SHC reserves verdict, challenging sentences by accused in Shahzeb murder case
KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) reserved verdict on appeals filed by accused challenging their sentences in murder of Shahzeb Khan case.
During hearing, petitioners’ lawyer informed Court that Shahzeb Khan’s father had passed away and widow and two daughters residing abroad did not wish to appear in Court. Lawyer further informed Court that representatives could contact them via Skype or any other way to verify information about compromise reached earlier.
State lawyer contended that State had earlier objected compromise between aggrieved and suspects’ parties, as without a special public prosecutor, compromise could not be offered.
Court in its remarks said that details of deceased’s heirs’ address should be on record at very least and that if they were afraid of anyone or hiding from anyone then they should register a case over matter.
After completion of lawyers’ arguments, Court reserved verdict on appeals against sentences of accused Shahrukh Jatoi, Siraj Talpur, Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari.
An Anti Terrorism Court in 2013 had awarded death sentences to Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur murdering Shahzeb, while life sentences were awarded to Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari.
Shahzeb was gunned down by Jatoi in a posh locality of Karachi on December 25, 2012.
SHC later set aside punishments awarded to accused by ATC and ordered retrial of case in a Sessions Court.
Supreme Court earlier this year taking sou motu action nullified SHC order.