In a shocking turn of events, the widow of journalist Nazim Jokhio has pardons the accused named in her husband’s murder, saying that she has left the decision at the mercy of Almighty Allah and for the sake of her children’s safety.
On November 3 last year, Nazim’s tortured body was found in PPP MPA Jam Awais’ farmhouse in Karachi’s Malir area a day after he filmed a group of foreigners hunting endangered houbara bustard in his Achar Salaar village in Thatta.
According to Afzal Jokhio, brother of the deceased, Nazim made a video of a road, that was blocked by foreigners who had come for hunting houbara bustards. “Nazim got into a verbal spat with a man in the car who snatched his cellphone. Nazim then made another video that went viral on social media.”
Afzal, who is a former councilor, alleged an MPA and MNA of the ruling party were involved in the murder of his brother. He told the media that his brother had made a video of hunting by the foreign guests of the lawmakers and broadcast it live on social media.
He alleged that Sindh Assembly member Jam Awais and his personal secretary were involved in the murder. Subsequently, several people, including Awais, were named in the FIR.
Victim’s widow pardons the accused
The victim’s widow Shireen Jokhio has pardoned the accused named in her husband’s murder. Shireen, in a video statement, said that she could not pursue the case alone.
In addition to pardoning the accused, she said that she had left the decision at the mercy of Almighty Allah and for the sake of her children’s safety. The victim’s wife also said that she was grateful to those who supported her and she wanted to tell everyone via the video that she can no longer fight the case.
“Only my brothers and sisters who have children can understand the pain I’m going through right now. I have not received any offer for a deal… I’m not doing this for money, I’m not selfish. I’m an honest woman,” she said and added that she wanted to fight the case but her relatives left her alone.
Shireen said that she had left matters to Allah’s will but also remarked that “justice can’t be served in Pakistan.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government in January had said that it would fight the case if the family agreed to a “compromise” with the suspect.
“If Nazim Jokhio’s family compromises, the state will take up the case and fight it… The case of Qandil Baloch is before us all,” Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari had said. The minister further stated that the federal government had directed police to provide protection to Nazim’s family.
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