Saulat’s love: The woman behind Karachi’s most notorious target killer

Published: March 18, 2015


Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Saulat Mirza. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREEN GRAB PHOTO: SAULAT'S FAMILY

It was 1997. She was an 18-year-old, slender and shy girl and he was a 26-year-old handsome man, with a thick moustache and chest hair protruding out of his shirt. Just like they used to when they were kids, they were racing up a steep mount located behind their homes in North Nazimabad, Karachi. Once they reached the top, he took her hand and proposed.

“You see this downward slope in this hill. This is my life; this is where I am going. It’s going to be very tough but I want to marry you. Do you agree?”

She did.

It is 2015, and just hours before he is sent to the gallows, the wife of Karachi’s most notorious target killer is clinging on to a dream; a dream where Saulat Ali aka Saulat Mirza would walk away from hangman’s noose and they would both run off to New Zealand.

“I am positive he won’t be hanged. I don’t even want to think about that possibility,” Saulat’s wife, who chose to remain unnamed, told The Express Tribune, in denial that he would be executed at the Mach jail tomorrow morning.

For nearly two decades, Saulat’s family avoided the limelight, maintaining silence on his death sentence. Journalists would not even think of contacting them because of the fear attached to the target killer’s name.

Read: Central Prison Mach: Security beefed up for Mirza’s execution

But for the first time, Saulat’s wife and sisters for the past few days have begun pleading his case, demanding a re-investigation.

At the Karachi Press Club, Saulat’s family demonstrated against the sentence and criticised the media for not giving his case air time. But as the crowds dwindled, a slender-framed woman donning an oversized grey abaya, shared her life’s story.

Read: Staying put: SHC dismisses plea to transfer Saulat Mirza to Karachi

Saulat’s wife refuses to call him Saulat, saying it meant aggression. “I didn’t like that, and started calling him Daniyal and Dani.”

The two had known each other since childhood, they were family friends. As they grew up, she recalls spending time with his sisters and him playing cricket and table tennis.

When they grew older, they became devoted to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (then Mohajir Qaumi Movement). “I would take part in the party’s cleaning (safai) campaigns. But Dani, he progressed very quickly in the party.”

In 1997, they got married. There was no ‘hangama’ at their marriage. A simple affair, the Nikkah took place during the day and on their way back they had KFC.

She doesn’t talk about the numerous murders that Saulat is said to have committed, but says, “Whatever happened had happened. We wanted to move to one side and start over.”

In their 18 years of marriage, the first three months after the wedding were the only time they were together.

He escaped to Thailand and was arrested in December 1998 by Karachi’s super cop Chaudhry Aslam, when he returned two weeks after his mother passed away. He was booked for multiple murders but sentenced to death for killing then managing director of Karachi Electric Supply Company, Malik Shahid Hamid, his guard and driver.

Saulat’s wife visited him in prison every week since his incarceration, till they transferred him to Hyderabad and then Mach jail, a year ago.

The main correspondence between the childless couple has been letters, a truck-full of which is present at their house. “I would write him 17 pages, and would ask him for a 20-pager. I would share every single thing with him,” his wife said.

She bought and rented religious and political science novels for him. “His favourite was Ibne Safi.”

“Life has been difficult,” his wife, a PhD researcher working on DNA vaccines, said. “I have been unpaid for the last three years.”

When she met Saulat in January, a year he had been transferred, she recalls he made a victory sign and shouted as he retreated: “Nazi be strong. Don’t give up.”

As his hanging inches closer, she clings to her dream of them being together in New Zealand, where “there would be no political parties, no violence and most importantly, there will be no one to recognise us.”

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Reader Comments (104)

  • Saad Siddiqui
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:22PM

    No one deserves to live like this, but unfortunately you shall reap what you have sown, an eye for an eye. That is how we bring balance to the world Recommend

  • Ikram Khan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:23PM

    She doesn’t talk about the numerous murders that Saulat is said to have committed, but says, “Whatever happened had happened.”
    seriously??? He is murderer, think about the families that suffered all these years, think about little kinds that he made orphans. its not what happened had happened.**Recommend

