The Sindh High Court on Monday (May 12) commuted the death sentences handed to Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur in the Shahzeb Khan murder case into life in prison as it announced its verdict on their appeals against conviction in the case. A two-judge bench had reserved its verdict on the appeals on March 11.
Murder of Shahzeb Khan is about the killing of university student Shahzeb Khan on 25 December 2012 in Karachi, which sparked country-wide outrage against the abuse of power by the wealthy in Pakistan. On 7 June 2013 Shahrukh Jatoi, son of feudal Sikandar Jatoi and Siraj Talpur, , were sentenced to death for this crime, while Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were sentenced to life imprisonment for aiding the two killers.
However, in September 2013 Shahzeb’s parents, DSP Aurangzeb Khan and Ambreen Aurangzeb, decided to file an affidavit with the court pardoning all four accused and requesting their release, the Sindh High Court released the culprits on 23 December 2017. On 1 February 2018 the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered both the case to be reopened before the SHC and the accused persons to be retaken into custody.
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