KARACHI - Bullet-riddled bodies of Sindh minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife were found in mysterious circumstances at their home in Karachi.

Police said their bodies were found in the study room, adjacent to the bedroom, at the house located in Defence Housing Authority.

Authorities said apparently the minister shot dead his wife before killing himself with a pistol, but they were investigating the incident from all angles.

Bijarani was a veteran leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party who had been a federal minister, senator and Sindh education minister. Now he was holding the portfolio of provincial minister for planning and development. His wife Fariha Razzaq was a journalist.

Police cited the family members, including the son of the deceased couple, saying that they heard gunshots and rushed towards the room but found the door locked from the inside. They broke the door and saw the bodies lying in a pool of blood, they claimed.

Senior police officer Tauqeer Naeem said a pistol was found from the room and there was no sign of robbery and breaking into the house.

However, police took five people in custody for investigation – including Bijarani’s driver and his wife, and two police officials deployed for security of the minister.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto demanded the police share the report on the incident.

Sindh IGP AD Khowaja told newsmen that an inquiry committee had been constituted to probe the incident under the supervision of DIG South Azad Khan.

As soon as the deaths were reported, the police high ups rushed to the spot. Forensic experts gathered evidence from the crime scene while investigators also collected CCTV footages from the nearby cameras. The pistol was sent to forensic lab for examination.

The bodies were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for autopsy. Postpartum report revealed that Fareeha was shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the head. The minister’s body had a single shot, in the head.

Raja Umer Khattab, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in-charge, told the media at the crime scene that total four bullets were fired, one of which missed the target.

SP Clifton said that they had received information on 15 Helpline that two bodies have been found at a house and later they discovered that it was Mr Bijrani and his wife who had died.

Bodies of the deceased couple were later transported to the Imambargha Yasrab and from there to their hometown Jacobabad.

Condolences poured in after the news of the minister’s death broke. Pakistan People’s Party suspended all political activities and announced three-day mourning.

PPP Central Information Secretary Nafeesa Shah took to twitter to express her grief over the minister’s death.

Sindh Assembly’s Deputy Speaker and PPP leader Shehla Raza said that it was a “huge loss” for the party. “This is a very sad incident. I could never have imagined this could happen. I do not know anything else except that he is not among us right now,” she told newsmen.

Upon learning about the sad incident, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal and various other leaders affiliated with Pakistan People’s Party and lawmakers from other parties also arrived at the residence of the senior politician.

PM condoles Bijarani’s death

APP adds: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday expressed deep grief over the demise of veteran politician Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani and his wife.

In a statement issued by PM Office in Islamabad, the prime minister said the services of Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani for consolidation of democracy would be remembered.

The prime minister expressed condolences with the bereaved family and prayed for blessing of the departed souls.



PPP minister, wife found shot dead at home