Aziz Memon

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

The case is under trail in Model Court Nawsheroferoz however four accused are arrested and two left to be arrest.

Summary of Case

"On Feb 16, 2020 Aziz Memon, 55, reporter of leading Sindhi language newspaper and television channel daily “Kawish” and KTN News channel for 25 years, was found dead in the town of Mehrabpur in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. Memon’s body, who worked for was found floating in Godhu minor. Former Station House Officer (SHO) Azeem Rajpar, the local police officer initially said that a TV cable wire was seen tied around his neck, but he wasn’t strangulated. The SHO added that cameraman named Awais Qureshi, who was with Memon before his murder, and two other men are being interrogated. “We are waiting for postmortem report for further investigation,” he added. The journalists had released a video message on social media claiming that he was receiving death threats for his story that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had paid crowds who had gathered to greet PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s during his “train march” in March 2019. The deceased had named some officials of the Sindh government who threatened him of dire consequences because of his reporting. KTN Director News Mustafa Jarwar s told PPF on Apr 23,2020 that Memon worked with KTN had published/broadcast several investigative reports and he received threats for his reporting. He demanded immediate registration of criminal complaint or First Information Report (FIR) so that proper investigations are started to arrest the culprits. Memon’s brother Hafeez Memon confirmed that his brother had received death threats for his reporting. The Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) and The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) strongly condemned the murder of Memon. AEMEND President Azhar Abbas and Secretary General Ammad Yousuf said the media community is shocked at this blatant act of violence and expresses profound concern over the continued attacks and killing of journalists while (PFUJ) demanded a judicial inquiry by a judge of Sindh High Court and called for immediate arrest of the killers. Initially Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari stated that Memon had informed the authorities about threats to his life, but timely action was not taken to protect him. She added that a committee should be formed to probe the murder so that those involved in the killing could be brought to justice further Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that the Sindh chief minister has directed police officials concerned to register FIR at the earliest. Aziz Ur Rehamn Memon who is also a Complainant in FIR and a brother of Aziz Memon told PPF on Apr 21, 2020 that “On morning 25 Feb 2019 Aziz Memon went out for reporting with his private Camera man Awais Qureshi at 12 noon and at evening 4 I received a call from my friend who stated that police told him that they found a body from Godhu minor they are saying He is Aziz Memon please come and check so we went there and that was Aziz Memon. The joint investigation team (JIT) formed in February 2020 to look into the mysterious death of senior journalist Abdul Aziz Memon. JIT chief Additional Inspector General (AIG) Ghulam Nabi Memon, along with other members — Shaheed Benazirabad DIG Mazhar Nawaz Shaikh and SSP Tanveer Hussain Tunio — and deceased journalist’s brother Abdul Hafeez Memon told a press conference that it was a blind case but the team succeeded in collecting “strong technical and circumstantial evidence” with the help of modern technology and advance investigation methods. Three suspects — Nazeer Sehto, Ameer Sehto and Farhan Sehto — who were earlier arrested in the case were produced in a court in Kandiaro town on Friday (today) and one of them, Nazeer Sehto, gave his confessional statement before the judge, according to AIG Memon. The prime suspect, Mushtaq Sehto, and four other alleged accomplices were still at large, said the police officer, explaining that Mushtaq was believed to be the mastermind of the murder. On Apr 16, 21, Head Mohrar of Mehrabpur Police Station Mr. Naeem Abbasi told PPF that four suspects were arrested named as Nazeer Sehto, Ameer Sehto and Farhan Sehto and cameraman Awais Qureshi and presented in Model Court Nawsheroferoz. The case is under trail however the police is still looking for two accused named as Mushtaq Sehto and Absad Sheto. "

Category of Incident

Murder

ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0101-Intentional homicide

ICCS Group: N/A

ICCS Class: N/A

ICCS Crime: Intentional Homicide.

Reported By

Dawn, The News

Date of incident

16

Month

February

Year

2020

Name of affected person

Aziz Memon

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

KTN TV

Other affected organizations

Daily Kawish

Action by

Unidentified Persons

City

Mehrabpur

Province

Sindh

Designation

Reporter

Professional category

Journalist

Age of victim

55 Years

Marital Status

Married

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation Announced

Date of compensation announcement by government: N/A

Date of compensation paid by government: N/A

Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation Announced

Date of compensation announced by others: N/A

Date compensation paid by others: N/A

FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: Yes

Date of FIR:

FIR Details: FIR # 22/20

Police station of FIR: Mehrabpur Police Station

Name of complainant: Hafeez Memon

Name of accused in FIR: Unknown

Court Details

Was case investigated ?: Under investigation

Court where case was presented: Model court Nawsheroferoz

Name of prosecuting lawyer: Nisar Ahmed Bhandhro

Date of first court hearing:

Date of last court hearing:

Status of court case: The case is still under trial

Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFJU) condemned the journalist’s murder. PFUJ Vice President Lala Asad Pathan said that Memon did receive life threats for his news reports he published against a political party. The case is being investigated thoroughly, he said.

APNS

All Pakistan Newspapers Association Society (APNS) Secretary General Sarmed Ali expressed profound concern over continuous attacks and killings of journalists.

CPNE

Not required to contact

PBA

N/A

Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

"KTN Chief Reporter Qadir Lashari said that undoubtedly it is a media attack. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFJU) condemned the journalist’s murder. "

Employer organization

KTN Director News Mustafa said that Memon worked with KTN for over 25 years. “He published several investigative reports and last year he received threats from Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP). Therefore, FIR must be registered as soon as possible so that a proper investigation is started to arrest the culprits.”

Press Club Status

Press club 1: Nosehro Feroz Press Club President Muhammad Younus said that journalist attacks are increasing in the country, therefore, there is a need to work for their safety.

Press club 2: Sukkur Press Club President's Nasarullah Waseer condemned the act of Murder of Journalist and stated that journalist attacks are increasing in the country, Government should take a strict action against Memon's murderer.

Press club 3: N/A