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Was Senator Usman Kakar tortured to death?

Former deputy chairman and PPP Senator Salim Mandviwalla said Kakar’s son and other family members told him at the hospital in Karachi that they want to find out what is the cause of death and whether he has been murdered.

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The autopsy of senator Usman Khan Kakar of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party has been completed upon the demand of his family after legislators in the Senate termed the accident that killed him ‘mysterious and murky’.

According to the autopsy report, no sign of torture or hitting were found on Kakar’s body. The only marks found on the body were of surgery and cannulation during his treatment at the hospital.  The actual cause of death will be declared in a pathology report, for which several samples have already been obtained from the body.

After the completion of the autopsy, Kakar’s body has been handed over to his family to carry out the burial procedures. Kakar’s family said that they will get the pathological samples counter-checked.

Senators demand probe into Kakar’s death

A day ago, several senators from both sides of the divide paid tributes to the late senator and at the end, the House adopted a unanimous resolution expressing profound grief over Kakar’s demise. Former deputy chairman and PPP Senator Salim Mandviwalla said Kakar’s son and other family members told him at the hospital in Karachi that they want to find out what is the cause of death and whether he has been murdered.

The PPP senator continued that the surgeon, who had come from Quetta, told him that the kind of head injury and blood clotting in his head could not be possible by falling down. He said his family members want his postmortem and that he was alone at home at that time of the ‘accident.’.

There was also a demand that a house committee should be formed to carry out an independent inquiry into the matter. Former inspector general of Police Punjab and PML-N Senator Rana Maqbool termed Kakar an ambassador of truth and said the information earlier received about Kakar suggested that he either had brain haemorrhage or a blood clot, but later it emerged he received an injury, which he noted was a question mark. He called for an investigation to ascertain the facts.

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PPP Senator Bahramand Tangi had endorsed the proposal for inquiry and noted that if the family members of Kakar are demanding autopsy, they should get the right. He hoped that the Senate chairman being the custodian of the House will play his role in this connection.

Senator Ataur Rahman of the JUI-F underlined the need for an investigation to bring forth the truth and said Kakar used to challenge the establishment and had received threats. He said it appears that some incident took place. He said attempts had been made in the past as well to suppress the voices of dissent.

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