Man tries to self-immolate after jirga tells him to wed underage daughters

Published: January 14, 2014
"Instead of hearing my plea and providing me justice, the police have arrested me and have filed a case against me," Sanaullah Banglani, an alleged ‘karo’. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

"Instead of hearing my plea and providing me justice, the police have arrested me and have filed a case against me," Sanaullah Banglani, an alleged ‘karo’. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

SUKKUR: After being ordered by a jirga to marry his two underage daughters to the sons of a policeman, Sanaullah Banglani – an alleged ‘karo’ – tried to set himself on fire in front of Jacobabad Press Club as a final form of protest.

A jirga held on Sunday in Gul Sher Kandrani village under the presidency of influential landlord Jahangir Banglani gave the verdict against Sanaullah. The six-month long karo-kari dispute between police constable Abdul Samad Banglani and Sanaullah started when the policeman allegedly murdered his two wives on the suspicion that they were having an affair with Sanaullah.

Fearing for his life, Sanaullah fled to Balochistan and only returned a few days back. Sources claimed that the police deliberately toned down the case against Abdul Samad so that he could not only escape the consequences for murdering his wives but could also continue to perform his duties as a police constable.

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Sunday’s jirga declared Sanaullah a karo and imposed a fine of Rs1.2 million. It also ordered him to marry his two underage daughters – five-year-old Rubal and 15-year-old Zarnaz – to the two sons of the policeman. However, Sanaullah’s son, Abdul Rasool, who was representing his father, refused to accept the decision.

Subsequently, Jahangir – son of Sardar Akbar Banglani – and his men raided Sanaullah’s house and kidnapped his wife and elder daughter. DIGP Larkana Khadim Rind suspended Garhi Hassan police station SHO Ghulam Farooq Brohi and ordered an inquiry into the matter. Jahangir was later arrested by the police and the two women were rescued.

In order to protest the injustice that he and his family have been put through, Sanaullah tried to set himself on fire in front of the press club but was stopped by the police and citizens. Sanaullah had previously claimed that he was being falsely implicated in the karo-kari dispute and was being framed as revenge for supporting Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani against Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Jahangir during the general elections. He also claimed that he has received threats from certain influential people and that he requires protection.

However, Sanaullah was taken to the police station where a case of attempted suicide was registered against him. “Instead of hearing my plea and providing me justice, the police have arrested me and have filed a case against me,” Sanaullah told The Express Tribune. “DSP Muhammad Zaman Rind is helping the influential people who want to harm me and has submitted a false inquiry report.”

Jacobabad City police station ASI Sikandar Bhutto confirmed that Sanaullah attempted self-immolation and that an FIR has been registered against him. Rind said he had recorded the statements of the people involved in the jirga and also confirmed its verdict. However, he added the police have no evidence on the ‘bartering’ of girls. DSP Abdullah Lakhair echoed Rind’s words.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Moiz Omar
    Jan 15, 2014 - 1:09PM

    This is disgusting. This man needs justice. These jirgas also need to be controlled.


  • Jan 15, 2014 - 5:21PM

    What is this non sense…this man needs justice.. Shame on these so called elders or jirga…it needs to be stopped…


  • Stranger
    Jan 15, 2014 - 6:28PM

    If you want to get separated – divorce is a non messy and easier way out . Who asked this man to go killing his wives F G S . He himself is responsible for what is happening to him now.


  • Salman Zafar
    Jan 15, 2014 - 6:49PM

    I think we as a nation deserve this…
    We keep electing these people again and again and again while we know that they won’t do a thing to change the system.


  • Ashkenazi
    Jan 15, 2014 - 8:17PM

    Amazing achievement by PPP in it’s heartland.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jan 15, 2014 - 10:00PM

    How can this be? In Sindh? The province of the liberal, progressive, enlightened and totally secular government that believes in rule of law?
    You’re making this up arent you, Express Tribune?Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:30AM

    Sham democracy… Elected Dictatorship… Fuedel Elite… Martial Law… Sharia Law…. Jirgas.. Tribal… experimented with all systems which lacks human rights. No wonder the rest of the world makes mockery of us and give us pitiful human rights ratings. Our social fabric is messed up.


  • Hani Abidi
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:28AM

    I haven’t seen in the article how it was proved that Sanaullah was having an affair with wives of Abdul Samad. And what happens to the fate of Abdul Samad on killing his wives? Even with evidence it won’t have been justified.

    Poor Sanaullah was left with no other door to strike and perhaps a way of getting media attention. Though he should be fined for attempting suicide and setting such an example for others. But, at the moment he should be helped and his daughters and wife be rescued.


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