Shahzeb Khan murder: Police arrest prime suspect Siraj Talpur

Published: January 5, 2013
Shahzeb's killing resulted from an argument he had with Talpur, when the latter’s servant verbally harassed his sister. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Shahzeb's killing resulted from an argument he had with Talpur, when the latter’s servant verbally harassed his sister. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

KARACHI: Police arrested Siraj Talpur – one of the suspects in Shahzeb Khan’s murder case – on Saturday from Naushahro Feroze, Express News reported.

The other suspect, Shahrukh Jatoi, is still at large.

The car from which Shahzeb was shot at was also recovered.

Shahzeb was shot dead near his home in Defence last week. A popular student and son of DSP Aurangzaib, Shahzeb’s murder created an uproar in civil society.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on January 1 took suo motu notice of the murder and ordered for a report to be presented in court.


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 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.

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  • Paindoo
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:20PM

    ALHAMDULILLAH, waiting for arrest of Shahrukh Jatoi and capital punishment for both. CJ must complete this case by issuing a verdict and must not let this case join other incopmlete suo-motu club.


  • well wisher
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Now lets see if the courts can do justice. This will start a new chapter in this country’s history where the mighty can also be tried and punished


  • Zeta
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Well done police


  • Khan
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Gud work,,need to get jatio also..


  • AK
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Thanks GOD ! Let the justice be served now !


  • Fahd
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:28PM

    Well I guess there is still some justice left in our society. Hope the other culprit gets caught soon. This uproar by civil society shows what can be done if people come together for a good cause. i just hope that Pakistan’s civil society becomes more active then it is now.


  • Obaid
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:29PM

    One down one to go.


  • Shahzad
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:31PM

    This goes on the show that our police, in whichever state it is, can still apprehend the criminals. Its just a political will which is lacking. My salute to CJ for the executive order. Our fate is in our own hands, please don’t elect thieves, waderas, killers, extortionists, dual nationals in next elections, please for God’s sake. And to Mr. CJ, now we need to see these vultures hanged as soon as possible.


  • Zulfiqar
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:40PM

    a very good news :)


  • Junaid
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:42PM

    this unfortunate incident is mis reported based on my knowledge as i get to know accused talpur.

    some mis reported facts:

    shahrukh jatoi and talpur didnt knew each other.

    shahzeb badly beaten the servant which is understandable but when jatoi tried to free him shahzeb badly abused jatoi for quite long and hit him as well it seems only reason jatoi got involved was because servant was being beaten on road and traffic got blocked.

    shahzeb father was also involved in beating and when he came to know he is son of sikander his father tried to get them patched up.

    they did patched up and and suddenly shahzeb went to his cousin who is son of nabeel gabol and brought his armed guards and said ab bhen???? bolo.

    talpur got overly angered after seeing his beaten servant.

    again argument happened which probably lead to this unfortunate death.

    this is no issue of feudalism but bad behavior and bad parenting on all sides and unfortunate chaos we live in as late shahzeb was very abusive all along.

    reason behind wiritng this is to tell the truth that i got to know May Allah bless the deceased.


  • Enigma
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:46PM


    Long live youth. Long live chief justice


  • Ayesha
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:47PM

    good news at last !


  • Enigma
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:47PM

    Long live youth of pakistan

    Long live chief justice


  • Analyzer
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Finally! Credit should be given to Express and CJ for bringing about this action. Now police should arrest sikander jatoi for hiding and abetting a criminal.


  • SOmeone
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Jan 5, 2013 - 5:00PM

    this goes to show the power of social media.


  • Shah
    Jan 5, 2013 - 5:07PM

    Jatoi is below 18 was punishment will be very less unfortunately!!


  • M. Ahmed
    Jan 5, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Justice must prevail. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


  • Paki
    Jan 5, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Good to know. But still they have to be punished to make an example. A request to media: Please don’t forget this case until it is over. Otherwise these men will go free!


  • tony
    Jan 5, 2013 - 5:24PM

    The country is at a pivotal stage… the police need to show prudence regardless of exterior forces justice needs to prevail for sake of the nation!


  • Obaid
    Jan 5, 2013 - 5:41PM

    ET’s role is creating awareness about this issue needs to be appreciated as well.


  • Much Amused
    Jan 5, 2013 - 5:47PM

    May I ask how you possess this info. Nothing like this has come out in the media. Maybe you are making an effort to cover up.


  • Salman
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Justice will not be served until they are being punished by the Law! Still a very delightful news…


  • AA
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:22PM

    I see the beginning of the end of feudals power in this country


  • Jan 5, 2013 - 6:25PM

    They should be punished so that other people got lesson,otherwise it will be useless to arrest them.


