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Shahzeb Khan murder case retrial to begin on December 19
Shahzeb Khan murder case retrial to begin on December 19
Published at: 6 month(s) ago

Karachi: The retrial of 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan's murder case of will begin from December 19.

In 2012, Shahzeb Khan was gunned down by the son of an influential feudal in a post locality of Karachi. An ATC in 2013 had awarded death sentences to Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur for the murder of Shahzeb Khan, while life sentences were awarded to Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari.

However, last week (November 28) the murder case took a dramatic turn when the Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered a retrial, striking down the death penalty awarded to the convicts by an Anti-Terrorism Court.

In its order, the SHC stated that an act of revenge over personal enmity does not equate to an act of terrorism.

In light of the arguments, the bench noted that "this was a case of personal vendetta" and that "Section 6 of Anti-Terrorism Act was misapplied by the police" and that the "trial was not proper."

The order further said: "Accordingly, impugned judgement is set-aside and case is remanded back to ordinary Court (Sessions Court)," where the matter will be decided within the four corners of the law.
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