Friday, August 12, 2011

Rangers' Cops Involved in Killing of Sarfaraz Shah Sentenced Capital Punishment by Anti-terrorism Court

KARACHI, Pakistan (August 12) - - The anti-terrorism court (ATC), hearing the case of Sarfaraz Shah killing in June this year by cops of Sindh Rangers, has announced the final verdict here on Friday (August 12).

Rangers' Cops Involved in Killing of Sarfaraz Shah

According to the verdict; court sentenced death penalty to one of the accused Rangers personnel while other five Rangers’ cops and a civilian were sentenced to life imprisonment. Additionally, court has imposed a cash penalty of Rs. 200,000 on the Ranger receiving the death penalty, and Rs. 100,000 each on the others.

The defence lawyers in Sarfaraz Shah murder case intended to file appeal against the judgement by ATC in the case. Talking to media after the court’s final verdict, the defence lawyers, Shaukat Hayat and MR Syed, said that they will move the Sindh High Court against the decision of ATC and positively they will get relief from there.

On the other hand, the family of Sarfaraz Shah has expressed their satisfaction with the decision of the court. Talking to media Salik Shah, brother of the deceased, old that the family were content with the court’s decision; however, they would achieve inner satisfaction when the superior courts maintained the ATC’s judgment.

Rangers' Cops Killed Uarmed Sarfaraz Shah Extra-judicially in Clifton, Karachi on June 8, 2011.
Brief History of the Case: Paramilitary Forces (Rangers) killed an unarmed young boy, Sarfaraz Shah, extra judicially (read here) in Benazir Park near Clifton (Karachi) on 9th June this year. Rangers accused him for robbing on gun point; but later on a video footage aired on news channels showed the innocence of the guy and brutality of the rangers.

As a result Supreme Court of Pakistan took suo moto action and dismissed the DG Sindh Rangers and IG Sindh for providing misleading and controversial information to the court. (Read here)

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