  • lolz
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:33PM

    What a write-up!! Good work R.Recommend

  • Ravian
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:33PM

    Those who live by the sword, die by the sword. Recommend

  • Naqi Akbar
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:34PM

    Whatever might be the prosecution; whatever can be the political reality, one cannot remain untouched by the sensitivity of the human emotions elaborated above; the real culprits remain the managers of this nation state called Pakistan; whose mismanagement tramples on daily basis the dreams of many……. Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:44PM

    why is the media writing soft stories about a cold blooded murderer!!! He chose a life of murder/ Killing and She a life with a murderer, they knew it would come to them sooner or later. They got what they deserve.Recommend

  • Amer
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:48PM

    Please interview the families of his victims as well. Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:53PM

    Seriously! He killed several people and ET is publishing his love story. It would’ve been better if you had mentioned details of all the murders committed by him.. Recommend

  • Amla
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:59PM

    After Saulat’s death, we shall have the same thought; “Whatever happened had happened.”Recommend

  • PirG
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:03PM

    I have lived almost all my life in Karachi and have seen the 90s era closely when i was in my teens. What a sad day for this country that such a bright youth ended up in the hands of this mafia called mqm and numerous others that looked so energetic and full of energy. If anybody failed, it is us. I remember how i was getting attracted to the weapons and all the attention these boys would get from the pretty girls. Had it not been my father beating this rising romance out of me, i probably would have ended up like him and i swear i would not have a clue how.

    for the crimes he committed, he should be put to death. on a bigger scale, the people who created that environment where boys like Saulat ended up in, they should face the firing squad too. But i know this dream is too far in the distance future from now.

    Saulat , may your soul rest in peace as they say death pays all debts. May Allah have mercy on all of us.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:04PM

    While it is not the wife’s fault, I still believe she was in the position to stop him from committing any murders once they got married. I have been reading up on the fact that he controlled a group of individuals from the prison who would conduct target killings for him. Also, there are some reports of him being able to leave the cell he was in and go out for a few days……

    In all, I think he should be hanged and his family should definitely suffer since he and his family should have thought of the consequences before he committed all those murders and so many families had to lose their loved ones…….Finally, justice would be served……I also wish all the other perpetrators are brough to justice. Recommend

  • farrukh
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:09PM

    This is what glorifying a criminal is. What is being achieved here by publishing this story? He is a confessed murderer and getting what he deserves. Can this woman look in Shahid Hamid, his guard, his driver’s wives eyes and say “Whatever happened had happened. We wanted to move to one side and start over.” You as a print media should be ashamed of yourself for printing this piece. This is not a plot of a romantic novel where you are trying to glorify a hardened criminal by bring his wife in the picture. She knew exactly what she was getting into by marrying him. For God sake, ET, take your freedom of press seriously and responsibly.Recommend

  • usman
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:09PM

    I dont know why the media is promoting salut’s family so much, he is a murderer and needs to be hanged.. end of story…..Recommend

  • syeda
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:10PM

    I am sorry to hear about their sad love story but you know what I think? I think if he has really murdered and she is defending it by saying “whatever happened had happened” then they deserve even worst than this. He should be hanged. He should have thought about his Nazi before holding that gun in his hand.Recommend

  • Not-Saulat Mirza
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:20PM

    That is on sensational story and a good effort from the writer but it does not change the fact that the man in question is a murdered who committed several heinous crimes and confessed the same. ET you need to calm down and focus on the things that are important. He is a killer and nothing can change that. He deserve to die because the ones he killed, did not deserve to die. Recommend

  • Faiza
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:27PM

    and why ET is publishing a “criminal ” love story in a Bollywood style?

    Can you please go and check the stories of the siblings and spouses of the people he murdered?Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2015 - 5:29PM

    The poor killed by this vampire must be a world for his wife, mother and sibblings. I’d rather prefer to read how much pain the family of the victim had when he was killed for nothing rather than to read about how the wife of the killer feels hours before he is to be hanged. The present government and military have my much grown respect, trust, support and love for their stern reaction over APS and Airport attacks.Recommend

  • Ahmad Rafiq
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:29PM

    These days why is ET trying to justify the murderers by telling their love lives ? As someone rightly commented, please also share the beautiful life stories of those he murdered.

