The last goodbye: Nazi bids farewell to Saulat Mirza

Published: May 12, 2015
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Wife of Sualat Mirza stands by his dead body at their home in Gulshan-e-Maymar on Tuesday. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

Wife of Sualat Mirza stands by his dead body at their home in Gulshan-e-Maymar on Tuesday. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: The year is 2015. He’s dead; her head rests on his coffin. The air-conditioned ambulance, in which his body is transported, has been shrouded with dupattas to protect their privacy. In there, she spends almost an hour weeping.

Saulat Mirza, notorious target killer and former activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, returned home after 17 years of imprisonment; his lifeless body welcomed with a flood of tears by his wife, Nikhat (Nazi).

Family members of Saulat Mirza try to take a last glimpse of him before his burial. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

“Neither did he tremble on the gallows nor did anyone hold his hand. He was walking faster than the police. And once at the top, recited the ‘kalma’ loudly,” she said, picturing the execution in Machh jail on Tuesday.

Read: Saulat Mirza hanged in Machh jail

Hours before his death, Saulat managed to send one last message to his beloved through a jail officer: “Be patient and pray for me.”

Nazi had hoped her husband would live. After Saulat’s execution had been postponed on March 19, she had hoped that renewed interest and the creation of a special Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe a video confession by the death row prisoner would be investigated, putting his execution off for a little while longer.

“We were hoping that the case would reopen. It was such a strong JIT. But everything seemed different in the last two days.”

Her plea to defer Saulat’s execution in light of the investigation was rejected by the Sindh High Court who could find no cogent reason in her argument to postpone the hanging any further.

On Tuesday evening, after his body had been flown to Karachi from Quetta, Nazi and other relatives offered prayers at the couple’s house in Gulshan-e-Maymar before his burial.

She and the rest of Saulat’s family thought that the backdoor deals and pressure on the government had led to the hanging.

Read: PM to take final decision on Saulat Mirza’s execution: officials

Relatives gather around the ambulance carrying the dead body. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

“The deals won, the activists lost,” she lamented, adding, “A political party with which Saulat had been associated for years was behind it”.

She said she was content but could not accept why the government had halted his execution earlier if they had no plans to save him.

“Why did they give us hope? Why?” she asked, the pain cracking her voice.

Childhood sweethearts, Saulat and Nazi got married in 1997. They stayed together for three months before Saulat fled to Bangkok.

On his return in December 1998, he was arrested at Karachi airport by SHO Chaudhry Aslam and had been jailed ever since.

Read: ‘Dodging death’: SHC issues notices to AG, ATC in Saulat Mirza case

Relatives carry late Saulat Mirza’s body to the graveyard. PHOTO ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

Now, as his life less body lay with relatives gathering for one last look, Nazi was missing. She sat in a corner and cried silently.

Her dream of reuniting with her husband and living abroad will now never come true.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Yasir
    May 12, 2015 - 11:57PM

    Its so sad!! May Allah (SWT) gave her Sabar !!Recommend

  • A Rehma
    May 13, 2015 - 12:09AM

    Please write about the lasting trauma suffered by the families of his victims instead of this kind of tabloid Bollywood tripe, trying to cast the criminal as a victim.Recommend

  • A Rehman
    May 13, 2015 - 12:09AM

    Please write about the lasting trauma suffered by the families of his victims instead of this kind of tabloid Bollywood tripe, trying to cast the criminal as a victim.Recommend

  • Arshad
    May 13, 2015 - 12:46AM

    People need to wake up and see what MQM has become in Karachi. It is a Huge MAFIA organization and devastated Karachi. Its FAT Leader sits in London and perverts IDIOT supporters to commit crimes and terrorize the city.Recommend

  • Pukar
    May 13, 2015 - 1:57AM

    Living this kind of life was his choice, he should have known better. ET, stop gathering sympathies for a target killer. Willingly, Saulat Mirza became partner in crime with MQM.Recommend

  • Troubled
    May 13, 2015 - 2:00AM

    Unfortunate, but I am not feeling any empathy. Her husband was a self confessed killer, he deserved this. Maybe the press should do a story on the families of all the people this monster killed instead of trying to portray this woman as a victim. Recommend

  • ardi
    May 13, 2015 - 2:24AM

    This guy has met his fate. His wife should know her hubby has destroyed the lives of many others. Justice is done.Recommend

  • Sh
    May 13, 2015 - 2:30AM

    Stop portraying him a hero and its no fairy tale. He killed innocent people. Justice was elayed for such a long time. Finall the justice has been servedRecommend

