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Politician, wife found dead at home in Karachi
Traiq Butt / Agencies February 02, 2018
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KARACHI: A senior Pakistani provincial minister, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, and his wife were on Thursday found dead at their house in the port city Karachi, police said.

Bijarani, a veteran leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was the Planning and Development Minister in Sindh province.

Bijarani and his wife Fariha Razzaq, who was a journalist, were found dead in their bedroom, the door to which was locked. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained. He had served both in the federal and provincial governments.

Authorities say it is unclear whether Bijrani and his wife died from murder or suicide.

The Bijarani family confirmed the minister’s death.

Police officials reached the site and started the initial investigation into the case.

A caller on Rescue 15 helpline told them that two bodies have been found at the Bijarani house.

Several leaders of the PPP including Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, reached Bijarani’s house as soon as news of the death broke.

Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza said 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 said it was a “huge loss for the party,” adding he was an educated individual and a very soft spoken person.”

Sindh Minister for Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said this is a sad and terrible day.

“I still cannot believe such a thing has happened. We were together in the assembly just yesterday.”

Another PPP lawmaker Nafeesa Shah described it as a heartbreaking news. “This is a big tragedy for the family and the PPP both. My thoughts and prayers are with their families, constituents and our PPP family.”

Born on July 10, 1946 into a prominent political family, Bijarani completed his Bachelors from National College Karachi, following which he got law degree from Sindh Muslim Law College and Masters in political science.

He had served as a senator as well as an member of the National Assembly and also held the portfolio of Sindh’s Education Minister. He was elected in 2013 from PS-16 Jacobabad.

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