Shahzeb Khan murder case: Prime suspect traced to Arab businessman’s mansion

Published: January 10, 2013
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Police officials escort other accused at the district and sessions court hearing. PHOTO: ONLINE

Police officials escort other accused at the district and sessions court hearing. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: 

Police are waiting for the completion of legal formalities to repatriate Shahrukh Jatoi – the prime suspect in the Shahzeb Khan murder case – from Dubai, The Express Tribune learnt on Wednesday.

Shahrukh has been living at a sprawling 30-acre residence of a prominent Arab businessman in Dubai, according to police. The businessman is most likely his father Sikander Jatoi’s business partner in his chemical manufacturing company in the UAE.

“We are fulfilling legal formalities to bring him back,” a member of the police team, told The Express Tribune by phone from Dubai. “Soon, he will be in front of the court.”

Shahrukh fled to Dubai on December 27, two days after Shahzeb, the son of a DSP, was murdered over a petty dispute. Another police officer said Shahrukh had used someone else’s boarding pass as the air ticket issued in his name was cancelled at the last minute. At the Dubai airport, Shahrukh showed his own passport and visa to immigration officials.

Police officials said the prime suspect cannot be tried under the Anti-Terrorism Act as he is still legally a minor. They explained that Interpol cannot issue a red warrant for him unless a court convicts him. Shahrukh would be brought back home via a search notice, which has already been issued by Interpol.

Identification parade

Meanwhile, three other suspects – Siraj Talpur, his brother Sajjad Talpur and their servant Ghulam Murtaza – have been identified as the accused in a district and sessions court on Wednesday.

Two prosecution witnesses identified them during an identification parade held by a judicial magistrate.

On Tuesday, an anti-terrorism court had remanded them into police custody for 10 days for completion of investigations in the case.

Inspector Mobin, who was investigating the case, told journalists outside the court, “The witnesses told the judge that they had seen Siraj Talpur firing at Shahzeb Khan, who received bullet wounds and fell down. Meanwhile, Sajjad Talpur and his servant came and shouted that he (Shahzeb) was just injured, not dead. On this, Siraj fired more gunshots, killing Shahzeb on the spot.”

The investigating officer told journalists that the identity of the prosecution witnesses could not be disclosed for the purpose of their security.

While Siraj’s role was described by officials, Shahrukh’s role was unclear.

LHC grants bail

Also on Wednesday, Shahrukh’s father Sikander was granted one day of protective bail by the Lahore High Court. The court directed the accused to furnish bail bonds worth Rs1 million.

Sikander’s attorney informed the bench that his client wanted to appear before the Supreme Court to record his statement. He prayed to the court to grant him protective bail because he feared the Karachi police would arrest him during his appearance before the apex court or on his way to Islamabad.

Sikander maintained that he was being implicated in the case on political grounds.

(WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY OUR CORRESPONDENT IN LAHORE)

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • FJ
    Jan 10, 2013 - 3:48AM

    So minors can kill people without getting punished!

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  • billy pilgrim
    Jan 10, 2013 - 4:04AM

    this is great news. finally some good news coming out of this country!

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  • Jan 10, 2013 - 5:48AM

    A young man with his entire life ahead of him, countless dreams, aspirations and hopes…killed in an instant and we let go of the murderer on the account of being a MINOR.
    Where is the justice here?

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  • Insaan
    Jan 10, 2013 - 6:39AM

    @FJ: Minors who murder should be tried as adults. These killers should receive maximum punishment according to the law. Those who delayed the investigation should also be punished.

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  • Aysha
    Jan 10, 2013 - 7:10AM

    Some countries seem to have some interest in sheltering perpetrators from Pakistan. May it be Nawaz Sharif as bank defaulter finding refuge in Saudi Arabia bypassing legal process or murder suspect Shahrukh Jatoi in Dubai accommodated by a businessman. In their countries they show no flexibility when it comes to legal process but unfortunately they are unable to maintain the same when it comes to criminals of other countries. Very sad

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  • Fanta
    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:11AM

    I may be wrong, but just because of the fact that Shahrukh is a minor and cannot be tried under the Anti-Terrorism Act does not mean that he cannot be tried for murder. If I’m not mistaken, he will be tried for deliberate murder under the Pakistan Penal Code.

