This Is How Pakistanis Are Reacting After Shahrukh Jatoi Was Granted A Retrial Even After Murdering Someone

By Alveena Jadoon | 29 Nov, 2017

In December 2012, Shahzeb Khan was shot down in DHA Karachi. He was returning with his sister from a wedding when the guard of Shahrukh Jatoi hurled some abuses at his sister. He was eventually killed for picking up a fight with the accused but his case has not been able to get him justice.


The murder case from 2012 was noticed by then Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry, after gaining a lot of mainstream and social media attention

He took suo moto notice of the case and ordered a trial.


The news was all over media platforms and people of Pakistan were raising their voices against the elitist system. The main accused in the case belongs to a very influential feudal family. This is why it was difficult to register an FIR against him.

After the Chief Justice picked up the case, and FIR (591/12) was registered on the complaint of Shahzeb’s father. The accused were registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 109 (abetment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code. However, during the investigation, Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modestly) of the PPC and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 were incorporated in the FIR.


After a speedy trial, both Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur were sentenced to death. Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were given life imprisonment by Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon of Anti-Terrorism Court-3.

However Shahrukh Jatoi’s lawyer, Advocate Farooq H. Naek, filed a review application; which asked for a retrial of Shahrukh’s case in juvenile court. Their argument is that the murder resulted due to personal animosity and should not be tried in the Anti Terrorism court. At the same time, they also feel that he was a juvenile at the same and must be treated like that by the law.



However, the pardon issued by the family has still not been granted which was causing difficulty in pushing for a retrial. But Justice Salahuddin, who was presiding the meeting, ordered that the case can be taken up by a sessions court and all the previous punishments can be dismissed.

This has left Pakistanis in utter shock and disbelief, because it only proves how difficult it is for a victim to get justice in the country – especially if the accused belongs to an influential family.

Some think that army should be involved to get justice


Some think that the retrial should be used to set a good judicial precedent in the country

Five years is a very long time for a case to not be concluded. This user summed it up very aptly

Let us know what you think is the best decision for this case.


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