Not to sigh breath of relief till justice doled out to widow of Nazim Jokhio : Altaf Shakoor


Karachi: Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman and vice chairman of Pakistan Quami Ittehad Altaf Shakoor has said that they would not take a sigh of relief till justice is doled out to the widow and family of Shaheed Nazim Jokhio.

As per details, the district and sessions court Malir here Thursday heard the case of the murder of Nazim Jokhio and cancelled the interim bail of five suspects, who later managed to flee from the court room.

Nazim Jokhio had raised the issue of illegal hunting of migratory birds which irked local landlords and he was murdered and his dead body was found inside a Malir farmhouse in November last year.

Jokhio had stopped and filmed some foreigners while hunting rare houbara bustards in his native village in Thatta, according to the first information report (FIR) of the incident registered on the complaint of his brother Afzal Jokhio.

“MPA Jam Awais alias Gohram, along with Niaz Salar, Ahmed Shoro, Haider Ali and Mehr Ali, killed my brother by kicking and punching, and beating him with batons close to the gate of Jam House,” the report quoted Afzal as telling the police. Jam Awais Khan Jokhio, a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker, surrendered to the police days later after Jokhio’s relatives staged a sit-in on a highway.

The suspects who escaped included Saleem Salar, Dodo Khan, Muhammad Soomar, Muhammad Ishaq and Muhammad Khan Jokhio. The court reserved its verdict on their petitions on January 8 in the light of the investigation report and said to announce its decision on January 13.

In a previous hearing, the court expressed annoyance over the police investigator for failing to complete the investigation in the murder. The investigation officer (IO) sought time to submit a final charge sheet, maintaining he was yet to receive reports of a forensic analysis of digital video recorder (DVR) footage recovered from cameras at the farmhouse and portable storage.

Talking to media outside the court, PDP Chairman Altaf Shakoor said that he is thankful for civil society and party workers who came to the court to express solidarity with the widow Sheerin Jokhio. He hoped that the accused would be taken to the task after the sections of anti-terrorism act are included in it. He said the PDP believes in helping the oppressed and suppressed people of this country and it would always raise a strong voice to protest their rights.

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