Senior Sindhi nationalist leader shot dead

Shafi Karnani

THATTA – Jiye Sindh Tehreek Chairman Shafi Karnani was shot dead by unknown target killers here on Wednesday (6 March 2016), reported BBC.

On his way back home, Karnani was approached by two target killers who opened fire near the area of Makli bypass. Shafi got critically injured and was shifted to Civil Hospital Thatta where he succumbed to injuries. The assailants however managed to flee from the scene.

According to doctors, Karnani was hit by seven bullets.

Shafi Karnani killed

Police have started investigation and erected checkposts in different areas to net the perpetrators.

Talking to BBC, Karnani’s brother Haji Anwar Karnani said that the deceased was heading towards home after leaving his children at a tuition centre. He said that his family had land differences with two groups but the issue was settled some years before.

However, Karnani had received threats due to his political activities.

Karnani was one of the founding members of the Jiye Sindh Tehreek that came into existence in 1989.

Although the nationalist movement has been active since early 1970s, when veteran politician GM Syed formed the Jeay Sindh Movement, this movement became violent in 2000s after GM Syed’s follower, Shafi Burfat, formed a separate group, Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), which believes in armed struggle.

Some of the Jeay Sindh leaders left the party while GM Syed was alive. But after his death, the party split into many factions — using the same flag, anthem and slogans and GM Syed their leader. Some of its factions were Jeay Sindh Tahreek (Shafi Karnani Group) and Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (led by Shafi Muhammad Burfat).

Published in The Nation newspaper on 07-Apr-2016

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