Sarfaraz Shah murder: Rangers' lawyer plans appeal

The Rangers' lawyer says the judge ruled against his clients, presumably, under the influence of the Supreme Court.

Express August 12, 2011

KARACHI: The defence counsel for the Rangers personnel who were found guilty of the murder of Sarfaraz Shah said on Friday that the verdict will be challenged in the Sindh High Court.

An Anti-Terrorism Court sentenced one Rangers official to death and six others to life imprisonment for the murder of the unarmed youth who was shot dead in a park in Karachi.

(Read: One handed death penalty, others given life imprisonment)

Speaking to the media, the Rangers' lawyer, Rehmat Ali said the judge ruled against his clients, presumably, under the influence of the Supreme Court.

He said he had always disputed the nature of the case, saying that the it should not have been tried in an Anti-Terrorism Court.

(Read: Defence counsel requests case be shifted from ATC)

The defence counsel lawyer of the Rangers personnel involved in the murder said that his clients have the right to appeal in higher courts against the verdict.

Shah was shot at point blank range in the Benazir Bhutto park in an incident filmed live and broadcast on television. Footage of the incident, filmed by an Awaaz TV cameraman, was broadcast repeatedly on local television stations.

In it, a Rangers official can be seen dragging the boy, then throwing him towards half a dozen armed comrades, one of whom then shot the youth twice at point-blank range as he begged for his life.

The five Rangers were subsequently arrested and taken to the Rangers headquarters and Jinnah Court in Karachi.


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Salman | 10 years ago | Reply

This is really a ridiculous decision in my view. Had he really wanted to kill that robber, he would had fired the bullet at his head or chest but he fired on the thigh. Unfortunately the victim succumbed into injury because he was not taken to the hospital. This is sick and a share crime but assigning death penalty is way too harsh at most 15 years prison would had done the job.More then the court, it seemed a media trial.

talib | 10 years ago | Reply

We don't know how many innocent people have been killed so far just like Sarfraz Shah by such 'wild like animal' rangers & policemen. Even this single incident is enough to show the reality of brutal acts being done by these institutions and their individuals. They can prove any innocent civilian as a Dangerous Terrorist and kill. They can file false cases against innocent people and send them to jail.

Allah knows them well and they can never escape from His punishment INSHA ALLAH.

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