ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was told on Tuesday that the prime suspect, Shahrukh Jatoi, in the high profile murder of 20-year Shahzeb Khan in Karachi on Dec.25, 2012, escaped from Pakistan after the crime by bribing a porter at the airport.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who headed a three-member bench, which headed the case, told Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Shahid Hayat that he would be responsible for any ignorance as he had delegated the investigation of the case to a sub-inspector.
Police investigating officer Mubeen told the court that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) should inform the bench about backdoors at airport from where people were sent abroad stealthily.
Mubeen said that he contacted a porter to go abroad and was told that such gates have been shut after the chief justice issued the orders to the effect.
Justice Chaudhry said that the FIA should apprise the bench about the shift in-charge officer at the airprot at the time of Shahrukh’s escape. He saod that those who helped Shahrukh flee from Pakistan should also be arrested.
He directed the DIG to produce results. He said that the porter is being made a scapegoat in the case. He said that the court cannot sit and watch silently as people are being murdered.
Shahrukh, son of a billionaire businessman, was brought to Pakistan from abroad some days back after he surrendered to the Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in the wake of arrest of his father, Sikandar Jatoi.
Shahrukh is the son of a deputy superintendent of police posted in Karachi.
A member of the bench, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, remarked that except police, everyone knows who killed Shahzeb.
He said that the police department is the most ignorant.
The chief justice questioned the DIG if he had seized the travel documents of Shahrukh on the basis of which he managed to flee from Pakistan.
Responding Hayat said that the documents were with the traveling agency and it is the duty of the FIA to find out how Shahrukh managed to escape.
Justice Chaudhry said that this case should set an example so that the culprits should know that they will not be spared if any such incident occurred. He told the DIG that he should have arrested all those involved in Shahrukh’s escape.