Staunch PPP supporter: Worker ends life over unsolved BB murder

Published: December 27, 2011
Jiyala found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room. DESIGN: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

Jiyala found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room. DESIGN: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

BAHAWALPUR: Perturbed over delay in dispensing justice in Benazir Bhutto’s murder case, a Pakistan Peoples Party worker committed suicide on the former prime minister’s fourth death anniversary.

Riaz, 60, was a resident of Gilani Colony of Uch Sharif, a sub-district of Bahawalpur, and had been a member of the PPP since the party was formed by Benazir’s father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

“He had been weeping in frustration for the past two days and refused to open his shop,” Riaz’s brother Sajjad said. “In the morning, his door was found locked from inside.”

Eventually, family members broke the door down and found him hanging from the ceiling fan in his room.

Riaz, known to be a staunch PPP supporter, had decorated his room with pictures and posters of the Bhutto family, particularly Benazir. According to his friends, Riaz had declared Benazir as his spiritual mother and blamed the government for not doing anything to arrest her assassins.

“Since Benazir’s death, he went to the mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bux every year,” said Ameer Baksh, a resident of the area.

When Benazir died, said another friend, Riaz refused to talk to anybody for 10 to 15 days and remained in his room, mourning her assassination.

“He used to say that, to pay tribute to Benazir, he will do something that will make everyone remember him forever,” Javed, Riaz’s other brother, told The Express Tribune.

Riaz’s body has been sent to a rural health centre in Uch Sharif for an autopsy. ASI Rana Khalid Mehmood confirmed that the man had killed himself and there was no evidence suggesting otherwise.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Khurram Mansoor
    Dec 27, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Education Education, please some one do with educating the masses.

    First illetracy then frustration

    another tradegy stroke today.


  • Saboor
    Dec 27, 2011 - 6:53PM

    @Khurram,…. totally agree with you brother


  • Malik
    Dec 27, 2011 - 7:07PM

    This is a tragic event. no doubt, but did anyone find the Suicide note? did he tell someone about his intention? I see no mention in the article.


  • edd
    Dec 27, 2011 - 7:08PM

    My Lord, can,t imagine why he took this step.. committed suicide because of a corrupt politician. Surely God doesn’t like such act.


  • Ahmed Raza
    Dec 27, 2011 - 7:29PM

    agreed. What a lost cause, sacrificing their lives for someone like her, who, lets face it, was a typical pakistani politician, albeit a parha likha one.Recommend

  • Ayaz Munir
    Dec 27, 2011 - 8:21PM

    So sad, it wont work for the govt., already everyday many are suiciding, late Riaz will just become a part of this list thats it.

    There is something more sad, if one Benazirs killer is not found a person commits suicide in protest, when will the Pakistanis protest when our country is dying everyday.


  • sick of this nonsense
    Dec 27, 2011 - 8:31PM

    taking ones life for some one who isnt alive albeit a great great lady is a lost cause. May the departed soul rest in peace.


  • Sindhvoice
    Dec 27, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Very sad indeed for all well wishers of PPP to learn this news.PPP haters cant understand how committed are Jiyals.No party has such force of committed workers.
    Jiaylas are spiritually committed to PPP and Shaheed Bhutto. No iron handed authority ever succeeded to keep them away from BB Shhaeed and PPP. These Jialyas are great asset of PPP. They are force of dedicated and selfless workers who are always ready to sacrifice for the sake of party and democracy. One Jiyala sacrificed his life to send message to Leaders of PPP about discontent the rank and file of PPP has on the poor performance on BB Shaheed ‘s case.Wake up call for PPP leadership!


  • Muhammad
    Dec 27, 2011 - 8:58PM

    Height of illiteracy and frustration. This is where education plays a part. He might not have thought about his parents and dependents, and must have not thought about what this leader gave to the nation and himself. Though its sad . May his soul rests in peace.Recommend

  • Mohsin
    Dec 27, 2011 - 9:24PM

    These need to be educated and given jobs. They need to stop all this idol worshipping that has been going on for decades in Pakistan and especially Sindh. These masses are nothing but brain washed voting instruments and kept in their sorry state for that reason. Recommend

  • Mir
    Dec 28, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Shouldnt her son be doing that instead? Like finding the killers I mean .. well the other thing wouldnt be all that bad either.


  • goggi
    Dec 28, 2011 - 1:11AM

    @Khurram Mansoor:
    Are the biggest illiterates not the educated in power who cruelly skin off the simple humans as the butcher a slaughtered goat?Recommend

  • Hussain Syed
    Dec 28, 2011 - 3:27AM

    @goggi: Quit alienating yourself from the politicians. Our politicians aren’t evil, just innately incompetent. And our people aren’t evil either, just ridiculously illiterate for re-electing known failures.


  • amir jafri
    Dec 28, 2011 - 5:19AM

    Problem is NOT education per se..It is the Ba Ba Blacksheep “education” which is wreaking havoc..DELETE the ELITE..and the smart and “illiterate” avaam should rule…

    No One in the world takes pride in NOT knowing their own language.


  • ali
    Dec 28, 2011 - 5:59AM

    Until there is at least 80-90 literacy in Pakistan, our problems will not go away. a sad story.


  • Salman
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:00AM

    Yawn…. Sorry can’t feel sorry for idiots supporting PPP. They end up with what is expected


  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:58AM

    @Amin Jafri: you are right about education. we need to get educated morally as well as academically. plus academic education’s purpose should be pure knowledge. these leaders who these idiots cry for did nothing and still the idiots support them. these people did not do anything for their own village too. all they did was fill up their accounts and emotionally blackmail the illiterate mob.
    Some words of wisdom by Jinnah:
    “Education does not merely mean academic education, and even that appears to be of a very poor type. What we have to do is to mobilize our people and build up the character of our future generations. There is immediate and urgent need for training our people in the scientific and technical education in order to build up future economic life, and we should see that our people undertake scientific commerce, trade and particularly, well-planned industries. But do not forget that we have to compete with the world, which is moving very fast in this direction. Also I must emphasize that greater attention should be paid to technical and vocational education.”

    Makes me laugh at people supporting Bhutto. Really did she do anything to cry for? I think we should be realistic in judging people. Judge by actions, not by words and their actions of self interest. Let her rest in peace and save Pakistan so we would not say Rest in Peace with it


  • anon
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:06AM

    what a sentimental fool he was………….


  • MarkH
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:30AM

    It may sound cold but, I can’t imagine that man was right in the head.


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