Defence counsel says Rangers cannot be called terrorists

Published: July 1, 2011
Arrested Pakistani paramilitary Rangers and a civilian, their faces covered in blankets, sit in a armored vehicle as they leave for jail from an anti-terrorism court after a hearing in Karachi. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

Arrested Pakistani paramilitary Rangers and a civilian, their faces covered in blankets, sit in a armored vehicle as they leave for jail from an anti-terrorism court after a hearing in Karachi. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

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.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Jul 1, 2011 - 3:45PM

    Terrorists or no terrorists… they should be held responsible for the crime comitted and serve punishment due on them. Recommend

  • SK
    Jul 1, 2011 - 3:57PM

    Define the term “terrorism” so we understand why they should be dealt exceptionally and can’t be called terrorists, until then they are terrorists as they killed an unarmed man at their own whim- actually they are worse than a normal terrorist because they are supposedly there to protect that very man who they killedRecommend

    Jul 1, 2011 - 4:22PM

    Sarfaraz Shah was shocking

    this rangers are beasts . not all rangers are bad

    but these rangers behaved like talibans monsters which dont have human felling

    what wrong boy done he was without anything , in young age people go wrong not means to kill himRecommend

  • mohammad iqbalammad
    Jul 1, 2011 - 5:28PM

    khoratabad and benazir park. In both places, the culprits will go scot free. Now it is very difficult to differentiate between law enforcing forces and occupied forces. Pakistan is now under the influence of occupied forcesRecommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 1, 2011 - 6:00PM

    Any one who kills a person without any legal authority is called a terrorist.

    Rangers have killed a innocent youth.

    How does the defence lawyer will defend that Rangers are not terrorists?Recommend

  • Jul 1, 2011 - 6:15PM

    watch online full footage of ranger killed serfraz shah killed
    Ranger killed a young man in KarachiRecommend

  • Numair
    Jul 1, 2011 - 9:54PM

    What Rangers had done in Benazir Park was their duty? Shame on you Mr. Shaukat Hayat by giving such statements. Their duty was to protect the public but not to kill. If this happened with yourself or any of your relative then I ask from you whether Rangers man performing their duty or doing perform terrorists activity?Recommend

  • Jul 2, 2011 - 8:03AM

    You’d think the label they’d be most concerned with is “guilty.” After all, if they get rid of that one “terrorist” goes away along with it. But, it matters very little. If people can’t get convicted off the current evidence against them, nobody can.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jul 2, 2011 - 10:49AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.If killings of innocent people is allowed by the law enforcement agencies in Pakistan and innocent people’s killers law enforcement agencies persons can’t be called terrorists then Alqaeda/Taliban also can never be called terrorists.Recommend

  • Asghar Khan
    Jul 2, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Yeah, cover their faces as if we have not seen that before?
    and why is the guy on the left smiling about, happy to be on camera, wanna kill people?

    I know what will happen!

    What ever happened to those people who killed two teenagers in sialkot – everyone will forget and move on even US!

    Kill or be killed!Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jul 2, 2011 - 12:07PM

    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.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 3, 2011 - 12:31AM

    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. Recommend

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