Allegations of trafficking: Another spiritual leader implicated in Sana Gurmani’s disappearance

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Yet another Pir from Ranipur finds himself implicated in the case involving the trafficking of a young woman, Sana Gurmani. Deedar Gurmani, Sana Gurmani’s father, has lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against Pir Suhail, also known as Mahfooz Shah Jilani. The charges against Pir Suhail include Section 364 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 3/4 of the Trafficking Act. Deedar Gurmani, a resident of Meena village in the Qambar-Shahdadkot district, recounted that approximately two years ago, they entrusted their daughter Sana to their spiritual leader, Pir Suhail Shah, also known as Mahfooz Shah Jilani.

Allegedly, they had taken this step when Sana developed differences with her husband shortly after their marriage. Deedar Gurmani claimed that their attempts to visit Sana were consistently thwarted by the Pirs, who would come up with various excuses to prevent meetings.

Deedar Gurmani harbours suspicions that Pir Suhail, along with his close relatives, may have either sold or even harmed Sana. He lamented, “Instead of aiding our efforts to locate my daughter, these Pirs have chosen to intimidate us into silence regarding Sana’s baffling disappearance.” He urged for justice and Sana’s protection.

In response, SSP Khairpur Mir Rohal Khoso, in a conversation with the media, assured that not only would the accused be apprehended, but every effort would be made to locate Sana at the earliest opportunity. He indicated that the police force had been instructed to launch a thorough investigation into the matter. It’s noteworthy that the emergence of Sana Gurmani’s case comes in the wake of the alleged rape and murder of ten-year-old Fatima at the Dastigir House of Pir Asdad Ali Shah Jelani, a fortnight ago.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at