shoot innocent or criminal people, then they are no different from the people they are pointing fingers at. Then again, this is just another example of a country securing its place under the banner of “failed state”. Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:23PM

    @KarachiKido: We(Indians) are not interested in pak and problems. We want to stay away from this. Our world is beautiful and we want to enjoy it. We get 60-70 years to live and those years are very precious for us. It’s your country and it’s your duty to solve the problems. Thanks. Recommend

  • bz
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:24PM

    well he pointed a gun at some one’s family fake or real and robbed them.

    he got caught and then shot.Recommend

  • QB
    Jun 9, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Its a shame that some here are saying that the boy should have raised his hands calmly and surrendered — If you have any sympathy left in your hearts than think how can any one expect to remain calm and know what to do in that situation. I have seen the video — he was not going to snatch the gun — he was just pleading with his hands to lower the gun that was pointed at him.

    He is with Allah — and Allah is no unjust.

    Do you all see now what Imran Khan has been saying for years? Insaf before any thing else and that our police etc are filled with criminals inducted by different political parties.Recommend

  • asma
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:01PM

    this is sick, how can they shoot an unarmed person, then watch on as he pleads for his life. how can some one be so heartless as to watch another person suffer..this is the name of pakistan.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:15PM

    Rangers should first investigate what happen then take necessarily action. A person take another person to rangers and said that he is MUGGER then they don’t even listen to the another GUY ??????????

    This country is now HOPELESS, m sure this case will be also closed like others….

    Very Disappointing.Recommend

  • imran
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:16PM

    shame on pakistani sucrity forces, they have capability of killing his own people, they are unprofessional, when they are involved of killing of his own people,Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 10:44PM

    Pakistan is at war and under the prevalent war like conditions when suicidal attacks are common; any one behaving suspiciously can be taken as suicide bomber and be shot at; before this he kills many more.

    I wonder why the man is not seen surrendering with his hands up???

    This news in the media has become a big hype but investigative journalism demands that rather than blowing it out of proportions the man who is seen shooting. His verdict should also be brought forward on TV. Otherwise it is one sided story; just a hype… to undermine rangers and Pakistan security forces.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Its a shame what ever happened. He was un armed and begging for mercy in front of 5-6 people. they can catch him easily. but still on the other hand i would say as few people mentioned why not he raised his hands up while he was in front of them. I will say In all other countries obedience of law is taught from the school and even a child know when police officer stops you have to stop. But in out country there is no such awareness at all secondly all our law enforcement agencies are corrupt. Now pakistan is a jungle state. Recommend

  • SillyPeople
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:18PM

    Pakistanis seem to think high morals are an inborn trait of humans and it is so easy to follow the straight path when you’re desperate regardless of what happens to yourself and your family. It is not an unnatural thing for people to commit crime.


    It is very easy to make fancy comments why street crime is wrong

    People are not machines. You cannot expect a portion of the population to not act in unacceptable ways to survive. It is natural, life must find a way.

    Work on ways to not have that situation arise.

    And a society where even murderers are shot has stooped to barbarianism. It is “DEGENERATING”.


    That’s how you drive out the latterRecommend

  • yasir Bhatti
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Every person is involve in it but no one stand up against that gov
    basicaly we all slaves of that gov . Every person spoke but no one come out for the betterment of this country . This country wants blood of public once again like 1947 then the better gov come . Which is yours . Who run this country better . Sad who rule on muslims . These non muslims our politition they did not able to recite the Surah”s of our Holly Quran .plz think about that if we don”t then ready for this that was again happen . plz come out for our rights its time to think . It is time to change our country
    Thanks Recommend

  • Taimoor
    Jun 10, 2011 - 12:08AM

    It took a man to set himself on fire in Tunisia to ignite a revolution – What will it take in Pakistan? This state of lawlessness stems from the very top and grows from the bottom.

