Sarfraz Shah murder: President grants pardon to Rangers personnel

KARACHI: Rangers personnel involved in the June 2011 killing of a youth (Sarfraz Shah) inside a public park in Karachi have received pardon by President Mamnoon Hussain.

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The pardon was granted by the President under Article 45 of the Constitution.

Shah was shot dead by the paramilitary troops and left to die inside the park in Clifton area. The video of the incident, aired by all channels at the time, had caused public outrage.

The victim’s family has already pardoned the offender.

The Inspector General of Prisons Sindh Nusrat Mangan has written a letter to Home Secretary Sindh, DIG Prison and Senior Superintendent Central Prison Karachi to inform them about the presidential pardon.

“After receiving the pardon orders from the President House, we have communicated with the IG prison, and the convicts may be freed any time from Karachi’s Central Jail,” said a senior official of the Home Department.

The men had been sentenced to life imprisonment.

In August 2011, an anti-terrorism sentenced Rangers constable Shahid Zafar to death and jailed Sub-Inspector Bahaur Rehman, Lance Naik Liaquat Ali and Constables Muhammad Tariq, Manthar Ali and Afzal Khan for life under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.

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