HYDERABABD: The body of journalist Aziz Memon was exhumed on Sunday after the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the murder found the post-mortem report 'unsatisfactory.' Memon was allegedly killed in Naushero Feroze district on February 16.
The judicial magistrate, members of the medical team who performed the renewed postmortem, members of the JIT and others were present at the exhumation.
Memon's family and local journalists have claimed that he was killed, after the 56-year-old reporter's body was found floating in a waterway with a cable tied around the neck.
However, while Hyderabad AIG Dr Waliullah Dal, briefing the National Assembly's standing committee on interior on March 4, had claimed that he died a natural death. Other police officials made the same claim.
A three-member medical panel led by the medical superintendent of the Peoples Medical University Hospital in Nawabshah conducted the postmortem, while a health official stated that DNA samples and specimens have also been taken to examine the cause of the death.
In March, 2019, Memon had expressed fears that his life was under threat by the local leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the police. He approached the journalists in Islamabad and sought their help for his protection, even making a video statement in this regard.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2020.