Sindhi journalist Nasrullah Gadani murdered, World Sindhi Congress demands justice

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) has expressed grief and outrage over the killing of Sindhi journalist Nasrullah Gadani, which will take the total number of media persons killed across the country in 2024 to five, according to Voice of America (VOA).

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Gadani was attacked and shot in Ghotki, Sindh three days ago. He died today at a hospital in Karachi. Nasrullah Gadani was honored for his commitment to truth and justice.

Despite living a life of poverty, he refused to submit to the system, and instead chose to expose the injustice done to the Sindhi people.

Gadani's courageous reporting often targeted the abuse of power by feudal lords and politicians who, under the protection of the Pakistan Army, have perpetuated widespread suffering in Sindh. His fearless dedication to exposing these atrocities ultimately cost him his life.

Activists and colleagues said the slain journalist had consistently highlighted civic issues in impoverished Sindh in his reporting. Gadani was also critical of the region's powerful feudal lords, leading to his repeated detentions by police, as noted in this social media post by Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, formerly of Twitter.

WSC condemned the killing, calling it part of a disturbing pattern of violence against journalists in Sindh. The organization expressed deep concern over the likelihood of justice being served in the case, given the region’s history of impunity.

News of Gadani's death sparked outrage among journalists and members of civil society, resulting in protests demanding justice for the deceased journalist.

The WSC emphasised the important role of the Sindhi community, political activists, human rights defenders and civil society organisations in continuing the fight for justice for Nasrullah Gadani and other victims of such violence.

In a statement, the WSC offered condolences to Gadani's family and friends. “The organisation promises to honour his legacy by advocating for his case and the broader issues of lawlessness in Sindh at international forums, including the United Nations,” the WSC statement said.

The killing of Nasrullah Gadani is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by journalists in Sindh and highlights the need for systemic reforms to protect those who speak the truth to power.

WSC’s call for justice resonates as a clarion call for action against the entrenched impunity that endangers the lives of those who dare to challenge it.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a leading independent human rights watchdog, said it was “deeply concerned” by the conditions faced by journalists in the country. It urged the Sindh government to investigate Gadani’s killing and hold the perpetrators accountable.

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