  • Faraz
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:27PM

    “this is no issue of feudalism” so what else is feudalism? can you please explain! Mr-Feudal-apologist, please don’t come here excusing for murdering a helpless man. You try to make it sound as if these Talpurs and Jatois are innocent and Shehzeb is the one guilty. Remember he is the one who got killed! Besides your story does not make much sense, if Jatoi and Talpur didn’t know each other then why were they together all the time? and why did they kill Shehzeb together?!


  • sidrah
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Is shahzeb actually related to nabeel Gabol? But he is not Sindhi how is he related to that family?


  • shariq
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:37PM

    -very absurd as why the (Nabeel Gabool Guards) did not fire in reply of shahrukh firing?
    -For your information Jatoi’s family never comes out without thier guards
    -why the media is telling lies as on the other hand Jatoi owns one of the TV channel
    -Not a single witness came forward if we suppose your version is correct?
    -what about aerial firing three shots every body heard on the crime scene
    -what you are saying is the same thing which Mr Sikandar Ali Jaoi told in Express Television
    -Last but not the least your story has so many flaws which can be proven in Court of Law


  • NAkhtar
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:40PM

    Long live Chief justice who took notice and police had been able to recover them,other wise they were out of sight……..


  • Imran Ahmed (@IAgnikul)
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:54PM

    We hope for a fair trial without witness intimidation, bribes, qisas law being used by either side both of whom should calmly put their case with evidence before a court. Chanting mobs, slogan shouting intimidation, lawyer hooliganism, corrupt cops and unjust laws hopefully will not enter the equation.


  • KAT
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:57PM

    No use of this suo moto notice. Already there are a huge pile of these kinds of notices and nothing has been solved. All the criminals are living happily.


  • yaz
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:57PM

    One rat in the hole, one to go. ONLY CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WILL DO JUSTICE! And dispose off the case asap.


  • Saad
    Jan 5, 2013 - 7:01PM

    I believe Junaid has the right to say what he thinks is correct. Learn to accept that other people may have other opinions about things. That doesn’t make them lesser mortals. Jeez.


  • Raza Khan
    Jan 5, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Hang these monsters! Heard Papa Jatoi last night on Express TV & he was lying like anything. He was neither apologetic neither ashamed of his son’s actions. Like son like father! What can you expect from these Feudals?


  • waqas
    Jan 5, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Let at this time justice should not be delayed as ;

    “justice delayed is the justice denied”


  • SoniaK
    Jan 5, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Somehow if someone dies in this country all their past crimes suddenly become obsolete and CEASE TO EXIST!!! If God does not wipe them clean who are we as mere human beings to treat them as purists!!!! If they are no saints they are no devils either- so just be neutral- every dead person is just a HUMAN. Period.
    Control your emotions people!!! It could well have been the Jatoi or the Talpur on the death bed. The son of a DSP is no cleaner than any feudal. Fighting over a VERBAL harassment- seriously, seems more like a way to pull out some old grudge!!!! Bad or worst mode of parenting! Btw @Junaid your story is more plausible than what is doing rounds these days!!!! Boys killing each other over petty grudges sounds more plausible than the emotional outbursts!!!


  • SoniaK
    Jan 5, 2013 - 7:46PM

    Conspiring to murder should be treated with a punishment of equal severity though!!! No doubt about that!!!


  • Liberal Tribune Fan
    Jan 5, 2013 - 8:18PM

    Also capture murderers of Shia… please please. We are also humans.


  • Jawad khan
    Jan 5, 2013 - 8:49PM

    You should be clear while you are writing something.
    Though what you are writing i believe you are in favour of Shahzeb as you used word MISREPORTED FACTS, but it was overlooked by most.
    So request to response and and write clearly along with the conlusion.
    Hope you understand.


  • Shaharyar
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:07PM

    Be quite us defence burgers happen to know mutual burgers we know the truth we don’t need some wadayra to justify anything to us!


  • Ajaz Haque
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:12PM

    Give these guys exemplary punishment, they deserve nothing less. This Wadhera Culture, where these guys think they can do what they please and are not accountable under the law, has to end. It will only end when high powered people like these are arrested and imprisoned for a very long time, so there is a lesson in it for everyone.

    Enough is enough.


  • tipu
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:18PM

    let the “civil society” and media show same level of uproar over killing of hundred of shia muslims in pakistan and let us hope that supreme court will take some concrete action against the terrrorist of lj and ssp

    having said that i think it is a step in right direction


  • Faraz
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:20PM

    Whether if Shehbez committed any crimes is NOT the point here. The point is someone was murdered and the murderers must be brought to justice. Eyewitnesses and the evidence say it all. Stop assuming things about anybody’s parents or parenting. By the way can’t think of a difference between petty grudges and emotional outbursts, one or the same thing!!!!


