Court: SC directs Sindh police chief to positively arrest killers of Shahzeb Khan till Jan 10

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Monday directed the Inspector General Police Sindh to positively arrest Shahrukh Jatoi the assassinator of 20year old Shahzeb Khan by January 10.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed noted that instead of arresting the nominated accused the police was spoiling the case. The Chief Justice noted that the police had made attempts to damage the case by lodging a new FIR.

The court expressed severe dismay over non arrest of the accused and questioned how the influential accused had fled the country after committing a heinous crime. Appearing on notice, Inspector General Police Sindh, Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari submitted before the court a report pertaining to progress so far made in the case, however the court rejected the report terming it dissatisfactory.

Fayyaz Leghari sought 15 days more time to arrest the accused, but the court directed him to arrest the main accused Shahrukh Jatoi by January 10 and produce him before it. The court also admonished the IGP over suspending only a sub inspector for his deliberate failure to arrest the accused.

The Chief Justice asked the IGP that it would be better and meritorious if he had IGP suspended himself and his DIG Shahid Hayat over the negligence, which led to escape of the accused. He said police had neither collected details nor chased the criminals even the crime was highlighted by media.

He said if something is brought to light through media, the police fear influential people, adding that only Allah decrees respect and disgrace and only He is the one worthy to be feared.

Appearing on notice, Advocate General Sindh Fateh Muhammad Malik produced before the court a report stating that Shahrukh Jatoi had fled away from the country to UAE. To a court query, he said Shahrukh Jatoi travelled to Dubai on a fake boarding card and the Consul General Dubai had confirmed his landing at Dubai Airport a few days ago.

The Chief Justice noted that two different reports submitted by police were contradicting each other as the first report had claimed that Shahrukh Jatoi was in Pakistan, whereas the second report was stating that he had fled away from the country.

The court noted that Sikandar Jatoi, father of Shahrukh Jatoi had stated in a Tv talk that his son had left to Australia. The court directed police to get assistance of Sikandar Jatoi when required. The court also directed the IGP to send the DIG, during Monday, to UAE to arrest the accused and bring him back. Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing till January 10.