Chief of Qaumi Awami Tehreek urges Supreme Court’s intervention in journalist and minor murders

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Ayaz Latif Palijo, leader of the Qaumi Awami Tehreek, has called upon the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take immediate action regarding the tragic killings of journalist Jan Mohmmad Mahar in Sukkur and Fatima Furiro in Ranipur town. Speaking to female party members during their hunger strike camp outside the Hyderabad Press Club on Wednesday, Palijo expressed deep concern over the lack of attention from the chief justices of both the apex court and the Sindh High Court.

Palijo deplored the fact that despite the high-profile murders of senior journalist Jan Mohammad Mahar and the minor maid Fatima Buriro, neither the chief justice of the Supreme Court nor the chief justice of the Sindh High Court had initiated any action. He emphasized that every state institution had a responsibility to ensure justice for the grieving families of both victims.

Expressing hope for proactive measures, Palijo stated that Chief Justice Omar Atta Bandial and Justice Ahmad Ali Shaikh would take strong notice of the incidents and direct the formation of judicial commissions to investigate these tragedies. He believed that these incidents had deeply impacted the people of Sindh and the entire nation.

Palijo held the previous PPP rulers accountable for the current state of affairs, alleging that their governance had led to the deterioration of various departments and the misappropriation of Sindh’s resources. He accused the PPP rulers of exploiting funds allocated for public welfare projects, including those intended for flood victims in Sindh. He warned that the province had been left vulnerable to criminal elements due to their actions.

In a stern message to those in power, Palijo urged the rulers to rectify their conduct and ensure the swift apprehension of all individuals involved in the murders of both Mr Mahar and the minor maid. As the Qaumi Awami Tehreek leader’s call for justice resonates, the spotlight remains on the role of the judiciary and the accountability of those responsible for maintaining the safety and well-being of the people.

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