  • elcay
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:23PM

    @ Shah,
    If Jatoi is under 18 how come he has a fire arm? Anoter offence of fire arm possesion!Recommend

  • Faraz
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:27PM

    So what if Shehbez had committed any crimes, He DID NOT deserve to be killed this way! No criminal for that matter! Maybe you should get a hold of your emotions and think rationally!!!!


  • Mwaqar
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:40PM

    I congratulate ”The Express Tribune”’ and civil society who took action and this crime did not go under the carpet committed by Feudal’s sons, these killers of an innocent human must be awarded capital punishment,make them an example so in future feudal wont abuse their so-called power.I hope media continues watching and reporting until these killers are send to gallows.


  • qwasi moto
    Jan 5, 2013 - 9:56PM

    Good to hear the other side of the story from Junaid. I am sure the deceased must have over-reacted and things got out of hand. But this does not mean his life had to end. However I disagree with Junaid on one point; the incident reeks with the feudal mindset hat we all abhor.


  • Hairaan
    Jan 5, 2013 - 10:20PM

    @Liberal Tribune Fan:

    Also capture murderers of Shia… please please.

    And also capture the murderer Shias who are killing mainstream Muslims.


  • O2
    Jan 5, 2013 - 11:00PM

    So you are saying one should stay quiet if somebody harasses a sister ??? No one has the right to take another persons life, your reasoning is plain stupid!!!


  • Parvez
    Jan 5, 2013 - 11:01PM

    The history for justice being done and more importantly being seen to have been done, is woefully bleak. Let us hope the judiciary redeem themselves and get this one right.


  • Gemini
    Jan 5, 2013 - 11:06PM

    What about poor people in small villages in interior Sindh and Punjab. ?


  • gujranwala789
    Jan 6, 2013 - 1:31AM


    Do not equate interior sindh villages with Punjab. The society in the villages of northern and central punjab is more or less egalitarian. But I will not rule out some cultural similarity between some areas in southern punjab and interior sindh due to its proximity to sindh and balochistan.


  • Maria
    Jan 6, 2013 - 2:54AM

    @Gemini: Don;t worry about people in rural Punjab or KPK because even in the rural areas, people are aware of their rights and demand justice – Sind may be another matter but hopefully things are improving there too. This incident illustrates that there is awareness in Pakistan and people can get things done, especially bring justice which is unlike most Muslim countries where it is the law of the jungle. Hats off to the Chief Justice!


  • Basim Ali Jafri
    Jan 6, 2013 - 4:20AM

    That reasoning, I’m afraid, is a consummate travesty. I’m not acquiescing in what Junaid is saying, nor am I defending the murderers of Shahzeb. The death of someone involved in a fatal brawl doesn’t mean that the blame automatically goes upon those involved who are still alive. In a hypothetical situation where 2 persons both possessing firearms are in a fight and one of them is quicker than the other in using it, is one or both the one at fault? Think about it.

    A fair trial unadulterated by prejudiced judges and/or biased by sentimental/emotional witnesses is needed. Being a ‘waderay ka beta’ should not be considered as a criminal record in court.


  • SIddiqah Yousaf
    Jan 6, 2013 - 5:21AM

    My condolences to the unfortunate family for their loss. I pray that InshAllah all the murders are caught and we get to hear that they have been given death sentence. Then we can only believe that justice has been done. RIP Shahzeb.


  • Mohsin
    Jan 6, 2013 - 8:52AM

    Hang em high……


  • Jawad khan
    Jan 6, 2013 - 4:01PM

    @qwasi moto:

    When you dont know the truth, better stop making such comments.
    I am the uncle of the deceased and i am out of Pakistan. Shahzeb didnt over reacted. let me give you some sentences when he was fully surrounded by the mob of the opponent.

    The servant who was slapped by Shahzeb on his derrogatory comments, was able to gather a sizeable number of his supporter by the time he went downstair to park the car.

    Shahzeb was surprised with the presence of so many people on the lobby. While he was still surrounded downstair in the lobby by the mob, the same servant went upstair and called his owners Siraj Talpur and his elder brother who came downstair , slapped Shahzeb twice and without knowing the other side of the story, shouted EXACT WORD strong text“You have became so big that now you will slap our servant”. Shahzeb responded calmly as claimed by not 1, or 2 or 3 guys who were there in the funeral that ” Listen brother, you live in my neighbor hood , come in the corner and i will tell you what exactly happened. After much efforts the elder talpur came on side of the lobby heard Shahzeb point of view and again came back in the middle and with some less vigor keep repeated by you should have done this , that etc. by the time the Killer Shahrukh Jatoi was called by his younger brother Sartaj jatoi… Rest is more or less already appearing in the media.

