Sarfraz case: Death penalty sought for all accused

KARACHI — The Anti Terrorism Court’s (ATC) judgment awarding life sentence to five Rangers personnel in the murder case of Sarfraz Shah was challenged in the Sindh High court (SHC) here on Saturday by the victim’s brother Salik Shah.

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Published: Sun 28 Aug 2011, 11:32 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:40 PM

Salik filed a petition in the SHC against the ruling praying that the ATC has sentenced only one Rangers’ personnel to death despite the fact that all the accused were equally involved in the murder. He expressed his disappointment with the ATC’s verdict and requested the high court to award death sentence to all the Rangers accused in the case.

Earlier, this week five of the six men given life sentence in the case filed two separate, but identical appeals challenging their convictions and sentences. All six through their counsels had maintained that no terrorism was involved and the case should have been heard by an ordinary court.

The guard of the park, Afsar Khan, where Shah was killed also filed an appeal against his life sentence claiming that he only handed the young man over to the Rangers and went away.

On June 8, Shah, was shot by Rangers personnel in Clifton’s Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park.

The case was heard by the ATC headed by Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso, who conducted day-to-day hearing on the orders of the Supreme Court that took suo motu notice of the case.

Five members of the Pakistan Rangers unit and Afsar were sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay Rs100,000 each to Shah’s heirs, while Shahid Zafar, of the Abdullah Shah Ghazi unit of Pakistan Rangers, guilty of causing fatal injury to deceased Sarfraz Shah was sentenced to death.

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