    The options are clear 1) Revolution 2) Slow Renaissance through education.Recommend

  • Asim Israr
    Jun 10, 2011 - 1:03AM

    It is because of such tragedies, I do not feel pity anymore when these law enforcement agencies get attacked or killed. They equally deserve it based on their evil acts.Recommend

  • Omer
    Jun 10, 2011 - 1:16AM

    Even if he was a terrorist, the rangers had no authority to shoot him unless a) he was armed and attacked them b) tried to run away from them. He was un armed which is proof that he was no mugging anyone. It is not unto the soldier to decide who is a terrorist and who is not. It could have been anyone of us. If i point at someone and start shouting he is a robber he snatched my fone, there is every likelihood that that man would be shot at sight. Recommend

  • ghairatmand
    Jun 10, 2011 - 2:58AM

    @KarachiKido: Sorry dude, we are not interested and were never interested in attacking you, even if it is on humanitarian ground. We have enough trouble to deal with can’t afford to inherit yours. But if you ask us to work with you to remove the evil of terrorism in both countries, then yes, we gladly join your hand.Recommend

  • delhi_se
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:00AM

    @xohaib: Result of 60 years of hatred towards India. What is left is just hatred and no value for human life.Recommend

  • UFD
    Jun 10, 2011 - 6:42AM

    Even if the guy was guilty, abroad they would NOT shoot the person in the head/chest as that would kill them – contrary to what Waqas has said above (who obviously has watches too many movies or 24!).. scene is that they are not supposed to shoot you unless they know you’re armed and a danger. This guy was clearly unarmed and freaking out, even he must have known what was to expect.. no one wants to die, they’d wanna take a stand or at least run for it.. killings/murder has become so common especially in Karachi, that most of the residents here feel its a norm, have become complacent… just because its not affecting them directly. Take the Rahman dacoit & co. case, it was only until the influential & the rich people of DHA karachi took strong action before the culprits were caught (that too after 400 separate crimes!). It just means the system doesn’t work as it should…This man should have been taken to the hospital where likelihood is he that he would have survived, then he could have been taken for a fair and legal trial, and punished accordingly… So even if the guy tried to grab the gun, who cares, he was already outnumbered, unarmed, crapping his pants – even the 5 men tackling him together would have been enough..Most of you here seem to have dangerous undertones in your thinking, maybe would take the law into their own hands… die like cowards or the smartest ones would remain calm and take out rishwat money for a cordial release… not everyone has that privilege though.. people already realize the atrocities going on everyday, the general awaam … These rangers should be punished severely & permanently removed from service for being a danger to society.. pfft..and these are the people who are meant to PROTECT us!? … Our govt. will just cover up this one too… not forgiven, and certainly not forgotten!…Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:18AM

    My aunt who was watching this on TV suddenly gasped and said he looks so simialr to the person who robbed them off their mobiles and burse in Clifton area.Recommend

  • IWriteURead
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:59AM

    I hate to be a Pakistani! Will someone sane please take over our country.
    The Rangers guys should be punished real hard and in public so that others do not choose to abuse power and authority.Recommend

  • Who Cares
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:23AM

    I believe it was an accident on behalf of Rangers, they are also human being we expect too much from them. But like in car accidents due to little negligence we have to bear bigger losses. This was the situation in hand for this case. Stop dramatize it and take it as it is. Yes rangers should be dealt severely for not properly handling the situation when there are lot more options, to avoid future mishaps.Recommend

  • fareed ahmed
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:57AM

    lnice commentRecommend

  • Hasnain
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:08AM

    O God What had I done that u have born me in this country among these animals ?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 10, 2011 - 11:26AM

    @Who Cares:
    CRAP!!! He was deliberately shot and these callous murders waited for him to die, watching him writing in pain and begging them to take him to hospital. You call these beasts “HUMAN BEINGS”??? They are worse then beasts. They area disgrace to humanity.They should be shot at the same location and publiclyRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 10, 2011 - 11:28AM

    @Jamshed Iqbal:
    I AGREE WITH YOU 100%Recommend

  • ifti
    Jun 10, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Who made this footage so peacefully and closely. How he was already present there and ready to make this video. It seems a conspiracy from agencies and concerned parties who don’t want peace in karachi and pakistan. Someone wants to target the role of law and order institutions. They want to hit the appointment of rangers in karachi. In all this, they played with the life of an innocent citizen. We, our courts and investigation team should try to see behind th scene and try to unveil actual motives of this event. Sarafraz was brother of a reporter or not, for me he is a pakistani and my brother. His family must get the justice. just removal of DG and IG is not a solution. We are just creating crisis..Recommend

