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'Pakistan minister committed suicide after killing wife'
February 03, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Karachi police on Friday said that based on initial investigation, the cause of death of Sindh minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife Fariha Razzad appears to be suicide.

The senior politician first killed his wife, a long-time media professional, and then used the same weapon to commit suicide, said a press statement issued by Azad Khan, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, South Zone, Karachi.

On the basis of the available crime scene/circumstantial evidence and initial post-mortem report, it appears that Bijarani killed his wife and then committed suicide with the same weapon, it said adding all the empty bullet casings found at the crime scene were fired from the same weapon.

The statement said police received a call at 2:30pm on Thursday informing them that the bodies of Bijarani and his wife had been found on the first floor of their house.

Police officials had then rushed to the crime scene, where they found Razzaq’s body lying on the floor near the entrance to the study, located adjacent to the bedroom, the statement said. Bijarani’s body was found on a couch in the same room.

Regarding the police’s initial investigation, the statement said the crime scene was secured and properly photographed. Forensic, fingerprint and investigation teams were called. DVR of CCTV cameras installed at the house has been seized.

Relevant evidence— blood samples, bullet empties, fingerprints — was also collected from the scene, it said.

Six individuals interviewed by the police — including two police guards and four domestic servants — revealed that an altercation was ongoing between Bijarani and his wife over the past few days, police said. The house was locked from the inside and the door was forcibly opened by Bijarani’s son and servants.

Police said the couple died of gunshots. Bijarani received one bullet in his head while Razzaq sustained two bullets in her abdomen and one in the head.

The DIG said the shots were fired from a 30 caliber pistol and four bullet casings and two rounds were recovered from the scene.

Funeral prayers for the minister and his wife were held shortly after Friday prayers. While Razzaq’s funeral was held in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority area, prayers for Bijarani were offered in Kashmore.

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