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Pakistani provincial minister, wife murdered in Karachi home

Sindh planning and development minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife Fariha Razzaq were found dead in their home in the high security Defence Housing Authority neighbourhood.

world Updated: Feb 01, 2018 22:29 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Sindh Minister,Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani,Fariha Razzaq
File photo of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani.

A Pakistani provincial minister and his wife were found dead with gunshot wounds at their home in Karachi on Thursday, with police officials saying they suspected the murders were caused by enmity within the family.

Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, 71, a senior politician of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and his wife Fariha Razzaq Haroon, a former media personality, were found in the bedroom of their residence, with the door locked.

Police officials confirmed the couple had been shot dead by unidentified persons, who then locked the door of the bedroom. The bodies were sent for autopsy.

Several senior leaders of the PPP, which is in power in southern Sindh province, visited Bijarani’s home after news of his death spread. Sindh Assembly deputy speaker Shehla Raza described Bijarani’s death as a “huge loss for the party”.

Bijarani, known as an elder statesman of the PPP, was a minister in the provincial government. He was the chief of the Bijarani tribe and a member of the provincial assembly from Kashmore district, which borders Balochistan province.

The veteran politician had served several times as a federal and provincial minister in PPP governments.

Provincial information minister Nasir Hussain Shah confirmed the deaths but said it would be too early to draw any conclusions.

Bijarani was born on July 10, 1946 into a prominent political family and completed his education in Sindh. His wife was also a member of the Sindh assembly during 2002-07.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 17:51 IST