Sharjeel Memon on Monday confirmed to Weekly Pulse by telephone from abroad that a letter containing the threatening message had been delivered by post at his house in Karachi, and that he was shortening his visit and returning to the city on Tuesday.
Memon said that the terrorists had warned him to leave Karachi along with his family or be ready to face the consequences. He said he had informed the prime minister of the development and also urged him to take the matter seriously.
Memon, however, added that nobody could have him expelled from the city, and he was not at all scared by such hollow threats. He also warned the criminal elements that no one could ever have the courage to separate Karachi from Sindh.
Memon, nevertheless, said that the matter of the threatening messages needed to be thoroughly investigated because he had had no doubts that they were part of a conspiracy to create a chaotic situation in the city like the one that prevailed in Beirut. It was also a conspiracy against Pakistan, he added.
Memon also asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan why he was not taking any notice of such a threatening situation which seemed to be a conspiracy against the country.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has ordered an investigation into the threats being issued to the provincial minister for culture, Sassui Palijo, by a particular group.
The investigation was ordered after Sassui Palijo met the chief minister and informed him about the threats. Palijo told the chief minister that she, along with her family, had been threatened of dire consequences after she had voted on the resolution against the division of the province.
She said that the members of the group had sent her the threat on her cell phone as well as through email, the press release concluded. Meanwhile, no FIR was lodged at any police station in the city regarding the threats to the PPP legislators so far.
When contacted, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri termed the letters a cowardly act by certain elements. Marri said the mindset behind it was “threatened” itself, by the strengthening of the province, after the 18th Amendment and the new NFC Award.
There has always been propaganda against the democrats in Pakistan and the move is an example of such tactics, the minister stated.
She said the Pakistan People’s Party had continuously struggled for a strong and a democratic country. “Such cowards can only write letters because the resolve of the people of Sindh is far stronger than they can ever imagine.”