KARACHI, Pakistan — Two young men received death sentences Friday over a fatal shooting that exposed class divisions in Pakistan and led to an unusual social media campaign demanding that the country’s rich and powerful be held accountable.
The suspects, Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur, come from two of the wealthiest families in Karachi, a violent metropolis on Pakistan’s southern coast. They were convicted of killing 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan in December.
Activists in Karachi sprang into action over Khan’s death, fighting back on Twitter and Facebook against a notoriously corrupt Pakistani police force and judicial system.
The Supreme Court eventually demanded police detain Jatoi, Talpur, and two other suspects, who were sentenced to life in prison.
Defense lawyer Hummol Zubedi said the defendants would appeal the decision.