Slain SUP leader’s son Asad Leghari dies in mysterious circumstances in Tando Bago

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BADIN: The 25-year-old son of a slain political activist died under mysterious circumstances after attending a party held in the office of a housing scheme in Tando Bago town of Badin district on Monday. The deceased youth’s four friends, who also attended the party, were detained for interrogation as the bereaved family rejected their claim of his natural death.

The youth, Asad Ali Leghari, was the son of Dr Anwer Ali Leghari, a senior leader of the Sindh United Party (SUP) who was killed in an ambush in the Qasimabad area of Hyderabad during the local government elections in November 2015.

Giving details of the episode, Tando Bago SHO Hakim Ali Jalbani told Dawn that according to preliminary investigation, Asad Leghari along with his three friends — Furqan Magsi, Mohammed Awais Magsi and Tauseef Ahmed Memon — went to the residence of their common friend, Faheem Ahmed Samoon, in Tando Bago after leaving the party. Leghari felt unwell and when his condition deteriorated, his friends contacted Tando Bago town committee chairman Khan Sahib Jamali for his advice instead of rushing the patient to a hospital, said the SHO.

The police officer said that Mr Jamali brought Leghari to the taluka hospital but the patient died minutes afterwards. Mr Jamali reported the death to the police. The body was collected by his uncles, Ameer Bukhsh Leghari and Dr Naeem Ahmed Memon after a post-mortem examination was performed, he added.

The bereaved family while speaking to local reporters quoted the detained friends of Leghari as saying that “he died of heart attack after consuming liquor and some pills”. They expressed strong reservations over the claim and said they intended to lodge a murder FIR after his burial in their ancestral graveyard of Bukhsho Leghari, situated in Hyderabad district.

Asad Leghari was an MSc final-year student of the US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCASW) at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET).