Relatives of Nizam Jokhiyo, who was found brutally murdered at the farmhouse of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Jam Awais in Karachi’s Malir area on Wednesday, held a protest in Dhabeji town of Thatta district on Thursday by keeping his body on the road.
Later, a few social activists and some political leaders of the area persuaded the estranged protesters to clear the road and bury the body.
The protest had led to the suspension of traffic for around two hours. The funeral prayer for the deceased was attended by MPA Riaz Shah Sheerazi and a large number of people from different walks of life.
Following the burial, Jokhiyo’s wailing mother and sobbing sisters joined the protesters. “My son was innocent; he has been brutally killed by influential people,” lamented Jokhiyo’s mother.
The protesters demanded the arrest of Jam Awais, PPP’s lawmaker from Thatta, and called for the nomination of MNA Jam Abdul Karim Jokhiyo from Malir in the first information report (FIR).
Late on Wednesday, victim’s brother Afzal Jokhiyo had an FIR registered at the Memon Goth Police Station against Jam Awais and his two accomplices allegedly involved in the murder. However, he alleged the police were not ready to nominate Jam Abdul Karim Jokhiyo in the case, who he said was the prime abettor.
The Memon Goth Police Station SHO said that it appeared that the deceased was beaten up with clubs and sticks during a scuffle that broke out at the farmhouse of the lawmaker.
The initial post mortem report that came to the fore on late Wednesday revealed that the body bore marks of torture.
Afzal Jokhiyo told the media that his brother had made a video of hunting by the foreign guests of the lawmakers and broadcast it live on social media. Later on, his brother continuously received threats from ‘Jam House in Malir’ and they were summoned to the farmhouse. He said him and his brother went to Jam House in Malir where the MNA allegedly started beating his brother and asked him (Afzal) to go away.
He said that he had to leave his brother there. He claimed that they were called for a patch-up.
Afzal said he reached his home late on Tuesday night when two persons belonging to Jam House – Mohammed Khan Jokhiyo and Ishaq Jokhiyo – informed him that his brother had died. “My brother was subjected to severe cruelty and murdered,” said the grief-stricken Jokhiyo.
The protest continued till the filing of this report.