KARACHI - Police investigators are trying to trace a man who is hurling death threats at Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Syeda Shehla Raza.

Raza, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), received a threatening letter through a courier service at her office inside the Sindh Assembly building on Tuesday.

The person(s) who has sent the letter written in Urdu has demanded Rs50 million from Raza. In case of failure to pay this amount, he says, Raza should be ready to meet the same fate as former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He said the Sindh Assembly would come under a bomb attack if Raza does not pay this amount.

At least four cell phone numbers written on the letter have been registered in the name of Abdul Basit, a resident of Jhang. Basit says he did not send any threatening letter to Raza. “I have 25 acres of disputed land in Naushero Feroz. Three people, Shahzeb Panhur, Sikander Goraya and Shabbir Khan Jan, are hurling death threats at me. I have submitted a complaint to the Rangers against them,” Basit told the police investigators.

Raza said that Imran Lashari was the name mentioned on the letter, but the cell numbers were registered in the name of Basit who apparently had nothing to do with her. He was cooperating with the investigators. Raza said, “I am not scared of threats. This is not the first time that I am receiving threats. My name is on the hit list of terrorists. I have proper security and a bulletproof vehicle. I have informed Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and top police officials about the letter because it is my duty to do so.”

Police officials said they had started investigations and those involved in this act would be arrested soon.