  • BleedingKarachi
    Jun 10, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Where were these Brave Soldiers when blood was like rain water on streets on “Black May 12 day”?Recommend

  • maestro
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:03PM

    I think it was a message from Rangers that anyone doing any badtameezee will be dealt with brutally. Thats why they allowed it be filmed. Its still wrong. He should have been given a couple of slaps and taken to court. And the boy, I am sorry, should have gotten down on his knees with hands up, let them check him for weapons, and then straight to thana. I know we are at war and Rangers cannot tolerate theft, or violence that kills them first of all. They are jittery. You never lunge at a gun pointed at you. I guarantee that if he had put his hands up and said bhai, I am sorry, this would not have happened. Learn to respect the army and police who put up their lives daily so we can be safe. Recommend

  • Mustafa Hassan Malik
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:22PM

    We are an ignorant nation and believe what our biased media tells us.. look at this video and u can see that this guy is not surrendering but asking for forgiveness because he knows he is wrong and has been caught on sight and then in desperation he lunges toward the ranger and tries to get hold of his gun again and again.. and in these crucial times when terrorism and crimes are on their heights this was expected. and this is a law that whenever a suspect retaliates he must be shot in leg and from video it is clear that the ranger wanted to shoot him in leg but got on his thigh because he was constantly moving. this media roar will last a weak or two they just want masala to keep money flowing like it happened with sialkot brother case that none of the channels now even speak for it because its all over and the truth came out. security forces will not gain anything by killing civilians they are the only saviors of Pakistan otherwise these greedy politicians would hv sold Pakistan long ago.Recommend

  • Raza
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:41PM

    it is very normal for all of us except it was videoed.
    Every day scores of people are killed in almost similar fashion.

    We as a HUMAN are actually dogs which only barks.Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 3:53PM

    well you people should know the situation by now when these muggers come to civilians they threaten even kill innocent people and shoot people at blind range why are you people making a fuss when a mugger gets killed when he was begging for his life he should have remembered when he killed some one. And he was ind defense so he was caring a plastic gun so what defense is a highly security area he must have though he would have been spared but i guess he got the bullet in his legs. How you ever seen a gun in your face brain usually stop working i have been in that situation with a real angry thug at that time have you ever considered those who have been shown the gun in there face that changes life grow up people stop abusing rangers it is a army unit.
    They did wrong let them be trialed all hatter of army should shut the hell up.

    listen to the video and see what the hell he was babbling Recommend

  • Anjam Sohail
    Jun 10, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Are we going to blame the US for this too?Recommend

  • rashid
    Jun 10, 2011 - 4:52PM

    @narayana murthy: whos caused 1971 it were u indians and stop blamming PAKISTANI forces we all with our army theya are fighting RAW Taliban are figghting for INDIA they got indian weapons and see what you are doing with innocent Kashmiris
    u should please shut upRecommend

  • bhinder
    Jun 10, 2011 - 6:13PM

    is this our rangers
    this people will destroy our country
    full justice should be done
    i have no words for it
    it is sad and sorrow Recommend

  • bhinder
    Jun 10, 2011 - 6:21PM

    is this our ranger
    they are not humans
    i felt very sorry for that guy
    full justice should be done and the rangers should be punished*Recommend

  • jeb
    Jun 10, 2011 - 7:18PM

    @amir- stop lyingRecommend

  • Salman
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:26PM

    @saad naseer:
    Sorry to say but, you are such a liar…SHAME ON YOU…..the video clearly shows that OTHER 6 RANGERS were encouraging the shooter to “kill & shoot”….they were saying “Maar….maar….maar iss ko…” So, please have some respect for your self. Also, even if Rangers could not control him before shooting, then what was keeping them from taking him to the hospital after he was soooooo badly injured and bleeding.??? they were all standing there watching him begging to be taken to the hospital??
    I am sorry to be harsh, but its people like you who justify any act of brutality comitted by people in uniform.
    Which Pakistan these People Uniform want to save? A Pakistan without any living soul? They kill people in the name of saving the country and they dont want anyone to criticize them because they are the saviours of the country? But can there be a country without people????
    What if it was your son who was murdered like this?Recommend

