The news that Shahrukh Jatoi was free to go home after killing a young boy, with many witnesses after just paying the blood-money is a really sad reflection on our criminal justice system.

We have all heard that ‘money talks’ and money can buy anything but I had no idea that you can get away with murder if you have enough money and clout! The sources have revealed that Shahzeb’s family has forgiven Shahrukh in the name of Islam, and also that they have taken ‘blood money’. Shahrukh Jatoi was given death sentence on June 7, but he was dead sure his influential family will find a way to get him free. The main idea is that we have now given a ‘carte blanche’ to the children of the rich to go out and kill with immunity! Blood money is paid if the person is killed ‘unintentionally’ or by accident. Now the insecurities have gone further. We are not secure at all, our property is not secure nor is our belief secure.

RIDAH ZAFAR,

Rawalpindi, September 12.