    As you wrote he over reacted and should have not slapped to the servant who was just 2 / 3 days back arrived in the building for the first time, and should have smiled back to the Servant with thanks and all courtesy for using abusive / derogatory comments for his sister.
    I am just wondering MR QWASI MOTO what your reaction will be if i use abusive words against your sister without anything.
    Just think over it.


  • Imran Khan
    Jan 6, 2013 - 6:05PM

    May Allah help us get rid of the Murders in this Islamic nation


  • waseem ahmad
    Jan 6, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Only for justice


  • Whoev
    Jan 6, 2013 - 7:25PM

    Only wish to add and state that let justice be for all, today a policeman who is supposed to protect others is asking for justice himself. We the common citizens of Karachi, Pakistan demand justice for all even for the Baldia factory workers, who were but poor people, and for all the people who become the victim of target killing and not only for this rich man. We salute the efforts of Express channel and Shahzeb Khanzada; may ALLAH help us all, protect us and show us the right path.


  • Abbas Ali Noorani
    Jan 6, 2013 - 10:03PM

    innocent blood never waste


  • Aitizaz
    Jan 6, 2013 - 10:14PM

    @ Junaid
    Your comment deserves greater attention and is a more complete description of the event. Yes I am truly saddened by the demise of Shazheb Khan. No one deserves to be killed. But Shahzeb Khan and his friends were not so innocent either. That indeed court will decide not me. But to provide public complete information I must tell you his friends are drug addicts and alcoholics and they do it since they were in high school. His friends used to participate in a lot of petty fights and being a son of DSP was a power that they used to leverage in the fights. If those who have studied in Beacon House, Greenwich University and DHA O and A Levels or live quite close to DHA Seaview Phase V know their habits and actions quite well.


  • Junaid
    Jan 7, 2013 - 2:04PM

    only reason for my post was to show you state of affairs we live in:

    i roam around streets of defence and see daily how our younger lot behaves so dont tell me.

    i am a father of three an my primary concern is my kids should not get this kind of wind and i know its hard.
    my knowing siraj doesnt have anything to do with it there are hundreds of jatoi types belonging to various families roaming the city with their ego high and it doesnt need to be fedual to have that ego.

    you need to know about karachi and thier younger lot here are few stories i would like to share and belive me its true and my personal experience.

    1) few younger guys hit a car from behind and they were demanding damages from the front car owner.
    she was a women and alone and time was 7- 8:00 pm.
    fortunately area was punjab chowrangi poor people still have some owner left and they were defending and protecting her.
    without any reason i stopped my car and intervened.
    boys were out of control giving us reference to their policeman father and when they couldnt keep us away one of them draw a pistol yes pistol and i said to him go on kid try it out but make sure you can manage my relatives coming after you and your family one of them got sense of it and got that kid move on.
    we had to escort that brave lady to the nearest police station.

    2) one of my female staff was leaving after work on zamzama guys came in offered a lift she got angry and abused them would you belive those londas came out of car and abused her in return and it went on for 15 mins and then their friends came in and try to push her in car with pistol in their hand fortunately she got herself out of it safely but irony is no one intervened as it was full of people.

    this city is rotten to the core and if anyone thinks its one kind of people they are wrong we’ll have to look inwards and into our parenting.


  • SoniaK
    Jan 9, 2013 - 12:39AM

    Thanks Junaid- You just opened our- at least my eyes to the harsh reality of the ELITE areas- where I thought women were more respected- but alas!!!!! they are not- they are treated like the normal crap- no difference in throwing acid and harassing her- they impale a woman both ways- on one hand is a illiterate and on a relatively educated!!! seems like more than just parenting goes on here!

    Junaid I don’t know if you would agree to this and to many this would seem very BOLD- but I would want kids over 20 to at least FEEL what this all means and is like- it is horrendous and not just has implications for the male involved- but for the female involved rite then, and for the female who will be involved with the male in the future life (married/romantically involved to this animal). This behavior has lasting effects and no doubt creates lasting impressions on a man’s mind which he exercises when ever he gets the CHANCE!!! Recommend

  • drabdulsattarbaloch
    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:44AM

    it is family education,upto the age of 5 years, which plays a key role in character formation of any individual,as the experts say. we feel pride in not educating females. Being Balochi, I may say it is the loss of the two branches of the same tree. I shall pray to Dsp of police to broaden his heart& mind, to probe into the causes of such sad event,as a wise,responsible & objective officer. I hope the creative Balochi would come to abridge the gulf of intense grief,while assuming our grandfather is alive.


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