Common citizens in Pakistan’s commercial capital of Karachi appear to have no safety of life as they reel under the corrupt, feudal-dominated Zardari government, a recent cold-blooded murder has bared.
Shahzeb Khan, 20, belonged to a family of police officers and was son of D.S.P. Aurangzeb Khan in Karachi. His late grandfather Shahjahan Khan was a famous police officer in Hyderabad.
However, his killer Shahrukh Jatoi, son of Sikandar Jatoi, a Sindhi feudal connected to President Asif Ali Zardari, has not been arrested yet despite passage of three days.
Jatoi murdered Shahzeb Khan in cold blood, according to Pakistan media reports.
The killer’s father Sikandar Jatoi was a feudal landlord from Sukkur but later became a “very rich contractor with all government officials in his pocket” after his friendship with Zardari.
The extremely handsome Shahzeb Khan was said to be immensely popular among the youths of Karachi. A Facebook page “In memory of Shahzeb Khan” had more than 34,000 members by Friday evening U.S. northeast time and hundreds of people were joining it every minute. By noon Saturday, the member numbers had crossed 44,000.
“Deeply disturbed to learn about the tragic cold blooded murder of young Shahzeb Khan in Karachi by kin of some ‘influential’ people,” Imran Khan, chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Imran Khan tweeted Friday.
“A classic example of how our ruling elite violates laws inc murder,” Khan added and urged his supporters to participate in the protest rally at the Karachi Press Club 3 pm Sunday.
A similar peaceful protest rally is being held at the Liberty Round About in Lahore on Sunday at 3 pm.
Shahzeb Khan was returning from his sister’s wedding to the family Country Club apartment in the Seaview township on Christmas night when he and another sister were harassed by Shahrukh Jatoi’s friend Nawab Siraj Talpur.
An argument ensued between the youths but D.S.P. Aurangzeb Khan and family elders of the Jatoi intervened to calm the youngsters.
However, after a few hours Shahrukh Jatoi shot dead Shahzeb Khan about 500 yards from the Country Club apartments.
The victim was closely related to member of the national assembly, Nabil Gabol.
Meanwhile, President Zardari officially passed on the mantel of the leadership of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party to his son Bilawal Zardari aka Billy Zardari on Thursday. Billy Zardari is said to be gay and this would be the first time a major political party in Pakistan will be led by a gay man.