  • Ummer Khan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:55PM

    @Saad Naseer:
    I think you haven’t seen the whole video. If he had any weapon or if he posed any threat he would have killed the man who caught him first and handed him over to the rangers. The boy was harmless. Even if rangers fired at him thinking of him as some superman who would take the whole five of them on, they should have fired at his legs as is done in your so called civilized societies. This was a murder and it depicts the level of frustration, lawlessness, cruelty and barbarism in our society.Recommend

  • Noise
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:08PM

    One of the rangers was saying, “shoot him!” “shoot him!” 2 seconds after he started talking, no wonder her was trying to push the gun barrel away. And after they shot him they just left him there to bleed out. The officers of the law must follow the law, no law tells you to kill a man who has surrendered and is begging for mercy.


  • usama
    Jun 11, 2011 - 6:54AM

    The rangers personnel involved should be punished. There is no way of justifying their act even if the deceased was a criminal. I dont understand why are people and media critcizing the whole rangers force for the mistake of 5 men. It is a big problem of our society to get emotional on every such incident. According to wikileaks, Pakistan lost $2 billion after the assasination of benazir bhutto. This outburst of emotions is never going to help us.Recommend

  • Azeem
    Jun 11, 2011 - 8:33AM

    Dont Ever expect a safe hand from Law inforceing either its Ranger ,Police, this is a new face of real terriost crime of murder is cheeper then sloughting a chicken.
    Its comming true when Mushraf in last speach of his president ship Expressed his last world PAKISTAN KA KHUDA HAFIZRecommend

  • S
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:10AM

    @ all the Indians commenting on this post, feeling sorry for us and silently basking in the “serves-them-right” syndrome: there are only two options;
    1) the more likely, that Pakistan fails. In that case, you’ve got 200 million hungry, desperate refugees at your eastern border, anarchy, chaos; and you can bid your 8% growth rates goodbye.
    2) that Pakistan doesn’t fail (i.e., the jihadis win). In which case, you’re in an even bigger mess.
    bottom line, you’re buggered either way, so quit feeling so SMUG.
    Thanks :) Recommend

  • Aon
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:55AM

    I genuinely feel sorry for the young guy …..he died in vain at a such a young age.

    The Rangers are being made the scapegoat for a systemtic failure……we intuitively want a victim and person to put the blame on.

    Even more worrying and alarming is the twisted and diabolical role of journalists. They have doctored the video footage , the bit where the boy lurches at the Rangers and tryies to touch his gun ( if not snatch it ) has been very cunningly removed. This is perversion of justice and attempt to manipulate evidence. Recommend

  • BleedingKarachi
    Jun 11, 2011 - 12:11PM

    “Every Country has Army, Pakistan Army has a country”. In my personal opinion, right position of armed forces is on border or in barracks. Since long, they have not fought with real Armed forces, so they have started their “exercises” on civilians. Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:28PM

    a. In response to narayana murthy…..filthy indian should not poke their dirty noses in Paksitan’s internal affairs.

    b. We still have not heard the story of rangers personnel and with out having asking their version, we should not accuse them.
    c. There have been many cases in karachi where in mobile snachers killed the innocent people while taking the cell phone on gun point on little hesitation by the owner. Did any body wrote about that brutal act??
    d. The boy himself claimed that he had snached cell phone by showing the toy gun. What i perceive is that the boy must be trying to threaten the rangers by giving them the reference of his brother, the reporter of SAMMA TV.
    e. No security personnel can be so irreresponsible, irrational and insane that with out any threat he would fire upon an innocent. i just can’t digest it.
    f. People must adhere to law and stop critisizing the security forces. Snatching is a crime and killing of a criminal is not a crime.
    g. Salute to rangers and Pakistan security forces. Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:40PM

    either you are not patriotic or have no vision of on going security scenario and international conspiracy. stop critisizing the armed forces and security forces. A criminal should be killed and not to be supported. Recommend

  • basharat Hussain
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:17PM

    this act of rangers is a state terorism and unprofessional attitude not more than this………………..Recommend

  • Nadeem Akhtar
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:36PM

    it is strange, peoples are live but actulay we are all dead.Recommend

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