    Wonder what ET is upto these days. Recommend

  • Muhajir
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Please post the love story of the Lal Masjid maulana Abdul rasheed who was killed in the operation. Also about Rahman dakait. Uzair Baloch. Make heroes out of them all. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Framed in false charges, was denied a proper trail and booked for murder on Here-Say based evidence, they wife of the deceased who didn’t even appear in court was the main witness. Yet he was convicted. His only crime was his endless love and devotion to MQM. Thousands have paid the price, Saulat Bhai is another one of those lone warriors.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:35PM

    ET do u even realized that it treasonous to publish stories aimed to gather public sympathy for a convicted killer. His confessional video is all over the social media and the whole world knows what he did relentlessly and without remorse. Shame on U. I challenge to you to publish my commentsRecommend

  • Wali Babar
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:42PM

    Hope the reign of terror, i.e killing of murder witnesses will end in Karachi soon.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:47PM

    Those people who believed in his confessional video should know in that video he also claimed to kill Imran Farooq and buried him in Balochistan.
    That confession was enough to prove what he was saying was right or statements taken under torture
    There was no eye witness in Shahid Hamid Murder, only witness was his wife who admitted in court she was at home when murder occurred about KM away from her house but still she recognized Saulat Ali.
    But Allah is the best Judge and truth will come out eventually!Recommend

  • Aamna H. Fasihi
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:54PM

    My father was also lured by the power that 9 mm pistol handed over to him at his unit, bestowed him. But thanks to my uncle who reached out to my father, talked to him how would it seem if my grandparents see dead body of their young son lying before them after an encounter my father also reverted from MQM and started concentrating on his job. He also says “Agar main MQM na chorta tu ya tu aj koi MNA MPA hota ya phr kahin meri qabar hoti”. Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2015 - 6:02PM

    @farrukh: I totally agree with you. Why are they writing a criminal love story? To gather some sympathy for the criminal?
    Honestly while reading this article, the criminal’s wife words ,’ What happened had happened.’ , i was so angry. How dare she justify his husband’s murders like that? Didn’t she thought for a sec about the suffering of those families whose beloved members were killed by husband? By reading this article, one thing i can say that love is really blind and stupid.
    I’m truly in favor of his execution. The families of the murdered ones should go to his heartless wife and say ‘ What happened had happened’Recommend

  • PirG
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:02PM

    @Hasan – you have all my sympathy and i know and you know it why you must change aliases and come to ET / other sites to write defensive narrative for this mafia (not qaumi at all) movement.

    The niner zero cell would not spare you now until you flee to dubai / other countries (remember mustafa kamal)

    Poor soul.Recommend

    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:06PM

    False charges? Are you demented or mentally challanged in any way dude? Did you not see his video confessing to murders and boasting about them? He should be hanged as many times as the murders he committed. Actually hanging him would be a favour to him, his body should be riddled with as many bullet holes as the number of people he killed. That would be swift justice!Recommend

  • Maria
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:22PM

    I agree with every bit of what all those who left their comments had to say, apart from Hasan. A man can choose what he wants to become. Recommend

  • Sanober
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:27PM

    Heart touching. Time wll tell us why he was a subject of victimization. It ia obvious that justice is failed and biasness,victimizatikn and hostility won.Recommend

  • Syed Hasib
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:30PM

    Its very sad story and in reality this is story of almost every young boy. Its shame that Our Govt is killing all these young boys for the murders of those whose witnessess doesnt even exist. Its political victimization. May ALLAH save Saulat Bhai or if not then Grant Him Jannat in afterlife Recommend

  • Syed Ayaz ali
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Its sad to watch that media specially electronic media is giving reports against him, for God sake please respect the emotions of his family he is leaving behind, with regards to the punishment he got of death sentence let me say, please go on google and check the statement made by Shhid hamid widow, he is difference in all her statement, according to me Saulat Mirza is victimized politically and his Sin was that he was worker of MQM, offcourse which is the biggest sin in pakistan, when you are Mohajir and soldier of Altaf Hussain every one including LEA and media against You, I want to ask pakistan Judiciary system what they have done for the thousands of missing workers of MQM? their families are crying continuously at frony of SHC but No Action, WHY? from 1992 till 1996 there were many of MQM workers who were killed in extra judicial killings by Police and Rangers, Any Action taken by any Court in pakistan? Answer is a BIG NO? WHY? On other hand there are many cases in which pakistani judiciary system is closing their eyes why? late Meer Murtaza Bhutto was involved in hijacking of Pakistani plane but when he returned to country any sumo-to action taken by Pakistani Judiciary? No… Many Al Qaeda leaders were arrested from so called Religious party Jamat e Islami leadership.. Any Case? NO… at last i just wish to say that Saulat Mirza Bhai will remain always in our memories as Brave Soldier of Mohajir nation, Hats off to him.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2015 - 6:55PM

