SC upholds decision of SHC for trial of Shahzeb Khan’s murder case under Anti-Terrorism Act

KARACHI: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday threw out an appeal of Shahrukh Jatoi, the prime accused in Shahzeb Khan’s murder case, challenging the decision of Sindh High Court SHC regarding his trail under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

A division bench of apex court comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani upheld the decision of SHC, which had dismissed the petition of Jatoi challenging jurisdiction of the ATC to conduct the trial.

Shahrukh Jatoi, Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur, his younger brother Nawab Sajjad Ali Talpur and their house servant Ghulam Murtaza Lashari have been charged and convicted with the murder of 20yearold Shahzeb in Defence Housing Authority on the night of Dec 24, 2012 after a bickering.

Earlier, Jatoi had challenged the decision of SHC regarding dismissal of his application seeking transfer of the case from the ATC to a sessions court. He submitted that the investigation officer had added Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 in the charge sheet only because of a media campaign against him though the FIR lodged against him did not contain any element of terrorism.

He submitted that the case did not fall within the ambit of the antiterrorism law.

The court had dismissed his plea observing that sufficient evidence was available on record to prove that the case falls within the ambit of the law.

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