  • Ibrar
    May 13, 2015 - 5:26AM

    One can understand Nazi’s disappointment after a glimpse of hope. Now that it is all done May God rest his soul in peace and give his family strength to bear their loss. Her perception that rather than reopening the case political deals have won is understandable. The only comfort for her would be to see that those who indoctrinated SM to commit murders are apprehended and get exemplary punishments. Until then justice will remain incomplete in this case.Recommend

  • just_someone
    May 13, 2015 - 5:43AM

    You pay for your sins, either here or in the Hereafter.
    May those that these people hurt find peace and solace. May God decide what is in-store for Saulat.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    May 13, 2015 - 6:00AM

    Nazi is the true hero! She sacrificed her life for this undeserving criminal. Any other man would be grateful to have a wife like this. I salute her !!Recommend

  • ali
    May 13, 2015 - 7:23AM

    I think people are missing the point here , this story is about the pain of his wife and not Saulat . She deserves every bit of sympathy and empathy as she had not done anything wrong except being extremely loyal. Her pain is real, so stop the hate and have a heart ……Recommend

  • Irtiza
    May 13, 2015 - 8:33AM

    Ms. Rabia Ali please show your writing skills on a different topic. You are bent upon gaining sympathies for a target killer. No matter who used Saulat Mirza, he was actually responsible for the consequences.Recommend

  • Excuse me
    May 13, 2015 - 8:38AM

    Excuse me you are trying to glorify a killer? and there is no truth that he was jailed ever since he was arrested! He carried on killing people and lived a normal life and regular visited his wife while in jail. The Jail superintendent who stopped him for this practise was killed the next day!

    Try again to make him or her as heroin! Recommend

  • JA
    May 13, 2015 - 8:48AM

    The puppet has been sentenced, the master is at large. Had the justice been done?????Recommend

  • shantul
    May 13, 2015 - 9:44AM

    true @Please write about the lasting trauma suffered by the families of his victims instead of this kind of tabloid Bollywood tripe, trying to cast the criminal as a victim.Recommend

  • Omar
    May 13, 2015 - 9:46AM

    I am appalled to read this eulogy for a murderer. Portraying a family as the underdogs and oppressed. In fact, it was the same family who kept on defending a butcher and serial remorseless killer…. There should be no sympathy for them and the murderer they loved. They knew what their ‘loved’ one did to actual innocents in the city and yet protected and stood by the murderer…. It was their and his conscious decision they should now live with the consequencesRecommend

  • waqas ranjha
    May 13, 2015 - 10:36AM

    I was not in the favour to end execution order but i think demand of Saulat and his wife to reopen case and also capture remaining murderers and give same execution orders to them was and is genuine. Justice is not this that execute one and left other criminals, Justice is to execute all mean give same punishment.Recommend

  • Aiman
    May 13, 2015 - 1:09PM

    It is evident from her wife statement that everyone used Saulat Mirza and his family ““We were hoping that the case would reopen. It was such a strong JIT. But everything seemed different in the last two days.”Recommend

  • kammiqazi
    May 13, 2015 - 1:28PM

    “Why did they give us hope? Why?” she asked, the pain cracking her voice.”

    Dear Nikhat you must be the only person who doesnt know why they postponed his execution.Recommend

  • manzoor
    May 13, 2015 - 2:40PM

    since saulat had been badly used by a o.party nd at the end of the day he got the ultimate result of it..still it z mystry that hw abt the master mind of whole scene?Recommend

  • Sami
    May 13, 2015 - 3:41PM

    You cannot change the perception of a criminal into a saint. Justice was done with him and a loud and clear message to other criminals and their families too. Stop killing innocent people.Recommend

  • Sohni Dharti
    May 13, 2015 - 7:34PM

    Let us keep up the good work. Justice served Recommend

  • disgusted
    May 13, 2015 - 8:38PM

    The irony here is that a man responsible for the murder of 14 persons one among them a pregnant woman in Modal Town Lahore and with real time video evidence available is the Chief Minister of Punjab and the brother of Prime Minister. This is a reflection on our corrupt judiciary and their masters the politicians. Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    May 13, 2015 - 9:09PM

    I wish media gives same kind of coverage to the broken down families of the

    victims of these killers.

