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Friday, August 12, 2011

Rangers man handed death penalty in Park killing

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) announced death sentence for a Rangers man while six co-accused were handed life imprisonment for killing a youth at a park in Karachi.

The court handed death penalty to Shahid Zafar with Rs. Two Lac fine for killing Sarfaraz Shah. Six accomplices were given life in jail and Rs one Lac fine to each.

The prosecution in Sarfaraz Shah’s extrajudicial killing trial sought on Tuesday the death sentence for all the seven defendants including six Rangers personnel for murdering an unarmed citizen in cold blood.

The ATC Tuesday reserved the judgment after hearing the closing arguments of the special public prosecutor (SPP) and the defence counsel on Tuesday.

The Rangers personnel — Sub-Inspector Bahur Rehman, Lance Naik Liaquat Ali and constables Mohammad Tariq, Manthar Ali, Shahid Zafar and Mohammad Afzal — and private contractor Afsar Khan were charged of murdering 22-year-old Shah with their common intention at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park in the Clifton area on June 8.

The counsels of the accused have announced to appeal against the court's decision.

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