KARACHI - An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi on Friday sent Sikandar Jatoi, the father of the prime suspect in the Shahzeb murder case, Shahrukh Jatoi, on physical remand until January 16. Jatoi was arrested from outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad and transferred to Karachi on late Thursday night. He was produced in the ATC court under strict security arrangements.
Sikandar Jatoi has been charged with helping Shahrukh Jatoi flee the country after the murder of Shahzeb Khan.
Senior counsel Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, who represented Jatoi, prayed to the court to allow his client to access to medical facilities during his remand as he was suffering from heart disease. The court accepted the request and permitted Jatoi to access medical care while in police remand.
Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing until Jan 16.
Meanwhile, the Sindh High Court (SHC) heard a petition filed by Sikandar Jatoi’s other son, Shehzad Jatoi. He had alleged in his petition that the police were freezing his assets and harassing him.
The police said Shehzad Jatoi’s property and assets had not been frozen yet. Twenty-year-old Shahzeb, the son of DSP Aurangzeb Khan, was gunned down on the night between December 24 and 25 when he was returning home, along with his sister, after attending a wedding at the Country Club Apartments in Karachi.
The SC had taken suo motu notice of Shahzeb Khan’s murder following protests from the civil society and coverage of the incident in the media.