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Slain Sindhi Journalist Was Strangled To Death, Thrown Into Irrigation Ditch

The dead body of journalist Aziz Memon, 56, was recovered from an irrigation ditch in Mehrabpur, Sindh on February 16. The deceased was associated with Daily Kawish and KTN News channel.

Local police say that Memon was garroted. According to SHO Azim Rajpar of Mehrabpur police station, senior journalist Aziz Memon’s corpse was recovered from the outskirts of city in Godu Shakh stream, an extension of Rohri Canal situated near crematory of the Hindu community. Rajpur said that the slain journalist had a cable-wire wrapped around his neck, which indicated that he was strangled to death with the same wire and then thrown into an irrigation ditch. The dead body was taken to a district hospital for post-mortem. Further investigations are underway. The hospital’s medical officer told local journalists that it was premature to comment whether death occurred due to strangulation, cardiac arrest or some other reason. He said that there were no visible marks from the wire around his neck.

A local journalist told The Independent Urdu that ‘the body was recovered from a village in the outskirts of the city. The deceased journalist went to that area along with someone and told the few young men accompanying him to return. Later, reports about recovery of his dead body surfaced. It is unclear as to what transpired with him.

Out of his 35-year long association with journalism, Aziz Memon spent the last 27 years working as a reporter for Sindh-language newspaper Daily Kawish and KTN News. He left behind a grieving wife, two sons and two daughters.

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It should be noted that a provincial assembly member of Sindh’s ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was gunned down over property dispute in the same district a day ago.

After Memon’s body was found, a video went viral on social media where the slain journalist claimed that MNA Ibrar Ali Shah hired fake PPP supporters to join Bilawal Bhutto’s train march at Mehrabpur Railway Station. He said that senior superintendent of police in Naushahro Feroz and PPP’s local supporters were threatening to kill him.

Karachi Union of Journalists termed Memon’s murder as failure of police and demanded immediate justice.

PPP leaders told Independent Urdu that Memon’s murder was unfortunate and it was unjust to associate it with any political party or politician while investigations were underway. Bilawal Bhutto’s coordinator Usman Ghazi said that Memon had met Naushahro Feroz’s senior superintendent of police six times in past three months. Thus, attempts to link the murder with an incident (Bilawal Bhutto’s train march) that occurred a year ago was nothing but political adventurism. He said the PPP demanded transparent inquiry of the matter so to bring the culprits to justice.

This story was written by Amar Guriro for Independent Urdu and it has been translated by Kasim Osmani

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