Pakistani troops face terror, murder charges

Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 00:37

Karachi: A Pakistani anti-terror court
agreed on Saturday to hear murder and terrorism charges against six
soldiers and a civilian over the killing of an unarmed man in
a park that shocked the nation.

Paramilitary Rangers shot dead Sarfaraz Shah, 22, in
Karachi on June 8 after he was accused of robbery and his
family has demanded justice, insisting he was an innocent
student.

The killing was filmed by a television cameraman and
subsequently broadcast around-the-clock on national television
channels.

Public prosecutor Arshad Iqbal Cheema said to a news agency: "We
have formally charged the six Rangers personnel and a civilian
for murder and terrorism and have submitted our charge sheet
to the judge of the anti-terrorism court.

"The court has accepted the charge sheet and approved
it for formal hearing."

Cheema said investigators had gathered forensic and
chemical reports from the relevant departments and had also
had the footage of the killing checked by experts "who
verified it as a genuine, unedited and unaltered film".

"We have a solid case in terms of evidences and
witnesses," he said.

"We have two eye-witnesses who were present on the
scene, besides 44 including the experts and officials involved
in the case investigation."

The prosecutor said the judge would fix a date for the
formal hearing next week.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 00:37

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