Journalist Aziz Memon, from Mehrabpur, Naushero Feroze Sindh is reportedly dead, who last year, reported on the rented demonstrators hired for Bilawal Bhutto’s train march. He was found dead in a canal on Sunday. Police suspect it to be murder by strangulation as a wire was found wrapped around his neck.
Aziz Memon was associated with KTN in Interior Sindh and had reported that PPP rented hundreds of poor people from nearby villages to welcome Bilawal Bhutto during his long march on the train from Karachi to Larkana last year. These rented people were hired to arrange a sham grand welcome for Bilawal Bhutto on the railway station, crafting the optics of PPP’s wide following across Sindh.
Aziz memon a Sindhi Journalist has been killed today,he narrated his ordeal in this video and even came to Islamabad to apprise about death threats from PPP,I request CJ SC to take notice and fed agency shld investigate the case as he accused ruling party of Sindh before murder https://t.co/gFu9nbVbzj
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 17, 2020
In his story, he added that MNA PPP Syed Abrar Ali Shah and Town Municipal Committee Halani had hired people initially to welcome Bilawal Bhutto for Rs.2000 each but they ended giving up Rs.200 to people after which the rented demonstrators protested and he reported the incident.
The brutal murder of sr. Journalist, Aziz Memon of KTN and daily Kawish should not go unnoticed. Beside police the pfuj, kuj groups shpuld form joint investigation team and probe the matter on its own as well.KTN management should announce compensation for deceased family.
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) February 17, 2020
A few days ago, his video informing the authorities about threats to life emerged on social media. Unfortunately, no timely action was taken by the authorities and police to save Aziz Memon’s life.
In his video, he alleged that local PPP leadership and SSP Naushero Feroze are threatening him and his family ever since he reported the story. He said his children are harassed by these people. He pleaded for shelter probably in Islamabad to save his life.
He said he does not have any party affiliations, nor with PTI or PPP, and he is a neutral journalist that he declared in his oath as well. He also requested Bilawal Bhutto to save his life. In a message to PPP’s chairperson, he said that Bilawal Bhutto is a rational man, who must understand that like any other journalist he just reported the incident and that that was not a fabricated story because the complainants were also shown.
PTI’s Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry has demanded Chief Justice of the Supreme Court take immediate action on the alleged murder of the journalist Aziz Memon.
The tragic and horrifying death of journalist #AzizMemon is a stark reminder of the dangers journalists encounter in the line of duty. Governments must do more to ensure their safety & security. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family. https://t.co/nqFRH86Zax
— Nafisa Shah (@ShahNafisa) February 17, 2020
In a video message Aziz Memon had said he had been harassed by local PPP leaders and the SSP Naushero Feroze. Unless there is a swift and impartial investigation, this will be a black mark on the democratic credentials of the @MediaCellPPP @murtazawahab1 @BBhuttoZardari https://t.co/mW0lIvQ2mI
— Amber Rahim Shamsi (@AmberRShamsi) February 17, 2020
While Aziz Memon had alleged the local PPP’s leadership for his murder, MNA PPP Nafisa Shah condemned the murder but demanded the government to take exceptional measures to protect journalists from such tragic incidents.
The incident has alarmed international organizations as well, Community to Protect Journalists, Asia desk, has called on a thorough investigation into the matter.
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) February 17, 2020
Meanwhile, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto has strongly condemned Aziz Memon’s murder and ordered that those involved in Memon’s murder should be arrested immediately and the administration should pursue the case impartially and without granting favors to anyone. He also expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.