Defence counsel says Rangers cannot be called terrorists

ATC reserves judgement on Rangers request to transfer case to civil court.

Express July 01, 2011

An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on Friday reserved its decision regarding the request made by the Rangers officials to transfer their case to a civil court.

During today's hearing of the murder case, the lawyer representing the rangers personnel said the rangers were only performing their duty and they could not be called terrorists. Lawyer Shaukat Hayat said the plaintiff and witnesses have not mentioned any terrorist activity in their statements.

Hayat also added that the cameraman who filmed the incident did not mention terrorist activity either.

The Rangers, who are accused of killing Sarfaraz Shah, an innocent boy in Karachi, have been charged under the terrorism act and are facing a trial in an Anti-Terrorism Court.

Prosecutor Mohammad Khan said it had been an individual act of the Rangers and they are responsible for the murder.

The court will give its decision on the request on Saturday.

Nineteen-year-old Sarfaraz Shah was shot by Rangers in the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Park on June 8. The incident was caught on videotape and broadcast on television channels nationwide.


Ali | 11 years ago | Reply What is a terrorist? It's usually understood as a person(s) that terrorize a certain population. While the rangers involved in the unfortunate incident can't be regarded as the same type of terrorists as the extremist groups, their actions against a young man part of the Pakistani population was a clear act of terror in every sense of the word. Thus, though the rangers are our protectors, this certain group that committed this heinous crime and murdered Sarfaraz Shah are definitely terrorists.
Fahad Raza | 11 years ago | Reply What do we call those who take the law in their own hands and kill a person without any proof ..?? Murderers.... in both cases of Kharotabad and Karachi.
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