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A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Sindh police to arrest accused Shahrukh Jatoi, Sajjad Talpur and Siraj Talpur in the Shahzeb Khan murder case.
The SC also restored anti-terrorism clauses in the case which were earlier removed by Sindh High Court (SHC). Dismissing SHC’s earlier verdict, SC ordered for names of the accused to remain on ECL.
On Wednesday, the Chief Justice Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar asked how members of the civil society can challenge the acquittal of Shahrukh Jatoi and others by the SHC if the parents and state had already reached a conclusion.
The bench, headed by the CJP, asked counsel Faisal Siddiqui to convince the point of locus standi. “If the parents and state have agreed on comprise in the matter, how can the civil society and non-governmental organisation approach SC?” CJP asked.
Siddiqui argued there was a collision of state and accused party in the murder case as he informed court that four prosecutors on the case had been replaced in this matter.
In December, the high court had ruled that Shahzeb Khan’s murder did not fall within the Act’s ambit and therefore set aside the conviction of Jatoi and three others who were recently released after a compromise was reportedly reached with the deceased’s family.
Ten civil society members, including Jibran Nasir, Jamshed Raza Mehmood, Afiya Sherbano Zia, Naeem Sadiq and Faheem Zaman Khan, filed an appeal at the SC’s Karachi Registry challenging the decision.
The petitioners said that they have the legal right to appeal and challenge the judgment, arguing that this is an issue of public importance and involves acts of terrorism, especially considering the fact that the state has consented to the judgment and the legal heirs of the deceased person have compromised with the respondents.