    Dear Mrs Saulat,
    I m greatly touched by your story and being a wife, can totally understand your emotions. That said I have an advice for you. Think of the those widows who were waiting for their husbands to return home but received their dead bodies. How did they manage to live with that pain for so many years, the reason being your husband. Think of those kids waiting at home for their dads who had to live a life of an orphan thanks to your husband. May be that will help you come out of selfish denial and may be then you will stop dreaming of a beautiful fairytale life with your husband in New Zealand. Cuz I m among those many wives in the city who go through a mental torture all day everyday when my husband is out for work until he returns home. You know why? Cuz I know there are some blood thirsty Saulats out in the streets. If I can’t live a fairytale life with my husband in peace despite being innocent only because of a Saulat out there, how can that Saulat’s wife have a nerve to think about a fairytale life for herself with her husband. Think about it. It’ll make you feel better.
    Good Luck!!!Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:57PM

    Sad part of the story is making sign of victory while meeting his wife rather to be shame for the unforgivable crime Recommend

  • cribb
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:58PM

    @Ikram Khan:
    Thats love, my dear. Thats just that. She could have, and should have stopped him from falling further into the ditch. I hope she+they tried.Recommend

  • cribb
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:07PM

    Long warrior. Cements the fact that he killed at least one individual. Man o my man, delusions will never have any bounds. Is it just coincidence that you people could not find a representative political party except MQM?Recommend

  • SUB
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:14PM

    @ET: Nice read, how about putting up a news item/ blog what the murdered people’s family been through all these years?Recommend

  • rimsha
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:14PM

    the victims also had beautiful stories.Recommend

  • engr farukh
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:33PM

    Ur reply is more heart touching than her [email protected] aadmi ki Biwi: Recommend

  • Amina
    Mar 18, 2015 - 8:06PM

    She doesn’t talk about the numerous murders that Saulat is said to have committed, but says, “Whatever happened had happened. We wanted to move to one side and start over.”

    Strange that even though being woman she has heart to say that no matter how much killings her pious husbands had committed and she being his dutiful wife wants to start a fresh …. and to runaway NZ where there will be no one even to recognize them WOW what an ideology she is carrying!!!

    ET instead of sharing details about their wedding dinner at KFC please share his crimes here which may enlighten the fact that sinners are meant to be punished no matter how much power no matter to who they belong!!! Recommend

  • Sultan Khan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 8:07PM

    What a Piece!!!!! Mind blowing workRecommend

  • IY
    Mar 18, 2015 - 8:50PM

    This is an article that tries very hard to take you, as far as possible, away from reality and the truth. On the night of a murder’s deserved hanging, you talk about his romance and her dreams fro their future?!!! How about writing a piece about all the lives he took away and the impact on those people’s families espeicaly children? How about writing a piece about him expressing any remorse over his horrendous acts? Recommend

  • adeel
    Mar 18, 2015 - 9:09PM

    Sad ending to a hopeful life story after crimes. i wish if he could get some kind of rescue, allowed in our political and social system.Tonight is the night of decision for him and her wife. May everything happen for a good and give peace to both of them now.Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Mar 18, 2015 - 9:15PM

    “Whatever happened had happened. We wanted to move to one side and start over.”

    Should’ve thought of all all that “before” it “happened”. Im sorry ma’am but you should’ve been smarter when you married him. Once he showed you that his life is downhill you should’ve accepted his hand in marriage and looked up at the mountain and said “I am going to be your wife and together we will go up there” but instead you let it be & now you make a selfish statement about “whatever happened had happened.” Go ask all the souls he killed and the family members that suffered. Justice must be served and if he did what he did, he needs to be taught a lesson; less for himself and more for future generations.Recommend

  • Gulg77
    Mar 18, 2015 - 9:22PM

    A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own rewardRecommend

  • Adeel
    Mar 18, 2015 - 9:47PM

    You are the dumbest person ever. You’re the sort of people who consider almost everything treason. You should’ve been born in Iran not Pakistan.
    @Ahmed: Recommend

