Chief justice takes suo motu notice of Shahzeb Khan murder

Published: January 1, 2013
Summons the advocate general Sindh and the provincial police chief on January 4.

Summons the advocate general Sindh and the provincial police chief on January 4.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday took suo motu notice of news pertaining to Shahzeb Khan’s murder and ordered for a report to be presented in court, Express News reported.

The chief justice summoned the advocate general Sindh and the provincial police chief on January 4, ordering them to bring reports on the case and the investigation.

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 reportedly escaped to rural Sindh after the murder.

A three-member investigation committee was formed by the Sindh Police but so far, the committee has not made any arrests. The investigation teams that were sent to rural Sindh also came back without any breakthrough.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:15PM

    Pointless…….as all the other suo motu’s………it will land up nowhere.


  • Asad
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:21PM

    Shahzeb’s killers should be punished. But did Chief Justice took any actions on brutal killings of thousands of innocent person this year only due to the fact that they were not childrens of DSP or relatives of MNAs .


  • Basit
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:36PM

    What about suo moto of 21 levies tribesmen killed by TTP?


  • Khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:42PM

    good CJ


  • ab
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:51PM



  • Mohib
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:58PM

    Salute to Mr. CJ for taking up the case. This man is running this country. Have we heard a single word from our so much liked ‘democratic’ leaders. Oh well, I forgot, they are too busy making money, after all the end is near!


  • Amna
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:01PM

    In my country Pakistan only Allah and CJ can provide justice !!


  • Worried
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Nothing will happen!!! just remember the cae of Rinkle Kumari, after taking suo motu action he(cheif justice) ruined her life…. dont expect justice… as said, justice delayed justice denied!!


  • Junaid
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:10PM

    Its a great news that chief justice has taken notice, but chief justice or supreme court can only order(which they did), now police needs to arrest these culprits which they wont (these people are from rich elite or feudal class ) do you think police will make raid in interior Sindh) no way at all, they will run away to other country actually they dont need, they can stay in village which is like fortress and police will do nothing about it, in a few days they news will cool down, and our society i hope will not forget the innocent and keep asking for justice.


  • In the know...
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:11PM

    Thank you CJ!!!


  • Alaa Qiadat
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:16PM

    Sick of suo motoz… what abt daily 40-50 deaths by target killers and talibans..are they keray makoray? why no suo moto on them? teme single positive outcome of these suo moto except govt and CJP plays politics on ot


  • Agha Fahad
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:17PM

    I am so happy and thankful to CJ for taking Suo moto notice on this issue, from this platform I would like to convey my message to Shahzeb’s family, that you are not alone now, we all were at peaceful protest on Sunday and we remain with you the time of justice.

    May Allah give Shahzeb a best place in heaven


  • mkz
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:19PM

    “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.”

    Does the editor not know the Pakistan judicial system?? A week is not a long time… You have to be kidding! And why is this loss being valued more than the lives of the poor who die the same way in ‘petty arguments’


  • Salamander
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:20PM



  • Abdul Azeem
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:22PM

    Well done Honourable Cheif Justice. The only hope for justice in current situation.


  • Maulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:27PM

    Finally some real suo moto…well done CJP!!!


  • Naqvi
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:37PM

    And What about the 35 Shia People killed in a targeted bomb blast in Mastung…?????? Please CJ , Can’t you see Shia Genocide…??????????????????????????????????????


  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:37PM

    Hope some day Chief Justice will wake up and take notice of Shia Genocide…..


  • ManofSteel!
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Thank you SC! ..Social Media and ET should be proud of their efforts. (Down with other media which did nothing for the cause)


  • Mohammed Fahim
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:38PM

    This is the best news for us to begin the new year with. I know for a fact these ‘waderas’ and ‘sains’ hate to be challenged. To show how superior they are, they ask their servants to degrade the common man. I have witnessed myself one such wadera’s son telling his servant to slap a teacher who asked him not to park in front of the school gate. This did not come as a surprise when I first heard of this news; I knew this is nothing new for a nawab or wadera. When I got to know it was Shahzeb, my heart sank. I knew this kid, he was such a nice fellow. Always smiling and ready to go out of his way to help others.

    Shahzeb will be the face everyone will remember that brought change in Pakistan. We can’t be slaves to the will of these waderas. SC should set an example and show that no one is above the law and that nobody dares harassing our sisters.


  • Saleem
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Escaped to rural sindh. Is this the new Ilaqa ghair.


  • Raza Khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:55PM

    Thank you Chief Justice Sahib! Please punish these Feudals for the crimes committed by their unruly sons.


  • bilal
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:59PM

    thank you Chief justice sb, this will enlighten the laws and regulations of Pakistan


  • nak
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Good Job SC, but kindly consider others as well which were killed in our Urban Areas.


  • yaz
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:06PM

    That’s a welcome step by CJ. I wish he can also do something about scores killed everyday in Karachi on which no article is written and no voices raised just because they belong to a poorer section of society. They are also someone’s Shazaib and their families also feel pain.


  • Positive Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Perfect!…….the Stage was set….and actors start the play!!……CJ the ultimate new-age “thanedar” in action again…..just like always…for every wrong reason!


  • Afzaal Khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:19PM


    While I agree with ur comment on most parts I do want to point out CJ led SC did take suomoto action on law and order situation in Karachi and held hearing. In the end all CJ can do is pass observations and orders the action have to be taken by executive and legislative branches. Sindh, specifically Karachi situation can not be bettered unless 3 ruling party coalition is removed alternatively a strong central govt under direct gov raj to tackle the problem.


