Senate body demands arrest of prime suspect in social worker’s murder

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary committee on Thursday directed top officials of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) administration to nab the mastermind of the Mohammadzada Agarwal murder case and conduct a judicial inquiry and pay compensation to the victim’s family.

The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights discussed the issue of the targeted killing of social activists Muhammadzada Aggarwal and Sheeba Gul as a matter of public importance.

Three suspects have been arrested in the Mohammadzada Agrawal murder case while the mastermind of the case was at large, possibly being sheltered in Punjab, police investigators informed the members.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed said Mohammadzada Agarwal, who was 30, was murdered on November 8 in Malakand to expose drug dealers.

KP government asked to conduct judicial inquiry into the murders of Agarwal, Sheeba Gul

The victim’s family and the people of the area blocked the main Malakand road the next day, which was removed after the provincial government reached an agreement with the victim’s family.

Police told the members that Sheeba Gul and her father’s killer were arrested on the same day.

“The provincial government has failed to honor the agreement to conduct a judicial inquiry, pay compensation to the family of Mohammadzada Agarwal, apply terror laws in her murder, and clean up the drug syndicate in the province. The prime suspect in the case is yet to be arrested,” Senator Mushtaq Ahmed told the committee.

Senator Fida Mohamed pointed out that Malakand was the only division in the KP where Lewis performs security duties. However, the committee directed a provincial government official to expedite Levi’s transition to the police.

In his reply, Commissioner Malakand, Zahirul Islam assured the committee that the mastermind would be arrested soon with the support of all law enforcing bodies.

“Action is being taken against drug dealers and over 60 drug dealers have been arrested by undercover teams. The ID card of the mastermind has been blocked and his name has been entered in the Exit Control List (ECL),” said Zahirul Islam, adding that we have already requested the provincial government to pay compensation to the victim’s family.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Walid Iqbal, recommended the immediate arrest of the main accused, Mohammadzada Agarwal. The committee also suggested the award of Medal of Courage to the late Mohammadzada Agrawal.

The murder of Nazim Jokhio was also reviewed in detail in the meeting.

Senator Saifullah Abro alleged that the Sindh Police Department resisted registering the FIR unless he was pressurised.

“The police have not registered an FIR in 65 murder cases in the last nine months,” he said, adding that Nazim Jokhio was murdered by an MNA and his MPA brother, who have been arrested.

In his reply, IG Sindh Mushtaq Ahmed Meher told the committee that the five men who had allegedly fled from the court premises on Thursday morning in the preliminary inquiry into the Nazim Jokhio murder case had nothing to do with the case.

“The incident was misrepresented in the media,” he said. IG Sindh further said that a squad and security have been provided to the wife of Nazim Jokhio.

The chairman of the committee sought a report from the Ministry of Human Rights regarding the law and order situation in Sindh and especially in Larkana district.

Published in Dawn, January 14, 2022