KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Planning and Development Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, along with his wife, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence in Karachi’s upscale Defence area. According to our correspondent, the domestic servants and family members broke down the bedroom door, which was apparently locked from inside.
The minister and his wife were shot in head, said the servants. But Polices said based on the circumstantial evidences it appears that the couple committed suicide. Bijarani’s wife Fariha Razzaq was a journalist and had also served as MPA in the past on a reserved seat.
As the news of Bijarani’s death broke, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership reached his residence, including Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, and Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza. Bijarani was born on 1 July, 1946 in the Karampur, district Kashmore. He completed his Bachelors from National College Karachi, and LLB from Sindh Muslim Law College and Masters in Political Science.
He was elected in 2013 from PS-16 Jacobabad on PPP ticket. The veteran politician had served as MPA, MNA and Senator and was affiliated with the PPP since 70s. Bijrani was an influential tribal figure in north Sindh.
He was elected to the provincial assembly first in 1974 on PPP ticket. He was also elected in 1977 and 2013, besides serving as the party president Sindh chapter from 1986 to 1990. He became member of National Assembly for the first time in 1990.
He also held the portfolio of Sindh’s Education Minister. The couple’s bodies were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for a post-mortem examination. Sources within the police said that a caller on the Rescue 15 helpline told them that two bodies have been found at the Bijarani house.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has asked for a police report on the deaths to be shared with him. Several members of the PPP, Fariha Razzaq was elected a member of the Sindh Assembly in 2002 and held the position till 2007. Her mother Nishat Afza was a member of the Punjab Assembly during the same time, both women contested the elections on the PPP tickets.