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Pak to seek murder charges over youth killing

A government prosecutor today said he would seek murder charges against six Pakistani Ranger personnel and a policeman remanded in a case related to the murder of an unarmed youth in this city last week.



Karachi: A government prosecutor today
said he would seek murder charges against six Pakistani Ranger
personnel and a policeman remanded in a case related to the
murder of an unarmed youth in this city last week.

In an incident that shocked Pakistan, paramilitary
Rangers shot dead 22-year-old Sarfaraz Shah after accusing him
of robbery.

The prosecutor`s comment came after two eyewitnesses
told a court that Sarfaraz was innocent and not a criminal.
The Rangers and the policeman are under trial in an
anti-terrorism court for the murder of Sarfaraz.

"Police have said they require more time to
investigate the case on which the judge extended the remand
until Friday," public prosecutor Arshad Iqbal told reporters.

He said the chargesheet for murder against the accused
would also be submitted to the court on Friday.

In the court hearing, eyewitnesses cameraman Abdul
Salam Soomro, who recorded the killing, and park official
Abdul Rashid said Sarfaraz was innocent and not a robber as
claimed by the police and rangers.

Iqbal said the eyewitnesses were clear in their
statements and narrated the whole incident in detail.

The two eyewitnesses refuted reports by the Rangers
and Police that Shah had been caught robbing a couple and was
handed over to the Rangers.

The eyewitnesses in the shooting case said they had
not seen the victim commit any crime in the Shaheed Benazir
Bhutto park where he was fatally shot by Rangers personnel.

The witnesses said park security official Afsar Khan
had held the victim by the hair and handed him over to the
Rangers personnel and Rangers officer Shahid Zafar opened fire
on him.

They added the boy was apologising and begging the
rangers not to shoot him and that he was not snatching the gun
from them.

The seven accused were presented in the court amid
tight security. Lawyers chanted slogans against the Rangers
outside the court building demanding that they be hanged for
killing the unarmed youth.

On June 13, Sindh High Court granted police a two-day
remand of six Rangers and the policeman involved in the
killing.

The six Rangers are Shahid Zafar, Muhammad Afzal,
Liaquat, Muhammad Tariq, Bahar and Minthar Ali. Afsar Khan is
the policeman who first handed over the youth to the Rangers
and later filed a fake FIR against him.

PTI

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