(PTI) Pakistan's security forces, reeling from the controversial shooting and killing of five unarmed Russians, faced fresh embarrassment on Wednesday after TV channels aired gruesome footage of a paramilitary trooper gunning down a youth at point blank range in Karachi.
The footage shows the youth, identified as Sarfraz Shah, apparently pleading for mercy after being surrounded by five troopers of the Pakistan Rangers at Benazir Bhutto Park in Boat Basin area of Karachi.
One of the troopers then fires two shots at Shah from point blank range with a G3 assault rifle.
Pakistan Rangers officials had earlier told the media that Shah was an "armed criminal" and was killed when he resisted efforts to capture him after a robbery.
The officials claimed security personnel had shot Shah after he fired at them.
However, the footage aired on all TV news channels clearly showed that Shah was unarmed when he was shot.
The footage shows Shah being grabbed by the hair and roughed up by a man clad in a white shirt who has a pistol in his hand.
Reports said this man was a policeman in plainclothes. The man then hands over Shah to five paramilitary troopers, one of whom rams his G3 rifle against Shah's throat.
Shah is then seen pleading for mercy with folded hands. Shah approaches the trooper with the rifle and appears to be asking him to lower the weapon when another trooper pulls them apart.