A professor at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU), Lyari, was brutally murdered in Suleman Shah Village, Badin, over a land dispute.
Dr Syed Ismail Shah was axed to death by his elder stepbrother Syed Hashim Shah. According to the Talhar police, the two brothers and their families were embroiled in a dispute over a piece of agricultural land.
After turning himself in, Hashim said that he was provoked by his brother into committing the murder. “We had settled the dispute with the help of town elders. Today, he slapped me and accused me of trying to occupy his land when I was watching over the digging work on my land.” This, he said, made him retaliate and he struck him.
According to the family, their father married thrice and his children often quarreled over property. An FIR was registered against Hashim and his five sons by Abdul Sattar Shah, Ismail’s brother. Hashim’s sons have yet to be arrested.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2013.
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