Siyal requests slain singer's family not to reach agreement with killers

Home minister offers condolences to Samina Sindhu's husband in Larkana


Our Correspondent April 16, 2018
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal. PHOTO: APP

HYDERABAD: Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal has assured that those responsible for singer Samina Sindhu's killing will be lawfully punished. Offering condolences to Sindhu's husband Aashid Samo in Larkana on Sunday, the minister requested the family not to reach any agreement with the killer.

Talking to the media, Siyal said the suspected killer, Tariq Ahmed Jatoi, was arrested within two hours of the incident on April 10 when the singer was shot while performing during a circumcision ceremony. According to the husband, the singer was six months pregnant when she was killed.

The home minister informed the media that Larkana SSP Tanveer Hassan Tunio had shared the shooting's footage with him, which he later shared with the media.

The silencing of Samina Sindhu

"There is no need to settle the murder case through a jirga or compromise. The victim will get justice," he said. "We want to make the case [against the killer] so strong that even if the [victim's] family wants to withdraw, they can not do so."

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has also taken notice of the incident. He has sought a report from Sindh Inspector-General of Police Allah Dino Khowaja over the matter.

The murder sparked protests by artists across Sindh. A large number of rallies and demonstrations were held, demanding justice for Sindhu and stringent laws to bar gun-toting people from entering functions.

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