SC summons Shahzeb murder case’ file

ISLAMABAD: Expressing dissatisfaction over the police’ progress report on the murder of 20yearold Shahzeb Khan, a three member Supreme Court bench on Thursday summoned the Director and Investigating Officer of the Federal Investigations Agency FIA to appear before it today Friday.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Sh. Azmat Saeed directed Karachi police DIG Shahid Hayat to produce police file of the case. The court also questioned the DIG that why no progress had been made in the case during the past two months.

The chief justice noted that the entire nation was following the matter which had turned into a test case for the police and courts. He said there was no policing in the state and crime rate was increasing everywhere.

Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed remarked that the helplessness showed by the law enforcement agencies in Pakistan was worse than that of any African country. Submitting a progress report along with the challan of the Shahzeb Khan murder case, the police stated that nine bullets were fired at Shahzeb. The report said that two bullets struck Shahzeb while four of the nine bullets were fired from an unlicensed pistol.

The report stated that the car used in the crime belonged to the prime suspect Shahrukh Jatoi’s brother. To a court query, investigation officer IO of the case stated that the car used in the crime was not registered on the name of Shahrukh Jatoi’s brother, instead it was on open transfer letter.

The chief justice noted that such cars are used in crimes thus every car should be registered on the name of its owner, so that in case of need, its owner could easily be traced out. The IO stated that Shahrukh’s second medical report, his Aitchison College Lahore documents and birth certificate confirmed that he was above 18 years old. The chief justice then admonished him that earlier how he was declared below 18 year age.

The court also asked that what action had been taken against those who first determined his age wrong. The chief justice also expressed concern over the authorities not being able to find the Airport Security Force ASF officials who helped Shahrukh flee.

Ibrahim Satti, counsel for Shahrukh Jatoi contended that Supreme Court proceedings in Shahzeb murder case were affecting the trial court proceedings. Later the court adjourned the hearing till today Friday.