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  • Must
    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:18AM

    What was a ‘minor’ doing with his father’s gun???!!!! Sikander jatoi is then as big a culprit in facilitating this cold blooded murder

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  • Sidrah
    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:43AM

    Unfortunately as soon as I heard that the police has also nominated their servants along with the real culprits I grew a bit suspicious. I hope the police does not eventually put all the blame on the poor servants or guards and let the powerful go scott free. One of my uncles is a lawyer and according to him this is a very common tactic employed by people in power, they do something wrong and then nominate their servants who get punished in their place.

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  • O2
    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:53AM

    “The witnesses told the judge that they had seen Siraj Talpur firing at Shahzeb Khan, who received bullet wounds and fell down”

    He was shot while he was driving, I now doubt the investigation procedure. Most probably Sharukh will get away with this crime with few weeks or months of imprisonment that too in a juvenile prison where he will live like King’s son.

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  • Human
    Jan 10, 2013 - 9:08AM

    Minor or not hang him or keep him in jail till he is of age to be hanged

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  • GhostRider
    Jan 10, 2013 - 9:09AM

    Minors dont flaunt automatic rifles in their facebook pics…enough of this minor crap

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  • Angry citizen
    Jan 10, 2013 - 9:31AM

    Minor?? Are they crazy? He should be hanged till death, he deserves no mercy at all.

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  • Badr Siddiqui
    Jan 10, 2013 - 9:53AM

    What if they hire minors for target killing of people which happens all so often in Karachi

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  • Iqbal Aftab
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:03AM

    How would you claim that he is a minor, if he can fly from Pakistan and the immigration authorities couldn’t trace him, if even he is not captured on time by the Police authorities on time, when a FIR couldn’t be launch on time. Then what is proof that he cannot manipulate the date of birth record, this Pakistan where every thing is on sale!

    Police got away in all stances! what happened in the brutal killing incident of two brothers of Sialkot! What the outcome, everybody involved was released on bail and the case is carrying on in the Courts! What the outcome of Suo motos!

    Is the justice in Pakistan is only for the poor and never accused a civil servant or a rich / powerful / resourceful persons?

    Nothing denialable! You can can expect every manipulation in justice in Pakistan?

    Saleable, just have the power and money to influence, mishandle is just a pretend.

    Anything!……for the public from the justice / suo motos!……………………..
    You better comprehend yourself!…………..

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  • Jan 10, 2013 - 10:08AM

    Shahrukh Jatoi was not a minor when he:

    Dodged the police
    Traveled on someone else’s boarding pass
    Traveled internationally before and after the murder
    Challenged and killed someone else due to his feudal mindset

    No reprieve should be given to him and his father, Sikander Jatoi.

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  • Sam
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Murder, fugitive, forgery by using false boring pass, deception, leaving crime scene, hiding evidence, possiblly bribing police. How many more crimes he needs to carry to prove he is not a minor and took all actions in a calculated and pre-planned manner.

    Cold blooded murdered should be hanged along his partners in crime.

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:13AM

    Will now all murder cases be decided throuh suo moto mechanism? Really very shameful on our part that people are killed at will and the killers cannot even be caught what talk of hanging them in public.I appeal to the most respected CJP to devise and enforce some punishment logistics to punish the concerned police officials if they fail to take any notice of any crime committed in their territorial jurisdictions with in 12 hours of commitment of a crime. I think lack of accountability on the part of police is the root cause of denial of justice.
    Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / iqbalhadizaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.com

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  • M.Asad
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:19AM

    @FJ

    Brother, this is our so called “Law”. Legally he will be entitled to get some relaxation in the punishment on the basis of being “minor”. On the other hand the Case is intentionaly turned towards Siraj talpur only.

    Shahrukh should be punished, as he is the main accused in the case.

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  • sars
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:23AM

    No worries. You can hang as easily as a minor as an adult.

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  • observer
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:56AM

    Another police officer said Shahrukh had used someone else’s boarding pass as the air ticket issued in his name was cancelled at the last minute.

    Is this how terrorists are exported the world over? By switching boarding passes.

    I hope Airport Security Officials around the world are taking note of this.

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  • Jawed
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:57AM

    Word should be spread to forums in the UAE ASAP as well. We need to make the public there aware of his crimes. That is the only way we’ll move forward with this..

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:58AM

    Shoot him in the head. Justice done!

