KARACHI - The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday issued orders to put names of the accused in the murder case of Shahzeb Khan on the exit control list as it accepted the appeal of civil society activists against the Sindh High Court’s retrial order for hearing.

During the hearing of the appeal at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, a three-member bench, led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, directed the government and the interior ministry to place the names of Shahrukh Jatoi, Siraj Talpur, Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari on the ECL. The apex court also directed the interior ministry to issue relevant instructions to all airports in the country. The court issued arrest warrants for the convicts and sent notices to all the respondents in the case.

The civil society members had approached the Supreme Court against the SHC ruling which had set aside the death penalty for Shahrukh Jatoi and others convicted for the murder of Shahzeb, ordering their retrial by a sessions court. The civil society activists, Jibran Nasir, Jamshed Raza Mahmood, Afiya Shehrbano Zia, Naeem Sadiq, Nazim Fida Hussain Haji, Zulfiqar Shah, Aquila Ismail, Fahim Zaman Khan and Naziha Syed Ali, had filed a criminal petition in the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, challenging the SHC’s ruling that the murder case does not fall within the jurisdiction of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

In their petition, the civil society members stated that they have the legal standing to file leave to appeal as they are citizens of Karachi and reside in Defence Housing Authority where the murder took place.

They stated in the petition the incident was not just of an individual nature, but carried serious repercussions for the society at large. On December 23, 2017, Jatoi, the son of an influential feudalist, and other convicts in Shahzeb Khan murder case were released on bail after the deceased’s father submitted an affidavit in support of the their bail applications.

Shahzeb was gunned down by Jatoi in a posh locality of Karachi on December 25, 2012.

Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur were sentenced to death while Siraj’s brother Nawab Sajjad Ali Talpur and his employee Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were awarded life imprisonment by the anti-terrorism court on June 7, 2013, for murdering a private university student, Shahzeb Khan, on December 24, 2012.