  • ahmed sarfaraz
    Mar 18, 2015 - 9:56PM

    This is why I hate the media! it glamorizes criminals and their lifestyles. Where were these same ma behnain of target killers when these monsters were busy making new graveyards of innocent humans???? Who is supposed to look at their side? Sensationalism in media like this should be protested against and I protest against this with every fiber of my being!!Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Mar 18, 2015 - 10:08PM

    @Syed Ayaz ali and Hassan.
    But ur Altaf Bhai says that he does not know saulat mirza.and u say that he is being punished for being brave soldier of MQM.what about the 6 witnesses who were killed.
    As a woman i respect Mrs.Saulat but we should remember the families of killed people.Comments by Aam admi Kee Biwi and Amina H and PirG r really impressive.Recommend

  • Ahsaas Wasti
    Mar 18, 2015 - 10:44PM

    This is the kind of mistake India made! They humanized the Bhais and Ghundas, They decriminalized the cops who became target killers. They made heroes out of Goons and made eve-teasing look like first steps into romance. The result Delhi is the Rape Capital of the world and the world’s most wanted criminals are either roaming on the streets of Mumbai or sitting in the Indian Parliament. Media and Journalists should have a more responsible approach. The Writer should consider these cases Hard news and should not play around with the Human Interest angle. These target killers dehumanize themselves to commit what they consider their political duty. Media outlets do not have a right to humanize them!Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2015 - 10:59PM

    Isn’t it shocking that the fact that she’s a “PhD researcher working on DNA vaccines” is mentioned at the very end in a by-the-way fashion while most of the article just presents her as an extension of a good-for-nothing criminal?Recommend

  • mubashar shahid
    Mar 18, 2015 - 11:15PM

    what a way to present a murderer who killed many human beings….grt so much for humanity… how our media can b sold out by fear and money…..Recommend

  • maheen
    Mar 18, 2015 - 11:16PM

    May Allah protect all girls for such a.blind love and husband.Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Mar 18, 2015 - 11:17PM

    I dont know for whose sake the people of karachi,,so called most educated,,are bearing the open terrorist and threatning activities of mqm and its criminal leader…May Allah help them..Recommend

  • Qutab
    Mar 18, 2015 - 11:49PM

    Isn’t this story in direct contravention to the National Action Plan, specifically one of its elements that calls for “ban on glorification of terrorism and terrorist organisations through print and electronic media.” What a pity!Recommend

  • Sam
    Mar 18, 2015 - 11:58PM

    @Aam aadmi ki Biwi:

    Thank you.. You are the voice of reason!Recommend

  • Javed
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:00AM

    Why is he being portrayed like a film hero? People are least interested to listen to their melancholic love story. He is a murderer and should be sent to gallows. Media needs to play more positive part.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:05AM

    @Syed Hasib:
    I do feel sorry for the family but r u sure JANNAT……. For saulat mirza!!!!! R u in senses!! What about those who were killed by him… Aur through him… Over 10000 people have been killed. Have u seen his confession vedios!! he deserve to be hanged in front of public!!Recommend

  • Nasr
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Well, Well, It is a sad story but some very bad statements or expression from both the person in the story. After all both of them are MQM workers and how can they alienate themselves from this party and show some sympathy towards those who suffered in the from of Saulat’s Cruel Agression.
    Nazi you are a PHD and working on DNAs to work out a vaccine and that also without a pay. You as a wife should have worked on the DNA of your husband and should have prevented him to commit such heinous crimes and that would have paid you off in the form of a good life. It is good that there are no other dependents if he is gone tomorrow.Recommend

  • MAS
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:09AM

    This lady ( Saulat’s wife ) seriously Deserve a ” SUCKER PUNCH ” ……Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:22AM

    I am among those many Pakistamis who had demanded the hanging of target killers of MQM for peace in Karachi .. But today as the ET presented his life history in a touchy way. I feel sorry for Mrs. Saulat..and I feel sorry for whole Urdu speaking community that they had fallen for a psychopath like Altaf. There are many parties in Pakistan. I like PTI and JI myself, I am a Pathan but I have great love and respect for Urdu speaking brothers.. I love you people so please don’t fall maniac like Altaf.. Pakistan loves you, you people are those who gave the most sacrifices for this country..we respect you..don’t get into the pages that we hate you and Altaf is Ur saviour.. Please for GOD sake.. Recognise urself and your abilities..thank youRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:31AM

    Media is presenting a criminal as a hero… Sorry for that..? As you sow so shall you reap, for Mrs. SaulatRecommend

