Shahzeb Khan’s murder: ‘Police insiders are helping suspects in hiding’

Published: January 1, 2013
"There is no information from the Karachi airport about their [suspects’] departure but we are also contacting other airports," DIG South Shahid Hayat. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

"There is no information from the Karachi airport about their [suspects’] departure but we are also contacting other airports," DIG South Shahid Hayat. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

KARACHI: The police have admitted that there are informers within the department who are passing along information to the suspects in Shahzeb Khan’s murder and helping them escape arrest.

It has been a week since 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan was gunned down, yet the police have failed to make any significant progress due to immense political pressure.

Shahzeb was killed allegedly by Shahrukh Jatoi near Mubarak Masjid in DHA on December 25. The killing resulted from a small argument he had with Nawab Siraj Talpur, when the latter’s servant verbally harassed his sister. Talpur and his friend, Jatoi, allegedly followed Shahzeb, even after the issue was settled, and shot him dead.

The two main suspects, Jatoi and Talpur, reportedly escaped to rural Sindh after the murder. A police officer, who requested not to be named, said that there is too much pressure on the law enforcers given the suspects’ influential background. He admitted that certain informers within the police force are helping the suspects escape from their hideouts ahead of a raid.

Shahid Hayat

Shahzeb’s father, DSP Aurangzeb, said that the police initially refused to register an FIR. It was only after Pakistan Peoples Party’s Nabil Gabol, who is an uncle of Shahzeb, interfered that the case was filed. “When my son was brought to the hospital, the police wouldn’t even come to the hospital for an inquiry,” he said.

The Jatois are using their money and political clout to stop the arrests, claimed DSP Aurangzeb. “The police only conducted raids at the suspects’ houses when they had escaped. They should have picked up their relatives and other family members and inquired about the criminals’ whereabouts. But this is not happening.”

According to Sindh Police spokesperson, SSP Imran Shaukat, Karachi AIG Iqbal Mehmood formed a three-member investigation committee, comprising SSP investigations south zone Faizullah Karejo and SSP Asif Ejaz Sheikh, who heads the Clifton division, and headed by district South police chief DIG Shahid Hayat.

So far, the committee has not made any arrests. The investigation teams that were sent to rural Sindh also came back without any breakthrough.

Unconfirmed arrest of guard

On Monday afternoon, there were news reports that one of Jatoi’s guards, Zulqernain, was arrested, but the police failed to confirm this.

According to DIG South Hayat, the police had no information that the two suspects left the country. “There is no information from the Karachi airport about their departure but we are also gathering information from other airports.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • mrs.zuhaib ghanchi
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:41AM



  • Psychopath in hell
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:42AM

    This is one of the many examples that we see in our society on daily basis..we need to eradicate this ‘ TU JAANTA NAHI MEIN KON HON ‘ culture..Recommend

  • Jan 1, 2013 - 1:52AM

    That’s a pity. I STILL hope culprits will be caught soon.


  • Mwaqar
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:16AM

    First,I salute to ”The Express Tribune” for bringing this story to the public notice,I hope EX-TRI keep an eye on this and makes sure killers are arrested and punished,Days are gone when Feudal were able to kill innocent,they must be punished for their crime no matter who they are,these Pakistani Feudal are the slaves of Englishmen,their forefathers licked the shoes of Englishmen and now they think they rule Pakistan. Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur must be arrested and punished according to the law,media should also keep eye on this case. In no civilised society anywhere in the world does one see the concept of feudalism take such murderous heights. Shahzeb was the light of his family’s life and they need justice and closure. Will the system give it to them?


  • Faiz Aslam
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:18AM

    God, so heart-breaking news :S
    These politicians, goverment workers etc are just a disgrace, a damn disgrace!
    I wonder how many honest, who do not take bribery, fear God at all times are in this country..

    I can assume not many, back in the old days, as I have heard from My respected Elders, Women were oppressed, they basically had no rights, now we have just hit 2013 and no-one speak up when someones son gets shot?
    I am sure alot of you know what happened to the 23- year old female in India? how many people stood up for her? The same way people should stand up for this Teenager, who had his whole life infront of him, soo many good memories, unlimited dreams waiting to be accomplished, how can the community, let alone the Police force allow someone to destroy someones Family and let the responsible to go freely? It is the power of money. Money is everything now, go to a shop, they look at your financial status,* Does he/she have a car? what mobile is he/she using? what brands is the person wearing?* After that he offers you tea/drinks, i have personally tried it myself, and the result was…hm the richer you look, the more people are affectionate towards you. why? they just want the money, anyone dies, gets hurt, they don’t care, Whoever committed the murder, and whoever is letting them walk freely, pull up your socks, remember, we came empty to this world, we will return empty too, just the good and bad deeds will accompany us, the villas, cars, expensive items etc. will all be left here for others to use.
    TL;DR: Help the affected family get justice, and throw the responsible in jail.


  • Shameema
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:10AM

    Absolutely agree. We should not let this matter rest. Just like the people in India who are coming out in support of that poor rape victim we should keep the pressure on our Government.. If these suspects are abroad we should lobby the embassies of all the diplomatic missions in Pakistan.They can check their immmigratin records. If these people can do this to a son of a police officer think what they do their poor Haris.


  • Sanna
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:39AM

    shame on sindh police for such a delayed response….if it can happen to shehzeb it can happen to anyone…if you care!!!


  • Syed
    Jan 1, 2013 - 6:48AM

    Establish law and order in our country please. Don’t let people play with the law and get away with it.


  • Ahmad Nasir
    Jan 1, 2013 - 8:12AM

    Amazing, the victim is son of a DSP and nephew of Nabeel Gabool and yet cannot get justice, May allah help the rest of us


  • confused
    Jan 1, 2013 - 8:54AM

    Why are we not surprised?


