Shahzeb murder case: SHC asks trial court to probe compromise deal

KARACHI:,,, The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed an Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) to verify whether the compromise plea of parents and two sisters of Shahzeb Khan seeking acquittal of all four convicts in Shahzeb murder case was genuine.

A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar referred to trial court the plea seeking compromise with four convicts and directed it to hold inquiry into the matter and submit report on genuineness of the compromise within three weeks.

Shahzeb’s parents and sisters had filed applications stating that they have pardoned the convicts – Shahrukh Jatoi, Nawab Siraj Talpur, Nawab Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari in the name of Allah.

Shahrukh Jatoi, and his friend Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur, were on June 7, 2013 sentenced to death and two other co-accused got life imprisonment for shooting 20-year-old Shahzeb, son of DSP Aurangzeb Khan, to death on Dec 25, 2012 near his house in the Defense Housing Authority.

Advocate Mehmood Alam Rizvi filed an application on behalf of the family members of the victim in the SHC under Section 345 (2) of the criminal procedure code asking court to allow the convicts and the legal heirs of the victim to settle the matter out of court as they pardoned them in the name of Allah, waiving the right to Qisas and Diyat (compensation).

The victim’s family members — his father Aurangzeb Khan, mother Ambreen and sisters Pareshay and Maha — filed their affidavits to the effect. The victim family members stated in their respective affidavits that they had no objection if the court acquitted the convicts.

While arguing on whether compromise was acceptable in anti-terrorism cases, Rasheed A Rizvi, counsel for Shahrukh Jatoi, cited a Supreme Court’s judgment, in which a compromise plea of same nature was allowed and sentence of convicts was converted to life term.

He prayed to the court allow the compromise plea of family member of victims pardoning convicts.

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