CJ orders arrest of helpers who assisted Shahrukh’s escape

During Tuesday’s hearing of Shahzeb Khan’s murder case, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ruled to apprehend those who aided prime suspect Shahrukh Jatoi to escape from the country.

A three judge bench of the apex court, headed by the chief justice, had summoned hearing of the case.

During the hearing, Deputy Inspector General Shahid Hayat presented before the bench the progress report on the case ongoing in the trial court.

In his remarks, Chief Justice Iftikhar said he expects the case would be investigated leaving no stone unturned.

The Deputy Inspector General told the bench that Shahrukh, the underage suspect who was recently sent to the juvenile jail on judicial remand till Jan 29 by an anti-terrorism court, had flown abroad on Dec 27, 2012.

Responding to which, the chief justice said Shahrukh’s father, Sikander Jatoi, had claimed that his son had also gone to a hospital to receive first aid.

Hayat refuted that Shahrukh had not undergone any injuries and neither had the police could not track the clinic where suspect had allegedly resorted.

The chief justice also remarked that the information implied; Sikander Jatoi had been fiddling the public on television and tried to hinder the investigation process.

He added that those who had aided Shahrukh in fleeing the country should also be arrested.

The chief justice said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had stated that the police was in possession of Shahrukh’s (two) passports.

Upon which, Hayat replied that Shahrukh had travelled abroad on an ‘emergency’ passport.

Chief Justice Iftikhar further said that the First Information Report (FIR) stated that Shahrukh had left the country using someone else’s boarding pass.

He added that authorities could not yet determine who assisted Shahrukh to run away.

The chief justice furthermore stated that in certain cases, parties attempted at declaring the accused as a minor so that they may be saved from capital punishment.

Responding to which, additional prosecutor Sindh said Shahrukh’s passport gave Nov 27, 1995 as the suspect’s date of birth.

The chief justice added that had Shahrukh been a minor. he could not have managed to escape the country.

Apart from Shahrukh, the police had also remanded three other suspects — Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur, his younger brother Nawab Sajjad Ali Talpur and their house servant Ghulam Murtaza Lashari — in judicial custody.

The hearing was defered to Feb 4.