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Pak civilian convicted in Karachi extrajudicial killing case 'challenges life term'

Karachi , Tue, 16 Aug 2011 ANI

Karachi, August 16(ANI): Afsar Khan, the Pakistani civilian who was convicted along with six Rangers personnel in the Sarfaraz Shah extrajudicial killing case, has challenged the verdict of the anti-terrorism court that sentenced him to life imprisonment.


A total of seven accused had been indicted, including the six Rangers personnel who were caught on tape shooting a young man- identified as Sarfaraz Shah- from point blank range in Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park in Karachi on June 8.


Last Friday, Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso delivered the verdict that Shahid Zafar, the Rangers official who shot the youth, be hanged till death.


The other five accused personnel and one civilian, Asfar Khan, were sentenced to life in prison.


Khan's counsel, Aamir Warraich, filed an application in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the verdict on Tuesday, the Dawn reports.


The killing was caught live on camera, with the video footage showing a man in civilian clothes holding Sarfaraz by his hair and kicking him towards a group of about half a dozen Rangers personnel. A soldier pointed his rifle at the neck of Sarfaraz, who pleaded for mercy, saying: "I am helpless."


The men surrounded Sarfaraz and as he moved towards one with his arms outstretched, he was pushed back and shot twice in the hand and leg. A longer version of the video posted on social networking websites showed the victim lying on the ground, screaming and requesting the Rangers to take him to hospital. (ANI)


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