Sindh Home Minister denies accusations of political victimization

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Sindh Home Minister Brigadier (retired) Haris Nawaz, the caretaker, denied allegations of political victimization in the province on Sunday. He asserted that no actions were being taken against any political leader. The minister’s statement came amidst heightened political tensions in the province following a series of alleged media reports surfacing regarding politicians, particularly from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), being placed on a stop list and their homes being raided in an attempt to uncover corrupt practices.

Commenting on the aforementioned reports about Sindh politicians on Sunday, Brigadier (retd) Haris Nawaz stated that only NAB investigations and criminal cases were underway. “Political victimization is not being carried out against anyone in Sindh,” the interim minister told the journalists.

The caretaker home minister also refuted reports of politicians being placed on the stop list. Clarifying further, he mentioned that no money had been recovered from anyone’s house, and no politicians’ residences had been raided in Sindh.

It’s worth noting that speculations arose after notices were issued to the former Sindh Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, close family members, officers of food and excise and taxation departments, and some of his frontmen by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the scam. Some media outlets, without confirming with PPP leaders, claimed that significant amounts had been recovered from PPP leaders, including the former Federal Minister Shazia Atta Marri. Ms Marri, in response to a widespread malicious campaign against her, appeared on some national TV channels to deny the reports about the raids on her house and the subsequent recovery of a substantial amount.

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