Interior ministry refuses to send Shahrukh Jatoi’s mercy plea to Presidency


ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry of Pakistan on Thursday refused to send a mercy appeal of Shahrukh Jatoi – a death row convict for killing son of a police officer – to the Presidency.


Despite an alleged accord between the two parties, the ministry says the state will however fulfill its responsibility.

Jatoi will receive the same treatment as other criminals in the light of the National Action Plan (NAP), said the interior ministry in statement issued today. “If Section 780-A of the Anti-Terrorism Act is applied in a case, then the sentence remains despite an agreement with the family of the murdered,” said the ministry.

An Anti-terrorism court (ATC) had awarded death sentences to Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur, the key suspects, in Shahzeb murder case while giving life imprisonment to two other accused in June 2013.

Shahzeb Khan, 20, was shot dead on the night between December 24 and 25 in 2012. Seven people including Shahrukh Jatoi, Nawab Siraj Talpur his brother Sajjad Talpur and their employee Murtaza Lashari were booked in the murder case.