  • Mehmood
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:32AM

    if he is not solut mirza and any other person belonging from other area pf Pakistan then neither electronic media or print media give such fame to this person, on daily basis many other prisoners are hanging but no one get such a fame or publicity like him. the reason of all such doing is Saulat Mirza belong from MQM or may be not and that’s why it is a very golden opportunity to Kill two birds with one stone, criticize mqm and and punch those who have soft corner for mqm and so called mahajirs. that’s the reason why saulat mirza getting such a time on media again and again.Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:05AM

    i hope you meant ” good write up” sarcastically… because this write up seems nothing short of a movie script where the murderous villain is glamorized…!!.. Recommend

  • Rabi
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:12AM

    I cannot believe that you’d publish a story that sympathizes with a murderer.

    He tore several families apart.
    He doesn’t deserve mercy or love.

    His wife refrains from talking about his murders. Why?
    Why do you ignore the fact that your husband destroyed several families?
    Why did you not stop him?
    Do you not have any sympathies for the families he ripped apart?

    Mrs Saulat, you do not have children.
    This is why you do not know what it feels like to be a mother to orphans.

    Your husband killed multiple men, thus making many children orphans and several women widows.

    Stand for the truth. Not for a murderer.

    Denounce his murders and stand with the families of victims. Pay them the money for their education. You owe them this much.

    Mrs Saulat, I have no sympathies for you or your husband.
    You reap what you sow.
    You should have stopped your husband. Or deserted him. Recommend

  • Anon
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:19AM

    I don’t get one thing – you talk about how this murderer’s family is going to be affected but what about all those innocents he killed? Did anyone think about how their lives would be affected? Recommend

  • Aiman
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:19AM

    People who let people get away with merciless murders are responsible too, in this case his family. If this is the only consequence she needs to deal through, its justified.

    Sad that she thought her husband could get away with this and she would live a happy life away from her country her husband shed blood in. HER COUNTRY, where women like her lost husbands that her lovely husband killed. What is even sad that its a possibility and it happens alot.Recommend

  • Asad Iqbal
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:48AM

    Poor Effort Media Once again. There is nothing like Balance in your story. Yes, Saulat deserve to live for some days as he is ready to nominate something. BUT the way you styled this story is Poor Effort!
    A criminal of his Caliber should be punished in shape of death sentenced. Let him enjoy some more but reasonably good time to do something for the nation. BUT he must be punished for sure. No more fairy tale please!Recommend

  • Nauman Naushad
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:49AM

    sualat death punishment is posponed for 72 hours…..his destanistaion his clear…….i have no feelingz for these killerz……wat he did was wrong…….but when i read such things it HURTS……May ALLAH forgive us…. Recommend

  • Amna
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:11AM


    The best comment! Great point. Also, I think those love stories would be quite interesting. Recommend

  • Anis
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:17AM

    @syeda: she is an eye witness that he hasn’t murdered of shahid Hamid as he was with her that night. That is why she wants justice they sentenced him on murder which he was not involved she says. Recommend

  • Rehman Yousuf
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:18AM

    What is wrong with Pakistani mainstream media showing guilty convicts in a light which shows them to be like unsung heroes who are getting what they dont deserve? He is a murderer and writing articles such as this is wrong. How the love of his life is suffering because of his death statement and giving him ‘books’ in the jail (like reading a thousand books will have any effect on that cold heart) and what not is not morally, institutionally and professionally write on Tribune’s part. Very disappointing read.Recommend

  • respondent
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:20AM

    Romanticizing a criminal’s story at par with the crime.Recommend

  • Arham
    Mar 19, 2015 - 9:04AM

    The only thing I love in this story is The super cop Chaudhary Aslam…!! Tribune must share his story.!! do recognize your true heroes. Azad media should be Mukhtar too. Recommend

  • arsijust17
    Mar 19, 2015 - 9:08AM

    An interesting story for Pakistani film makers!Recommend

  • ahamd
    Mar 19, 2015 - 9:10AM

    This is unbleieveable and strange that
    “Life has been difficult,” his wife, a PhD researcher working on DNA vaccines, said. “I have been unpaid for the last three years.”