  • Abbas
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:19PM

    We really something beyond NOTICES now !!


  • Just another shia
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:21PM

    suo moto … ohhh yes how can i forget the case has a political link … CJ will not DARE suo moto mustang attack that killed 20 shia passengers on sunday …. after all shia killing will not bring the court any political scoring …. is it a crime to be a shia in Pakistan??


  • Jan 1, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Great !


  • Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Just today 5 people died in Karahi. One shia leader shot (we heard 21 soliders die and 21 shias killed the other day) …. these news are common in Pak sar Zamen. All of them die innocent and cold blooded deaths. Our judiciary system should cater for them as well. All citizens should get equal rights and equal sou motos


  • elcay
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Time for Dr. Quadri to question the PPP for not handing over its feudals!Recommend

  • bru
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:12PM

    thank you sir. we wish that the culprits are hanged.


  • zakaria
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Best remedy to get rid of yr pent-up frustration at such barbaric acts. Imagine u r a second class citizen [immigrant] living in a land of ‘watanees’. u cant take them on, because its their land and law [jirga] since centuries.This realization will bring a calming effect to yr soul, and
    the stress levels, bp, helplessness will no more torment u. try it. it works.


  • aamir meher
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:33PM

    its is great that cjp has taken a sou moto notice but sadly more than 10 orders has been released from cjp but there is no implementation on his orders in fact there are implementation case of his orders ..inshaallah on this orders there will be implementation … as far as arresting the culprits theer r no hassels police should go to theer hide outs and sure police must be knowing their hideouts and should grab them from their coler to the court. and “yes regarding the hide outs of the culprits police surely must bre knowing it caz what ever we eat in our house police knows that tooo”


  • TTP Sux
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:38PM


    A young man – son of a Deputy Superintendent of Police and nephew of a sitting MNA of the ruling party – while in a drunk state on 7th Muharram (22nd November) went outside Masjid & Imambargah Yasrab in DHA, Phase IV, Karachi and played loud music there on his car’s sound system while a majlis-e-aza was underway. When requested by the volunteers posted there to refrain from this he started abusing and physically attacking the volunteers. Due to their sheer number, he was, however, overpowered and sent away. The young man’s father got some of the volunteers arrested. However, since it was a wrongful arrest, the could not be detained very long.

    On 25th December (11th Safar) – hardly a month later – the same young man has been murdered in cold blood near Ibrahim Mosque in DHA, Karachi, allegedly by sons of feudal politicians.

    Unlike the second story, the first story neither made it to the media nor came under suo moto notice.Recommend

  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:40PM

    All CF can do is to take suo moto action and it is appreciable.
    Why we Pakistanis do not understand that SC has tried its best to show the real faces of the so-called champion of democracy in Pakistan on so many occasions with an objective to learn lessons from the mistakes that we have committed by bringing this political mafia in power.
    Keep in mind that the destiny of our country is in our hand and it is the obligation of all Pakistani to educate those who don’t understand that what is good and bad leadership and what are the criteria against which to judge politicians. Otherwise the current set up is intentionally keeping the people ignorant. Let’s join hands for a prosperous Pakistan.


  • Zohaib
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:36PM

    Absolutely doubt about it…i always think same….believe me..Recommend

  • Jan 1, 2013 - 6:08PM

    The Chief Justice has taken suo moto notice seven days after the murder, better late than never. Salams.


  • Ibrahim Nadir
    Jan 1, 2013 - 7:03PM

    this will result the same as the brutal killings of Sialkot brothers. What happened to that? Pakistan won’t change untill WE, THE PEOPLE change it. Not any politician.


  • Seriously
    Jan 1, 2013 - 8:46PM

    @TTP Sux

    Please provide any proof.. a clip may be or dont put allegations on someone. Stop acting like an idiot


  • Shahzad
    Jan 1, 2013 - 9:10PM

    To all my dear friends who are bashing CJ for not taking Suo Motu against Shia killings/levies men killing, please have a look at the situation bit more carefully. Did CJ not say that provincial government in Baluchistan had lost its right to govern because it had failed to ensure safety and security of its people. Hasn’t he heard about the missing persons case? 21 levies men were security personnel. Has he stopped army/FC/Levies from taking action against terrorists? Please point out how can CJ help them? Please elaborate against whom should CJ take suo motu take notice in Shia Killings/Leveis personnel killing? Every life is as precious as Shahzeb’s, no doubt about it, but please do understand, your CJ is doing best he can. He is not perfect, is far from it, but in whatever capacity and whosoever is helped by his acts, we must appreciate it.

    God bless you all.


  • Hairaan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 9:15PM

    And what about the suo moto of the Maulana Rafiq-ul-Khalil you Shias murdered in Karachi on Sunday?


  • TerrorinIndia
    Jan 2, 2013 - 4:06AM

    @Mohammed Fahim: Pakistanis awareness in this new year about the ‘evil’ waderas & to do something about them, I think, has the same level of importance as India’s new found awareness of ‘evil’ police in its country. Public awareness about this problem is driving action in India.


  • anamica
    Jan 5, 2013 - 1:31AM

    i too have a 19yr old brother whom i fight with,laugh with,study with n love .i cnt evn think to just even imagine something going wrong with him n here shahzeb khan was actually shot dead :,,( shazeb was nt my relative yet i wish to go n cry n bring him back .. n gv him to his sister .. i dont understnd log kyun maar dete hain logon ko .. they actually kill them yaar :,,(


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