Allegations fly as doctors stay mum on autopsy results

Published: April 8, 2012

The leader of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) often stirred up crowds with his speeches invoking independence for Sindh. PHOTO: EXPRESS

SUKKUR: 

The leader of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) often stirred up crowds with his speeches invoking independence for Sindh, and in his death, he has riled up his family and party leaders.

While the cause of Qureshi’s death had not been determined by the time of his burial, the events leading up to it have had the party crying foul.

Qureshi, 53, had left his hometown Ratodero on Friday for an event in Khairpur Mirs. He stopped in Sakrand and had dinner with JSQM leaders. After dinner, Qureshi complained of chest pains and was taken to a local hospital by his driver and nephew. Attempts to save his life were not successful and party leaders could not fathom that this was a heart attack.

Qureshi’s body was moved to the Chandka Hospital in Larkana. A panel of doctors, comprising police surgeon Dr Safiullah Abbasi, assistant police surgeon Dr Abdul Qayoom Rajper, forensic expert and assistant professor Dr Kamal Kumar and medico legal officer Dr Raheem Bux, conducted the post-mortem. While the report is expected to be released within a week, JSQM leaders and Qureshi’s family members have demanded that the formalities be conducted by international experts, as they allege that Qureshi was poisoned slowly. Doctors were reluctant to share details of the autopsy because of the high-profile nature of the case, while samples were sent from Rohri to Karachi for further testing.

Party workers were divided over his burial and whether it should take place in Karachi, near the grave of GM Syed in Sann or in the family graveyard of Ratodero. Arrangements for the Ratodero burial had been made when Qureshi’s wife revealed that he had wished to be buried in an open space. A local landlord then offered two acres for his grave.

Sindh closes up shop   

The death led to a shutdown of business, legal and educational activities throughout Sindh, including in Jacobabad, Kashmore, Kandhkot, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Mirpur Mathelo, and Daharki. Several young JSQM supporters attempted self-immolation in Jamshoro, Kotri and Qasimabad after hearing of Qureshi’s demise.

The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Larkana cancelled the scheduled English-I exam in Larkana, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad and Qamber Shahdadkot. Sindhi and Urdu exams were also cancelled by the Sukkur board.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • A. Khan
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:48AM

    And another conspiracy theory. Why cannot everyone accept the fact that he died a natural death i.e. heart failure ? I don’t know him or of him but he doesn’t exactly look like he is in prime of his life. We all have to go one day. And his time time was up so why is everyone trying to challenge Allah’s will ?

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  • Sindhvoice
    Apr 8, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Bashir Qureshi was liberal, secular, Sufi and brave son of Sindh. Whole Sindh nation is proud of him and his death is great loss. Whole life, he fought for Sindh’s rights, his struggle and commitement for Sindh’s rights will always be remembered. He will live in the hearts of Sindhi people forever.

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  • Siddh
    Apr 8, 2012 - 3:47PM

    Son of the Soil, May he rest in peace, Amen

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  • Mehran
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @A. Khan:
    Was hanging of ZAB was a conspiracy? Was BB not killed in Pindi and all proofs were washed out the same day? Was Nazir Abbasi was not killed by agencies? Stop killing beloved leaders of Sindh. People of Sindh are now tired of taking dead bodies of their beloved ones.ENough!

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  • moeed
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:29PM

    how can he demand for separate sindh when it is the government of sindhis sitting in Islamabad

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  • ather
    Apr 8, 2012 - 7:07PM

    these nationalists have nothing to do but blame pakistan for everything. i bet if anything happen to pakistan’s unity, all the communities will face grave consequence as civil war will break out.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 8, 2012 - 8:57PM

    @Sindhvoice , he was anti Paksitan and just a few weeks back took out a rally against Paksitan’s intergrity .Son of the soil ?

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  • Apr 8, 2012 - 9:29PM

    @Salman Orangiwala:
    well enough of fooling in the name of islam and pakistan,every nation has right of self determination,as you people claim for kashmir,same right why not for pakistanis!

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  • Mehran
    Apr 8, 2012 - 10:52PM

    @A. Khan:
    You were saying that it’s nothing but a conspiracy story. Pls read latest news and watch TV please. Now it’s being said that as per post mortem report. Bashir Qureshi was poisoned to death. One more leader of Sindh is killed through conspiracy. Ealier, Shahnaz Bhutto (bro of BB Shaheed) was also poisoned in South France. Remember, By killing Akbar Bughti, whole Baluchistan was put on fire, now same heinous game plan seems in rolling against sons of Sindh.

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 8, 2012 - 11:51PM

    @ali jan tunio:
    What nation. You guys are in minority. Democracy is the best solution. If u want sindh to prosper then vote for the right people. Sindhis are in government. If everyone is given right to self determination, every caste etc will start asking for independence. So u will have ten pieces of Pakistan – all weak with no one caring in the world. U won’t have a voice.

    If he was poisoned then this is very sad and people who did this should be punished and brought to book. Peace!!

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  • Irfan parabi
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:05AM

    May his soul be in peace. Remember never say anything against dead one as prohibited by Prophet (S.A.W)Recommend

  • Basit
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:30AM

    @ali jan tunio:
    If you get right to self determination, so do mohajirs. Be ready for that.

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:31AM

    Poisoning is Haram. Qureshi is a great leader and he had clear vision for Sindh.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:24PM

    @Ali Jan Tunio ,i didnot get yur point bro ? What do you mean ? You too want an independent Sindh like Mr.Mehran and others ? It is Pakistan which helped you to thrive and survive .Just imagine , if there wasnt any Pakistan , you would have been still……………..

    Atleast have some gratitude .

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  • Mehran
    Apr 9, 2012 - 7:07PM

    @Salman Orangiwala:
    Sindh is neither occupied colony nor it was forced to be part of Pakistan’s federation. On 3rd March 1943, Saeen G.M Syed ( Founder of JSQM) then Muslim league leader moved resolution in favor of Pakistan as per 23rd March 1940 resolution. Our ancestors gave sacrifices for Pakistan and Sindh Assembly was first assembly which passed resolution in favor of Pakistan. We own Pakistan as it’s product of our ancestor’s struggle. In the name of patriotism, we welcomed millions of Muslims to come and thrive in Sindh. They should integrate in this land of peace instead of planning conspiracies against very land and people which gave them every thing. Importantly, if Establishment will not respect the Pakistan resolution and doesn’t give sovereign and autonomy to provinces as promised to them in resolution, we have complete right to raise our concerns through peaceful democratic manners, we are not like those who use violence and militancy to blackmail state in Karachi matters.

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