    An English newspaper that’s renowned for its anti Pakistani working

    philosophy devoted to the live half page lament for the heart

    breaking moments in this killer’s family. I never saw any such

    coverage for any victim’s family.Recommend

  • Assad
    May 13, 2015 - 9:37PM

    @A Rehma:

    The wife is a victim in all of this. Hope you realize this is what this article is trying to bring attention to. Secondly, Saulat Mirza has paid for his sins by being put to death. His sins have been expiated on account of this punishment.Recommend

  • Assad
    May 13, 2015 - 9:41PM

    @Omar:
    Do you understand what an “Eulogy” is? This is not it. Its shedding light on the plight of the wife of a criminal. The wife is just as much a victim as anyone else in this case. She was not involved in the murders, she did not egg her husband on to commit these acts. So there is a sense of sorrow and on the basis of that one can relate to the wife.Recommend

  • Hadi
    May 14, 2015 - 12:17AM

    yea story is indeed about his wife. However, she should realize that her husband has killed many innocent people and she should think how those families dealt when they didn’t get justice for so long. Killers should be hanged and there should be no mercy and sharing her tearful story doesn’t merit in front of many this guy killed! Recommend

  • Maryam Tariq
    May 14, 2015 - 12:18AM

    Maybe someone should go and ask the widows of those he killed. You think they didn’t cry or lose their entire lives as they knew them in one split second? What about the children he orphaned? Has anyone ever wondered what became of those families whom he shattered? He got what he deserved. I am just surprised it took this long.Recommend

  • Saulat
    May 14, 2015 - 2:43AM

    i think the JIT will be use for black mailing to MQM by the Agencies. if MQM used saulat mirza like a tissue paper so what was do with him by the Govt. he was given strong proof to Catch the real criminal.Recommend

  • Egos
    May 14, 2015 - 1:13PM

    It is such a tragedy, Europe has learnt the hard way that their is no success in violence, no honor in ego, men continue to be a bait to aggressive or militant resistance to atrocities failing to understand that it will be their families who will suffer in the end as their end will surely be gallows if not a bullet.

    There is much need in Pakistan to instill new thought, a pacifist thought so this bloodshed in all forms can stop,Recommend

  • Yasir Hasan
    May 14, 2015 - 4:57PM

    Please stop glorifying the killer… stop making hero out of him. I do feel bad for him that why he ended up like these despite of being a member of an educated family. That’s about it. No mercy for the compulsive killer. Recommend

  • Nazir Hasan
    May 15, 2015 - 3:19AM

    God bless Saluat Mirza, his brother is cancer patient mother died, this is totally fabricated case, made by SHO Aslam famous for police counter, Mqm used him, SHO for his cult made case, no witness, no name in FIR, death sentence, poor Saluat released on payrol, in 204 and rearrest in 2005. now both Mqm and PMLN both used him and confession for political points. God rest his soul.Recommend

  • ahmed
    May 15, 2015 - 10:47AM

    The execution should have stopped because he was actually turning into a legal witness. Could have proven instrumental in bringing down MQM once and for all but then again, as his wife said, they clearly won. Nd now i dont think anyones got the right to curse for he has already being punished for what he has done according to islam so he is actually clean. Not defending what he did, defo it was wrong, but then atleast he did the rite thing before going, opened up our eyes, he wasnt a bad person but he was turned into one my these MQM monsters and as they always do, they backed out on him as they have done on many others. The other parties actually had the power to pardon him, they should have done it, i would have done it too, specially after looking at the way he loved his wife and viceversa. But now hes gone, paid for what he did nd he surely will be in a better place now.Recommend

  • MSK
    May 16, 2015 - 8:59PM

    It is a sad thing that Saulat Mirza was executed. The only reason is that there is no excuse for taking anyone’s life for revenge also. Understood that he killed innocent people but he should have been jailed, not executed. No one should be executed. Jailed for life is something else which is acceptable. I am not feeling any empathy since he was a target killer but he should not have been executed. And that thing about his wife: May Allah Give Her & Saulat Mirza’s Family Patience. She was being made the victim in this story but right, I can understand her grieve since it was her husband no matter whatever type of a person he was. She was a person who was grieving since she was a very close family member of his but she was not the victim. The victims were Shahid Hamid, his guard, his driver or someone (whoever was killed).

    Ab Bus KHUDA Saulat Mirza ke khandaan ko sabar dein.Recommend

  • Muhammad Fazal
    May 24, 2015 - 6:21AM

    Solat Mirza was a person who confessed to kill 58 innocent people so he doesn’t deserve any sympathy. But yes I must admit that Solat Mirza has been successful to gain sympathy of many people across Pakistan including me due to the role of our media.

    However now we expect our government, Pakistani army, intelligence agencies and other responsible institutions to take serious action against those who were disclosed by Solat Mirza in his interview. All MQM leadership should be brought to justice if we want to see peaceful Pakistan and peaceful Karachi. But I wonder why until now no MQM leader has been arrested and surprisingly Mr.Ishrat ul Abbad is still enjoying governorship.Recommend

  • innocent
    Jun 4, 2015 - 5:07PM

    i must say only one thing matter has been ended just pray for his wife and family and pray for saulat Allah forgive his sins.Recommend

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