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SC questions civil society’s right to file appeals in Shahzeb murder case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the locus standi of members of civil society to file appeals challenging the Sindh High Court November 28 verdict that paved the way for the release of Shahrukh Jatoi and other accused on bail. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who headed the three-judge bench, questioned how civil society or NGOs could file appeals when neither the aggrieved party nor the state wanted to question the verdict. He observed that if everyone was given the right to file cases, this would…

SC orders authorities to put Shahrukh Jatoi, others on no-fly list

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the authorities concerned to put the names of Shahrukh Jatoi and other suspects in Shahzeb Khan murder case on the ECL. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib, gave this direction while hearing the appeals assailing the verdict that led to the release of key suspect Shahrukh Jatoi and other convicts on bail at Karachi registry. While admitting the appeals for hearing, the bench ordered issuance of bailable warrants for the arrest of all the suspects. It…

CJP orders transfer of Shahzeb Khan murder case to Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Saturday ordered to transfer the appeal of the Shahzeb Khan murder case to Islamabad.  The chief justice summoned the case file over the appeal which was submitted by the civil society. He also directed the Supreme Court's registrar to set a date for the hearing of the appeal at its earliest. The Sindh High Court declared null and void the sentences given to Shahrukh Jatoi and others, after which the sessions court subsequently granted bail to the suspects. Members…

HRCP alarmed by opposition for human rights defenders

LAHORE: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday expressed its alarm and serious dismay over Pakistan voting against a United Nations General Assembly resolution that called for recognising the role of human rights defenders (HRDs) and the need for their protection.