–Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Husain says Aziz Memon’s murder had a background that must be investigated
ISLAMABAD: The treasury benches on Monday demanded the formation of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) or the constitution of a parliamentary committee to investigate the murder of journalist Aziz Memon from Sindh.
Memon, a journalist working with Kawish Television Network (KTN), was found dead on Sunday. He is believed to have been strangulated to death following which his body was thrown in a canal.
Memon had reported that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) bribed hundreds of poor people from nearby villages to welcome Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari during his long march on a train from Karachi to Larkana last year. He had also named Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Member of National Assembly (MNA) Syed Abrar Ali Shah and Town Municipal Committee Halani as the ones who had hired the poor people for Rs2000 each but actually paid them a mere Rs200 after which the rented demonstrators protested, adding that it was the protests that caught his attention.
It may be mentioned here that the slain journalist had released a video speaking about threats to his life and pleaded for shelter, alleging that the local PPP leadership and Naushero Feroze senior superintendent of police (SSP) had been threatening him and his family, including children, ever since he reported the story.
Memon further clarified that he did not have any party affiliations and was simply a neutral journalist doing his job, emphasising that the story was not fabricated as a large number of complainants were shown.
LAWMAKERS DEMAND PROBE:
Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly (NA), Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Fehmida Mirza strongly condemned the murder of the journalist and said the matter should not be politicized.
The minister said the slain journalist informed the authorities concerned several times about threats to his life but unfortunately they did not pay heed to the complaints.
Fehmida Mirza said the provincial government completely failed to protect a sitting minister, member of the provincial assembly, journalist and common people of the province.
She demanded the government to constitute a JIT or a committee of the parliament to investigate the matter in a fair and transparent manner for the provision of justice to the bereaved family.
While endorsing the other members from the treasury benches, Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhary Fawad Husain said the murder had a background that must be investigated.
He said the House should stand with the journalist community to show solidarity with them in the need of the hour.
Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari after meeting with the journalists informed the House that the journalists had demanded the constitution of a JIT to investigate the murder and present its report in the Parliament within two weeks.
PPP senior leader Raja Pervez Ashraf condemned the murder of Aziz Memon and said the Inspector General of Police Sindh was not ready to obey the orders of the Sindh government.
He said the Sindh Police senior officials were responsible for the murder of Aziz Memon as they failed to provide him the security despite several requests to the IGP and the superintendent of police.
Ashraf claimed that the constitution of a parliamentary committee was against the provincial autonomy.
Giving ruling on the murder of the journalist, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the parliamentary committee would be formed after the consultation of the Ministry of Law and Justice and attorney general of Pakistan.
CPNE CONDEMNS JOURNALIST’S MURDER:
Meanwhile, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) also condemned the journalist’s murder and called for an inquiry into the incident.