  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Jan 1, 2013 - 9:36AM

    This is common practice of Police, to do favour of Feudals
    But this time Police has to do in favour of public
    Now people already stand for reveloution
    Police must think, Police also may come in problem, people may also target police
    they have to arrest these killers, it is not difficult to Police, Police know very well
    Lets unite for this cause, to save our childrens in future
    Thanks to Nabeel Gabool to understand the feelings, and helped to register FIR


    Jan 1, 2013 - 9:51AM

    The people of Pakistan must come out on the roads to compell the Government to arrest the cuprits as early as possible they should not be allowed to go scot free on the basis of enormous money and power.The grieved family can get justice only with the help of Pakistani awam.


  • Positive Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2013 - 9:54AM

    extreme example of “Saeen to Saeen” !! :S


  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 10:23AM

    Shoot them in the head who are helping the killers to hide.


  • bilal
    Jan 1, 2013 - 10:36AM

    we will not stop the protest unless the justice is served.


  • Raza Khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 10:48AM

    Yesterday I saw a program on certain TV channel about the killing of Shahzeb Khan & literally cried! I pray to God that the real culprits are caught & punished. Thanks ET on highlighting this case!


  • mkz
    Jan 1, 2013 - 11:08AM

    Dear everyone, Please also stand up like this for every other life that is lost in this way as well. Sorry to say but there are dozens of people killed the same way everyday in Pakistan – because of small feuds. Make sure they get the same coverage as well.


  • bilal
    Jan 1, 2013 - 11:12AM

    this is not about shahzeb’s death, this is about to save thousands of shahzeb to become a victim from the owners of Pakistan.


  • Jan 1, 2013 - 11:22AM

    NO VOTING for the PPP, PMLN, PMLQ, and the rural parties unless the police do not catch the murderers and jail them like common criminals. Lets wake up Karachi and show them we mean business. Salams


  • SM
    Jan 1, 2013 - 11:41AM

    What a disgrace. Sindh police needs to hurry up or this issue will be forgotten by the media and the public and justice would not be done. There are rumors that the 2 accused have already left Pakistan.


  • Urban
    Jan 1, 2013 - 11:59AM

    In fact it’s like many other cases where even Judges complained that police is not helping to resolve a case but comes up with odd reasons to buy time n given offenders enough time to leave country, hide or gather enough backing to avoid arrest. Justice delayed is Justice denied, nation who get accustom to this has no future.


  • Paindoo
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:38PM

    It is sad that it is happening so blatantly in Pak but Pakistani Police has a long history of aiding and abetting the criminals and it is because of them such incidence took place in the first place. It is high time for the police officers to do justice to their responsibilities. Now the DSP must be realising the pain that is incurred on the relatives of such victims. I have nothing against any particular individual rather I have remained a victim of such situation.


  • WB
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:42PM

    Another gift of Zardari – Nawaz democracy! Wake up Sindh and at least vote these feudals out!


  • ishrat salim
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:10PM

    This incident has created such a hype that it has created immense pressure on the police, yet nothing has happened though the victims father himself a DSP….imagine the plight of the poor people as victims most of which go un-reported…where is justice ?

    Hope father of Shahzeb & others in positions like him realise that there is no such think as law in this country & what ordeal the poor people must be going through day in & day out….no wonder this country is into such a mess…


  • Parvez
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:12PM

    ……roumor is they are already in Dubai.
    What does Bilawal have to say about this ??


  • Sajjad Qamar
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:04PM

    Sons of people who are helping Jatois and Talpurs, once reach the same fate as of Shazeb, only than they will realize about the crime they’re helping in with and only than the justice will prevail. I am furious, angry, frustrated, desperate, hopeless & sad right now. May Allah bring justice to the family. It wont bring Shazeb but it will surely send message to those who think they can play God. Also it will bring satisfaction to me when their blood will spill. I so wanna see them hanged so that they can be “IBRAT KA NISHAAN” for everyone.


  • jami
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:52PM

    Please vote for Feudal dominated parties like PPP PMLN if you want more Shahzeb’s and innocent bakery worker of Lahore but remember you could be the next victim of Feudals


  • Raza Khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Feudals are curse & must be eliminated from Pakistan! Only country in the world where Feudals still rule. Sad state of affairs of Pakistan.


  • javaid bashir
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:54PM

    Shah Zeb Khan was murdered in a bizzare way by a Talpur family member This all happened when Khan tried to save the honor of his sisterfrom the accused. They brutally killed the ninteen year old man in his prime. No sfety hor life, liberty and the pursuitofvhappiness is available to us.With all the police force rangers and other security aencies weare at risk.

    Something has to ive way to change and revamp the system that does not work. Yeterday a big crowd of people from diverse menbers of the community were on the roads to protest and ask for justice. It has become the cry of the day : Justice for Shah Zeb’ movement.It is gatherin strength.

    The politicans, the civil society, the mothers, the sisters all were present there. The posters , the slogans, the , the mouring faces were all standing in the cold asking for justice.

    We must raise our voicesin favor of Shah Zeb



  • sam
    Jan 1, 2013 - 6:33PM

    Well, maybe everyone should carry the gun and take revenge on spot. Cant count on our Justice system – its part of the problem.


  • sam
    Jan 1, 2013 - 6:40PM

    All killers should be hanged in public every Friday. There is no fear in hearts and minds of these monsters. Or hang their family member if they have left the country along with one immigration and a policeman who were involved in the murder by supporting the killer.


  • Dr Sajjad Hussain
    Jan 1, 2013 - 7:20PM

    Feudal lords and Pakistan police.


  • Fehima
    Jan 2, 2013 - 6:22AM

    @bilal: Check out this website
    You can start an online petition also.

    Good luck!


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