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  • shakeel
    Jan 10, 2013 - 11:29AM

    How did he manage to get out of the country without accomplices in exit control? Those heads must roll too… figuratively speaking of course

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  • Amer
    Jan 10, 2013 - 11:58AM

    Mark my words. No one of the Jatois or Talpurs will get any punishment and at the end they will say that Shahzeb was killed by one of their servants etc. I don’t see justice being served until the killers are put to death. Period!

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  • Raza Khan
    Jan 10, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Wadera Ka Beta! Hell whether he is minor or major, the monster should be punished. These Feudals should be taught a lesson that they would remember all their lives.

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  • Aristo
    Jan 10, 2013 - 12:11PM

    All the whining above will not convict a minor under 18 years of age as this is the law of the land. (British Common Law). However, the people need to demand their reps in the PA & NA to have this law changed, whining alone wont help.

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  • ZYZE
    Jan 10, 2013 - 12:47PM

    The way , these people killed this boy, it looks like this is not the first time.
    I would appeal to the investigating officer’s and supreme court , to also investigate the erlier killings by these people as well.
    Hopefuly , they will come up with shocking details.

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  • Saud Usmani
    Jan 10, 2013 - 1:42PM

    As it was told by young boys present at scene, it was ‘Jatoi’ who followed shahzaib not the ‘Talpur’ and gaurds and other servents also stayed back, so how come eye witnesses identified Talpur borthers and thier servent to be present at the place of murder???

    So it is clear that now they will protect Shahrukh by implicating Talpurs for the murder and finally putting all the blame on the talpur’s servant. Nothing new for Pakistani’s..! but shameful..

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  • Vampire
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:05PM

    @Amer
    Not this time bro.

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  • NAZIM
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:17PM

    I think court should look into the possibility that Sikander Jatoi has got his documents tampered so as to this argument may be contended.

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  • Fugitive
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:31PM

    @billy pilgrim:
    What is good that you find in this news? Please educate us!

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  • NAZIM
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:33PM

    @Aristo: But the question is: which MNAs and MPAs ? The ones who belong to very criminals ? ones who sit in parliament ? These lords (waderas, choudhries, Sardars) are ones who are controlling the lives of 98% of people of Pakistan. This shameful incident happened in Karachi. That’s why people here stood up against it. Just imagine if it had happened in a small town or village what would happened ? people there are like slaves. they have no voice no law for themselves. This is the single most important problem of Pakistan since its birth. Jagirdari and Qabaili system. Now just do some brain storming and try to remeber the parties and leaders who have been in power or are in politics and they have done anything to eradicate this menace.Nothing ! why, because they are from this class and it is vital for them to protct this system so that they may continue with thier present power hold. And if some one (MQM, D.Qadri) try to raise thier voice against it and start some struggle they find it hard to get support from media or public beacuse leadrs and media are one voice: protect democracy. Let them come to power again and be ready for the worst yet to come. They have bought the journalist and writers who are painting a picture of thier liking and, we the masses are following them.

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  • Motasim Ahmed
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Good to know some killing machine known as “minor” . put the diaper on and hang him.

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  • Amer
    Jan 10, 2013 - 3:09PM

    @Vampire: How much do you want to bet on it?

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  • Lobster
    Jan 10, 2013 - 3:42PM

    “Sikander maintained that he was being implicated in the case on political grounds” Kia dheet insaan hai

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  • elcay
    Jan 10, 2013 - 3:51PM

    @ Rizwan Khan,

    Rest assured he will join Shahzeb(RIP) very soon. Revengers are waiting in the wing!

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  • lady diana
    Jan 10, 2013 - 5:52PM

    Hang
    Hang
    Hang this minor with his reputable father to stop further killings in society

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  • Jaago
    Jan 10, 2013 - 6:51PM

    “Shahrukh had used someone else’s boarding pass as the air ticket issued in his name was cancelled at the last minute.”

    FIA officials at the airport have lots of explaining to do!! There has to be accountability here too but will there be?

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:53AM

    All the Criminals should be booked under Section 302 of PPC. The murder was very much intentional and pre-planned. Talpur or Shah Rukh should get examplary punishment – even if they are hanged we will not be sad.

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  • Queen
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:04AM

    What was the “minor” doing with guns in Karachi? Where was the father when the “minor” fled to Dubai?

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