Shahrukh Jataoi being treated as VIP despite CJP orders

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CJP had ordered jail authorities to transfer Shahrukh Jataoi, a murder convict, from luxurious jail to death cell when he paid a surprise visit to jail last week.

However, sources reveal that although Shahrukh Jataoi was transferred from Landhi Jail to Central Jail, he still is being given all the facilities of B-class. As per details, alleged letter by Central Jail authorities reads that since Jataoi’s appeal is still in court, he is supposed to be given B Class facilities and he can’t be kept at death cell. Hence, he is enjoying almost all luxuries he was already having at previous Jail.

B-Class jail includes all facilities like television, newspaper, fridge etc., and prisoners who belong to the elite class, such as politicians and educators etc are supposedly kept there.

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar visited Landhi Jail on Saturday and ordered Jail authorities to shift Shahrukh Jatoi from C-Class facility to death cell. Jatoi and his associates had shot dead 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan in Defence area of Karachi in 2012.

An anti-terrorism court in 2013 had awarded death sentences to Jatoi and Siraj Talpur for the murder of Shahzeb, while life sentences were handed down to Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari.

Unless the justice system is not made “same for all” in every way, curbing the exploitation of institutions done by aristocrats can’t be achieved. Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done!

The CJP paid a visit to Landhi jail on October 27 and was annoyed to find C-Class facility available to Jataoi. He inquired how such a facility could be allowed to someone convicted in a murder case. Reportedly, Jataoi’s jail cell had a television, fridge and a microwave. CJP Nisar ordered the jail authorities to transfer Jataoi to the death cell and summoned a report from Inspector General of Prisons.

Last year in November, the Sindh High court had released Jataoi on bail; setting aside the punishments awarded to the accused by ATC and had ordered a review of charges and a fresh trial by session’s court.

Read more: Shahzeb murder case sent back to ATC by the Supreme Court

But Supreme Court earlier this year took a sou motu notice, suspended the Sindh High Court decision and ordered the arrest of the convict Jataoi.

Pakistan’s justice system has seen ‘injustices’ as privileged class convicts receive luxuries and amenities in the supposed jail cells that are otherwise not expected to be afforded by many hard-earners of the society.

Read more: Shahzeb murder case: SC asks what constitutes terrorism?

Unless the justice system is not made “same for all” in every way, curbing the exploitation of institutions done by aristocrats can’t be achieved. Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done!

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