    Saulat (dani) wife is PHDRecommend

  • HK
    Mar 19, 2015 - 9:41AM

    Wow, What a way to soften the image of mass killer. When you’ll be able to stop supporting indian touts?? May be when they stopped funding. However, your article didn’t work, we are not inspired..Recommend

  • Naswar Khan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:17PM

    I wonder why the writer is romanticizing a killer’s life and trying to portray him like a legend or something. This would only lead some crazy youth out there into idealizing a psychopath like him.

    “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm XRecommend

  • Mister
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Saulat’s Wife and a Ph. D: “Whatever happened had happened. We wanted to move to one side and start over.” Seems accessory to crime also to me. Justice a must now and ever.Recommend

  • singh
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:34PM

    He knows his time is over. He has started pointing his finger at mqm chief whose instructions he was following once. Everybody is scared of death like self confessed killer mumtaj qadri. ET, dont gloryfy his deeds.Recommend

  • Hammad Hayat Khan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:40PM

    Excellent, Rabia Ali ..
    Each and Every word id soo touching !!Recommend

  • ASD
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:22PM

    Saulat’s Love Affairs and his wife’s wish to elope to NewZeland sounds much like a Bollywood Movie. Anyhow, the write-up sure melt masses heart for Saulat. Recommend

  • taimur
    Mar 19, 2015 - 3:13PM

    my simple question: why would you write and post such article Recommend

  • Ozymandias
    Mar 19, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Congratulations to the Express tribune! For the sake of cheap clicks and numbers they have started humanising murderers. Next can we please have a fluff piece on Malik Ishaq too?Recommend

  • nadeem
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:04PM

    From everything I have read and heard, it is very clear that Saulat Mirza is intelligent, energetic, and good-looking. And since he is from North Nazimabad, it can be presumed his family provided him a reasonably comfortable life growing up, and fully supported a good education for him. He even got the girl of his dreams. So what went wrong? Given everything he had, his should have been a dream life of prosperity, health, family, kids, etc. As someone said above, the real criminals here are the managers of Pakistan – present and past – who have messed things up to such an extent that ideology-based killing, sectarian killing, and plain ol’ killing-for-money has become a career choice for young men. Something tells me that on the Day of Judgement the penance for our rulers will be harsher than the penance of people like Saulat Mirza. Wallah ‘alam. Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:55PM

    He is in limelight due to his killings not humanitarian works…. You are showing him as someone doing something about which the humanity can be proud of.. He is ashamed of himself today, while saying to think before joining any political party. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:10PM

    I have sympathy with those murdered by Soulat Mirza. This monster and his family deserve no mercy and why is media making so much fuss out of this target killer.
    Look at how his wife describe about ones murdered by Mirza, “What happened has happened!”. Even his wife is so insane to understand the value of human life. Recommend

  • moniza ali
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:22AM

    May God save all young people who fall victim to political parties brain washing and inappropriate company that could turn them from normal men to savage killers I wish it never happened the sufferings he caused people and his wife’s unfulfilled dreams.Recommend

  • Farrukh
    Mar 20, 2015 - 2:27AM

    “Whatever happened had happened” now let’s move to New Zealand while the victims families go through pain and suffering on a daily basis. Why don’t you talk to the family members of the victims and see what they have to say about your upcoming trip! She had obviously never lost a loved one therefore has absolutely no idea that it’s a wound that never heals. What goes around comes around.Recommend

  • Shakil Khan
    Mar 20, 2015 - 5:41AM

    Its story of two gangsters working for same mafia and fell in love!
    Stop glorifying criminals!
    She is thinking too late to move away now, that should have been the thought well before her husband started killing people for their bosses. Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Mar 20, 2015 - 7:29AM

    ET, don’t you guys have an iota of shame for giving space to sympathetic stories of murderers. Please also publish heroic stories of Taliban leaders. I hope you will find so many to take your business to highest level. Shame on you. Recommend

  • Perizaad Khatib
    Mar 20, 2015 - 8:11AM

    Saulat’s wife is no different from him. When you say ‘whatever happened happened’, you expose your own mentality. I refuse to feel sorry for her because she was not forced but chose this bed of thorns. You reap what you sow. After Saulat’s death, we shall say, ‘whatever happened happened’.Recommend

  • ajay gupta
    Mar 20, 2015 - 8:18AM

    today’s dawn edition reveals her name & they have an 11 month old baby.Recommend

  • Perizaad Khatib
    Mar 20, 2015 - 8:18AM

    She’s supporting a cold blooded killer. The fact that she’s a PhD researcher shows what an educated ignorant she is. What is the point of highlighting her education then? @[email protected]: Recommend

