Justice For Shahzeb Khan

225th day of December, celebrated around the world as a day of joy and happiness, a day marking the arrival of the great Messiah. In Pakistan, the day takes another meaning, the day of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam, a man of principles, who set in the very foundation of Pakistan, peace, coexistence, equality, freedom and liberty.

lThe day, however, was not so jolly for the Khans, residents of Karachi, Pakistan, who were busy burying the only son of the family, a 19 year old, Shahzeb Khan, whose crime was standing up against harassment his sister faced by a servant of the “powerful”. The news spread and took over the entire nation like wildfire. Within a couple of days of the incident, “In Memory of Shahzeb Khan” had more than 50,000 subscribers. The express tribune covered the story in detail and the same was published on December 27, 2012. The friends and family of the deceased announced a protest to be held on December 30, 2012, simultaneously in Karachi and Lahore. Social Media was taken over and #JusticeForShahzebKhan (initially) and #Justice4ShahzebKhan at a later stage, seemed to be the only thing the nation had to talk about.

Soon enough, various political parties joined the cause. During a visit by PTI leadership at the Khans residence, Aurangzeb, Shahzeb’s Father, appreciated the solidarity shown and requested to not turn it into a political row. Rather, he wished for people to join in the name of humanity and justice, vowing to not letting this happen to another Shahzeb. Amidst all this, on 29th day of December, it was reported by Tribune that the suspects have been able to evade police at Dadu and were not captured. Surely the evasion may well be questioned. Were they actually that clever and quick or was a clean passage given since even registering an FIR had proven to be challenging against the alleged powerful murderers.

On December 30th, 2012, in Karachi, scores showed up at the Press Club, expressing sorrow and demanding justice. However, it was disturbing to note that a cause purely humanitarian called for by the loved ones of the deceased had turned into political rallies. While the involvement of the parties and support may be greatly appreciated, Aurangzeb’s request of not carrying party flags was completely ignored. It was difficult to ascertain whether a protest was being attended or a political rally.

bSubsequently, the closed ones and the not so closed ones who were there for support decided to move away and carried on towards Sea View near the Khan residence. It was heartwarming to note that the number of fellow humans were much larger in that group. This group largely included family, friends, neighbors and people not known but this incident had brought them close like family.e

dThe protestors gathered some ways away and started walking slowly towards the residence. The crowd seemed to have grown to hundreds. Sea View, Karachi was echoing chants of “We want justice”, “Aurangzeb, we are with you” and so forth. Pain and anger could be felt in each and every single voice as it got louder and louder. Soon, the entire street was jam packed with those who turned up for the cause, against the rampant mockery of justice by the elite and powerful who seem to think they are above the law.

The protest ended as Aurangzeb spoke and addressed the crowd thanking and asking each to do this, not only for his son but for every son. Since majority present were young, the need to raise the voice against this and other injustices was emphasized upon and the protest ended with a prayer and a call to not be at rest till the culprits are put to task.i

gOnly if we all could join in, leaving politics aside, surely would have been a great gesture. But then again, what better event for point-scoring, than death of a 19 year old which has left the entire nation in grief, sorrow and anger.

Here is looking forward to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of this incident and ensuring that impartial inquiry is conducted and adequate action is taken. People need to feel democracy in their daily lives. However, as long as we have individuals assuming to be above the law and being successful, all we can do is call it a democracy.
j Views contained herein are personal, as a neighbor, a participant and an observer and by no means reflect opinion of the family.

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5 thoughts on “Justice For Shahzeb Khan

  1. Marium Arif says:

    The worst pain anyone can inflict on someone is to take their beloved away from them. But to do so in just cold-Blooded revenge to sate your ego will InshaAllah not go unpunished by Allah Ta’ala in this world or the hereafter.
    People like Siraj Talpur & Sharukh Jatoi make me feel ashamed of being a part of this society. It keeps me constantly worried about my family, of opening the gate at night, of driving around aimlessly, of mistrusting even the genuine people asking for help.

    Its easier said but may Allah grant shazeb’s family the courage to cope with this immense loss and may Allah teach all thesecold blooded bastards a lesson soon.

  2. Awab Alvi says:

    Friends of Shahzeb – Though theoretically I agree that such issues should compel us all to step away from politics and talk about the greater cause, but in Pakistan you need to think beyond and a little into the political realm to achieve your cause – I personally have been a civil Society activist from 2006 and have been practically at the Press Club almost every month for various Human Rights issues -as much as I was averse to the display of political flags – I have realized that the civil society scope is powerful but very limited – passion for the cause runs out quickly – you need to incrementally escalate the issue to such an extent in the media that you simply cant ignore this until you find justice – and In Pakistan you need to let the greed of politics help you achieve that “Critical Tipping Point”

    Political Parties engagement is a mixed plate – in the case of Shahzeb – step by step development has helped 1) Tribune story 2) Express News Ticker 3) Imran Khan tweet 4) MQM Press Release all made sure that the media would cover the protest. Im sure you would have held a brilliant protest alone – what about tomorrow in a talk show WHO would talk about Shahzeb – since its dominated by politicians – or for that matter 2-3 weeks later when only 20 friends of Shahzeb will show up at a candle light vigil [i hope not] but its a reality I have seen more often then not – in the long run you need these political pundits to help attract the media even if they issue a statement on GEO – at least SHAHZEB will get mentioned

    With the acceptance of Political parties today – you have literally captured their interest & fascination – tomorrows talk show – at least someone from PTI and MQM will talk about this case … 2 weeks later Aurangzeb sb can call some leader on the phone and convincingly ask him to help populate a candle light vigil and get some media people to cover the event – or for that matter – I know Salman Ahmed is pushing to have some top TV anchors interview Aurganzeb Sb and others – THIS IS THE political Muscle that will help you create enough of a drum beat that it will help push PPP to cough out Shahrukh Jatoi from their dungeons

    The goal of “friends of shahzeb” should be ONE and only ONE – Justice by a free and fair trial of the murderers of Shahzeb – achieve this goal in anyway whatsoever

    I know this strategy might sound greedily political – but its a harsh reality – keep the family of Shahzeb impartial – let them shake hands with everyone, but dont shun away the flag breaers you need them – you need their support for the long haul – wink them – but let them appease their muscle – that is the gateway to the media buzz that will ultimately help achieve YOUR GOAL and I personally and passionately believe PTI would also like to see this as a success story.

  3. Shami khan says:

    Jab tak log PPP,MQM ko vote detay rahain gay aisa zulm hota rahay ga, vote dety hain ayash logon ko phir jab zulm ho jai to, chief justice or protest karna yaad aa jata hay.

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