MONITORING DESK: US Congressman Brad Sherman has condemned the brutal murder of Sindhi nationalist leader Irshad Ranjhani, urging Pakistan to ensure fair investigation.

The US Congressman took to the twitter and reacted to Jeay Sindh Tehreek (JST) leader Irshad Ranjhani’s murder.

He wrote on the social networking site: “The murder of Sindhi activist Irshad Ranjhani in Karachi is heartbreaking and unacceptable.”

“Arresting Rahim Shah is a good start, but I call on Pakistan to conduct a full and fair investigation so Ranjhani’s family receives the justice they deserve,” he added.

Congressman Brad Sherman, from Sherman Oaks, was born and raised in southern California and represents California’s San Fernando Valley. He has been in the US House of Representatives since 1997, serving his eleventh term in Congress.

Congressman Sherman is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah last week took notice of the brutal murder of JST leader Irshad Ranjhani and ordered judicial inquiry into the killing.

Ranjhani was allegedly shot dead by a Union Council chairman in Bhains Colony neighbourhood. The victim remained lying on the road with bullet wounds for at least one hour before breathing his last.

Taking notice of the murder, CM Murad had sought the complete report of incident from Inspector General of Sindh Police.

Raheem Shah, the local UC chairman, claimed that he opened fire on Irshad Ranjhani, who was later identified as president of Jeay Sindh Tehreeks (JST) Karachi chapter, while foiling a robbery attempt.

However, according to family sources, Ranjhani had gone missing a day before his murder (on Thursday).

The brother of the slain nationalist leader said that Ranjhani had left for Hyderabad and since then he was out of contact with the family. He alleged that the UC chairman was used by someone else to kill his brother, saying Ranjhani was not a criminal but a political activist.

Ranjhani’s aunt died of shock when his body was brought at home.

According to eye witnesses, Ranjhani sustained bullet wounds and remained on the road for at least an hour in injured condition before shifting him to police station instead of hospital. Police came at the scene very late and surprisingly took the injured to police station first and later referred to hospital but Ranjhani breathed his last before reaching the medical facility, they added.

Ranjhani’s family had demanded of Sindh Chief Minster Syed Murad Ali Shah and IGP to arrest the killers.

Police had registered a case against four unknown persons under Section 393/34 of PPC.
Members of the civil society have been using the hashtag #JusticeForIrshadRanjhani on the social media and posting videos showing the UC chairman shooting Ranjhani in front of a crowd.