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KARACHI: Authorities are investigating a video that appears to show paramilitary forces shooting to death an unarmed young man in Karachi, officials said Thursday.
The video aired repeatedly on TV.
A spokesman for the paramilitary Rangers claimed its forces detained 25-year-old Sarfaraz Shah because he was attempting to rob people in a park in Karachi on Wednesday. He said a gun was recovered from Shah and he was shot because he was reaching for a Ranger’s rifle.
Shah’s brother, Salik, a local crime reporter, denied his brother was a robber and accused the Rangers of shooting an innocent person.
”It seems to be a case of routine high-handedness of the Rangers,” Salik Shah said. ”They misuse their powers by shooting on sight.”
The video aired on local television shows a man in civilian clothes holding Sarfaraz Shah by his hair and kicking him toward a group of five Rangers. One Ranger points his rifle at Shah’s neck as he appears to plead with them. As Shah moves toward a Ranger with his arms outstretched, he is shot and falls to the ground.
The Rangers’ spokesman said he was shot in the leg and eventually died.