Pregnant artist shot dead for refusing to stand while singing


LARKANA: A local singer was shot dead for refusing to perform while standing during a ceremony in Kanga village near Larkana on Tuesday.

According to details, Tarique Ahmed Jatoi asked the 24-year-old Samina Samoon, also known as Samina Sindhu, to stand up while she sang. Samina, however, refused to oblige his request upon which the accused shot her.

Jatoi, who was allegedly inebriated at the time had badgered the victim to comply before he shot her dead.

Samina was rushed to the Chandka Hospital, but could not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead.

Her husband told the journalists that she had been six months pregnant with their child.

He demanded that the first information report should mention that the man who shot her and two of his accomplices be accused of double murder: that of the woman and her unborn child.

Police claimed to have arrested the main accused.

Later, the funeral prayer of the slain singer was offered at Jinnah Bagh and was attended by a large number of artists and relatives.

Artists staged sit-in at the SSP Roundabout and raised slogans.

While talking to the media, the protesting artists said that Kanga police had arrested musicians instead of the accused.

They demanded an independent investigation into the case and the removal of Kanga police station SHO.

Later, Larkana SSP suspended the Kanga police station SHO SIP Liaquat Ali Khajar and posted SIP Hazoor Bux Junejo as the new SHO.