11 Jun 2011

Pakistan orders inquiry into videoed killing

7:45 am on 11 June 2011

Pakistan's prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, has ordered an inquiry into the death of a young man at the hands of paramilitary forces in Karachi.

Video footage of the incident broadcast on television shows Sarfaraz Shah begging for his life before being shot in the leg by the paramilitaries, who remain close to him but do nothing to help.

He died from his injuries.

The Sindh Rangers paramilitary group have since said that Mr Shah had been caught trying to rob someone, an allegation his family denies.

The incident has sparked an outcry, with some politicians calling for the Rangers involved to be prosecuted.