Fresh committee formed to probe killing two Hindu traders

September 25, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced to constitute a fresh inquiry committee under supervision of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) (South) Karachi Abdul Khaliq Shaikh to investigate murder of two Hindu brothers in Umerkot and asked him to submit the report within five days.

This was stated by Chief Executive of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and Zulfiqar Shah of Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN) at a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.

They further informed: “The provincial government has also assured to provide cash compensation and government job to three Hindus – two trader brothers and third one who was a key witness of the twin murders – and had later committed suicide. Such relief was decided in a meeting of the representatives committee of the Hindu community with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at CM House.

The committee had earlier signed a written agreement with the government appointed Committee for solving problems of Hindus, when thousands of non-Muslims from Umerkot and parts of Sindh had staged a sit-in at Karachi Club for their demands.

The written agreement was signed on Saturday night by Sindh Ministers Dr. Sikandare Mandhro, Mukesh Mumar Chawla and Giyanchand Israni, Commissioner of Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, DIG of Police, Karachi (South) Abdul Khaliq Shaikh, SSP South Faisal Bashir Memon and Deputy Commission of South Jamal Muzafa Qazi. From the protestors’ side the agreement document was signed by Chela Ram, Suresh Kumar, Karamat Ali, Krishan Sharma and Zulfiqar Shah.

Karamat Ali further said that the government, in principle, had agreed to solve all the outstanding problems of Hindus and other non-Muslims in Sindh. The Sindh Chief Minister has asked the already formed high level committee on the problems of Hindus comprising former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Rana Bhagwandas, Chairperson of Sindh Human Rights Commission Justice (Retd.) Majida Razvi and advocate Jhamat Mal to prepare recommendations and submit to the government for implementation.

He also announced to include Karamat Ali of PILER into the committee. This joint committee would soon meet and start its deliberations.

The Chief Minister also asked the Sindh Minister for Law Dr Sikandar Mandhro and Karachi’s Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui to finalize the amount for the compensations and it was decided that the law minister would personally handover the cheques to the victims’ families in Umerkot.

Karamat Ali said that the attitude of the provincial government was quite positive towards solving the non-Muslims issues, which showed the government was serious and intended to take action.

He said earlier, an investigation was done under the supervision of DIG Sanaullah Abbasi, but the report was not made public. He hoped that DIG Abdul Khaliq Shaikh would start the fresh investigations of the twin murders very soon as he had been asked to submit the report within five days.

He also said that in a report submitted by DIG Sanaullah Abbasi, it was mentioned that there was lack of interest by the administration, including SSP of the area, to resolve this issue seriously.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan gave a verdict on 24th June, 2014 for protection of minorities. “We had also included the demand the government to implement the Supreme Court decision.” The government has agreed to work on it.

Lal Malhi MNA said the main demand of Umerkot people was to remove the SSP of the district

as he had not arrested the culprits.

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