Pakistan's Killer Feudals Sentenced to Death

Image from Express Tribune's Facebook Page.

Image from Express Tribune's Facebook Page.

Five months after 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan was brutally murdered, the main suspects Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur, young men from powerful feudal families, were handed death sentences by a Pakistani court. Jatio flashed a smile and victory sign to the cameras after hearing the sentence. They have seven days to file an appeal, which their lawyers plan to do.

Amina Ameer comments on Express Tribune's Facebook page:

I hope his father's wealth doesn't prove any good for him since there's a chance for him to file an appeal within 7 days. His happy face shows that he knows he will get away easily no rule of law is made for him to abide by.

On 25 December 2012, 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan was shot dead by Siraj Talpur and Shahrukh Jatoi. Before the shooting, a small argument erupted between Shahzeb and Talpur, after one of Talpur's employees passed a lewd comment at Shahzeb’s sister. The shocking murder kickstarted a Facebook campaign “Justice for Shahzeb Khan,” which now has 160,000 likes and has been keeping the pressure on Pakistan's courts to deliver justice. It has also made Shahzeb a symbol of hope against Pakistan's powerful Feudals.

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