Karachi killing: Top Pakistani officer removed

June 14th, 2011 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 14 (IANS) The chief of a Pakistani paramilitary force was removed Tuesday on the orders of the Supreme Court in connection with the killing of an unarmed youth in Karachi, the military said.

Sarfaraz Shah, 25, was shot dead by the Sindh Rangers June 8 outside the Benazir Shaheed Park in Karachi after he was allegedly caught snatching cash and valuables from visitors.

Footage released by news channels showed Shah was unarmed and was shot from a very close range. The video clips also reportedly showed he was pleading for mercy.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary later ordered the removal of Sindh Rangers director general, Maj. Gen. Ejaz Chaudhry.

He was removed Tuesday, Xinhua quoted a military spokesman as saying.

The attorney general told the apex court Monday the government sent a letter to the army’s general headquarters with the court’s order for action against Chaudhry.

The Sindh government has dropped plans to seek a review of the apex court’s order for the transfer of Chaudhry and provincial police chief Fayyaz Leghari.

Six arrested Rangers and a civilian accused in Shah’s killing were Monday remanded to police custody till June 15 by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.

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