In a recent firing incident in Pakistan, a young unarmed boy was killed by paramilitary forces in the southern part of Karachi. The video aired by many local and international television channels showed the young man begging for help.
According to the paramilitary officials who shot him, the 18-year-old boy was attempting to rob people in the park. They added that the boy had a gun too, hidden in the park, which he had decided to use during the robbery. The officials also claimed that the main reason behind the boy’s killing was that he was actually trying to reach the gun of the forces.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusufhas ordered an inquiry into the on-camera killing of the young man by paramilitary forces.
The video, which can now be viewed on many social networking websites as well, shows young Sarfarz Shah initially hiding his face from the live camera. But, after a couple of seconds, he is seen begging for his life after being shot by a Rangers man.
The boy stayed alive for about 11 minutes, according to the people present at the site. During this time, Sarfaraz was repeatedly begging the Rangers to take him to the hospital. The Rangers shot two fires at him, hitting him in the thigh and left arm. The Rangers stayed close to him all this time, but did not help him at all.
According to hospital authorities, Sarfaraz died due to excessive blood release from his body. The video, too, shows blood pouring out of his body and pooling on the ground beneath him.
Sarfaraz’s family cursed the paramilitary forces involved in the killing of their son. His brother tearfully shared, "My innocent brother has been killed brutally by the Rangers.” He added, "What harm has he inflicted on anybody? His crime was that he was just strolling in the public park because there was no power in the house."
Ali Dayan Hasan, a Pakistani researcher for Human Rights Watch, said the killing "provides chilling evidence of the abusive, trigger-happy practices of Pakistan's military, paramilitary and civilian agencies."
Malik, the federal interior minister, impressed, “although Shah was 'a criminal,' the government would investigate whatever illegal act was committed against him."
The last words yelled by Sarfaraz to the paramilitary were, "I am helpless. No, no, don't kill me brother. Please don’t."