  • anam
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:16PM

    Whatever he is a murderer and he should be hanged shame on his wife she wanna just complete her love storyRecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:21PM

    “What happened had happened?” She shares zero sympathy with the families of the victims and wants us all to be sympathetic with her? This is pure selfishness, ma’m your love committed henious crime and deserves to be hanged. Period.Recommend

  • Mrs Raza
    Mar 20, 2015 - 1:18PM

    @Ikram Khan
    Mar 18, 2015 – 4:23PM
    “Whatever happened had happened.”
    seriously??? He is murderer, think about the families that suffered all these years, think about little kinds that he made orphans. its not what happened had happened.**

    you are 100% right Ikram Khan.

    And is this article a romance novel focusing on female physique?

    @She was an 18-year-old, slender and shy girl and he was a 26-year-old handsome man, with a thick moustache and chest hair protruding out of his shirt.

    @But as the crowds dwindled, a slender-framed woman donning an oversized grey abaya, shared her life’s story.Recommend

  • AtifM
    Mar 20, 2015 - 2:12PM

    @Aam aadmi ki Biwi:

    You have nailed it sister. The best comment I have ever come around in such a long time. I have seen beautiful comments, good comments, very good comments and excellent comments but I have never seen such a GREAT comment yet. Best of luck in every step of your life with your innocent husband. Recommend

  • Zeeshan Ch.
    Mar 20, 2015 - 8:17PM

    “:She doesn’t talk about the numerous murders that Saulat is said to have committed, but says, “Whatever happened had happened.”

    She is clearly flirting with repression.
    Not owning up to the fact that your husband is a murderer and brushing aside with “whatever happened has happened” ( and I do use the word “has” instead of “had” intentionally because its an ongoing process for the family members that your husband has killed.)

    Maybe its me, but I do believe a “PhD researcher working on vaccines” does warrant a bit of responsibility on your part to denounce the actions of your husband. I guess an educated illiterate (parha likha jahil) is not an oxymoron after all.

    Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast and move on with your life!Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:45AM

    Am dead sure and strong believe that as per the Justice of Almighty he and his family will face the same pain in near future. ET stop publishing the fake love stories of these Vampires. The govt using this murderder for their own interest. Recommend

  • M
    Mar 21, 2015 - 11:07AM

    Shame on you for promoting this animal of a human being who has taken countless lives. SHAME!Recommend

  • Khonza
    Mar 21, 2015 - 11:42AM

    My dear Mrs Danyal(Soulat mirza)
    My sympathies are with you and your is the work of the brainwashing of MQM that lead to this.i will always pray for the two of you and hope one day you and Dany can be united and live your dreams in New Zealand.ameen
    Mrs Naheed SalahuddinRecommend

  • Aaliya
    Mar 21, 2015 - 1:45PM

    People are not born bad, they become bad by the path they take in life. Saulat Mirza was still a human being, he was also a young innocent boy once. This article is just showing him in a different, more humanizing, light. The fact remains he is a criminal, but he wasn’t always one.

    As for Mrs. Saulat, ‘what happened, happened’ is the worst thing she could’ve said. How can she stand there and talk about going to NZ and start fresh. What about all those people who lost their loved ones. They were also someone’s sons, husbands, fathers, brothers. How could she not think of them. She should’ve apologized to these families instead of saying “what happened, happened”. What will happen to your husband will happen too, why are you trying to stop it..let it happen! Recommend

  • Agnostic Khan
    Mar 26, 2015 - 9:11AM

    You should write scripts for bollywood and the soaps….whats the point in romanticizing a hardened murderer.?..well written but in bad taste…Recommend

  • moeed
    May 12, 2015 - 11:26AM

    the city which is heart of our economy has been held ransom by these target killers they ended lives of the people which stood against them without a little remorse and spread a fear in the city of light people’s businesses and livelihoods being destroyed this guy should have thought of his nazi at that time when he was taking the lives of so many innocents in karachi.
    what shall u sow so should u reap.Recommend

  • Lolz
    May 14, 2015 - 4:54PM

    What a country, people recognize the death of Saulat Mirza as a course of justice system but when it comes to Mumtaz Qadri, people are silent! We all have failed our society, values and culture, just a corrupt vulture type elite rule! MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE SAULAT! Recommend

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