Journalists and Activists Demand Justice for Nasrullah Gadani in Karachi Protest | Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalists and Activists Demand Justice for Nasrullah Gadani in Karachi Protest

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On July 3, a significant number of journalists, rights activists, and members of civil society marched from the Karachi Press Club to the Chief Minister House, demanding the arrest of the killers of journalist Nasrullah Gadani.

Nasrullah Gadani, who was critically injured in a targeted attack in Mirpur Mathelo in an armed attack on May 21, succumbed to his injuries and passed away on May 24 at a private hospital in Karachi. Gadani, 40, had been associated with the Sindhi language daily Awami Awaz and was known for his critical reporting.

The protest, organized by the Sindh Journalists Council, called on the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to expel a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Khalid Khan Loond, the prime suspect, from the party and remove him from the National Assembly.

Family members of the slain journalist, including his mother Pathani Gadani and two brothers, participated in the march and staged a token sit-in outside CM House. The protesters, chanting slogans and carrying placards, took out the rally from the press club to CM House, passing through Club Road, Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road, and M.R. Kayani Road.

Ghazi Jhandir of the Sindh Journalists Council announced that the protest was called off for 24 hours following assurances from the Sindh government. Sindh Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani met the protesters at CM House and promised to take up the matter with higher authorities and the PPP leadership.

“We have made it clear that if the Sindh government fails to meet our two crucial demands — the arrest of the suspects and the expulsion of MNA Loond from the party — the council will resume its protest after 24 hours,” Jhandir stated.

On June 28, the Sindh High Court (SHC) granted protective bail to Ahmad Loond and his two sons in the murder case of Gadani. The bail was set against a surety bond of Rs50,000 each for ten days. The double bench, headed by Justice Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan, issued the order, directing the trio to surrender to the trial court within the stipulated period.

Earlier, Nasrullah Gadani’s mother, Pathani Gadani, and two other relatives recorded their statements under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, asserting that the MNA and his sons orchestrated the journalist’s death. According to them, despite substantial evidence, the local police hesitated to include the accused’s names in the First Information Report (FIR) due to their influential status.

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