Apr 272013
 

Karachi

 

A teenage boy was shot dead allegedly by the security guard of his schoolmate after a brawl in Defence, bringing back memories of the infamous Shahzeb Khan murder case.

 

O-Level student Hamza Hussain, 17, son of Talib Hussain, was shot dead outside a café at Khayaban-e-Sehar on Saturday afternoon, Darakhshan police said. The suspected killers, Shoaib and his guard, are still at large.

 

Hamza, who lived on Khayaban-e-Shujaat, studied at a private school in DHA and had a relationship with a girl at the school. One of the suspects, Shoaib, disliked their friendship, however, and used to tease the girl. Several argument had taken place between the boys earlier also, South SSP Nasir Aftab said.

 

On Saturday, Shoaib called Hamza at the restaurant to finally resolve their differences but their conversation soon turned ugly and they started exchanging hot words. However, when Hamza slapped Shoaib, the latter’s guard opened fire at the boy, critically injuring him. The guard and Shoaib fled in their car.

 

The victim was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries, Aftab said.

 

The police launched a raid at the residence of Shoaib but the suspects were not there. Shoaib’s family was unaware about the incident when the police questioned them.

 

They claimed to have given Shoaib a security guard because of a kidnapping threat, police said.

 

The guard was from the Cartsler Security Company. A police team went to the firm’s office, where they obtained the details of the suspected killer, including his residential address.

 

The police were conducting raids to arrest the suspects till late night. Further investigations are under way.

 

In a similar case, 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan, the son of a police officer, was shot dead in on December 25 last year in Defence after a petty brawl. Shahrukh Jatoi, the son of an influential businessman, and his two friends and their domestic worker are being tried for murder.

 

The cold-blooded murder had sparked uproar across the country, prompting Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take notice of the incident. But the case has been dragging on for months now because of different reasons.

 

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