FC Commandant laid to rest

Published: August 5, 2010

Government will award Ghayur the Sitara-i-Shujaat for his services for the country. PHOTO: ABDUL GHAFFAR BAIG/EXPRESS

Government will award Ghayur the Sitara-i-Shujaat for his services for the country. PHOTO: ABDUL GHAFFAR BAIG/EXPRESS Security personnel gather by the burning car of FC chief Sifwat Ghayoor at the site of a suicide bomb in Peshawar on Wednesday. photo: AFP

PESHAWAR: The funeral prayers of FC Commandant Sifwat Ghayur have been offered at the Police Lines in Peshawar.

Several officials attended the funeral including Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Governor Owais Ghani, KP Information Minister and others.

Ghayur was martyred on Wednesday when a suicide bomber rammed into his vehicle in the Saddar area.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced a one-day mourning.

The late FC commandant was the cousin of KP Governor Owais Ghani and a brother-in-law of Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao.

He had also served as the Peshawar CCPO and a deputy director of the Intelligence Bureau.

The interior minister has announced that the government will award Ghayur the Sitara-i-Shujaat for his services for the country.

Updated from print edition (below)

Frontier Constabulary chief killed in suicide hit

The commandant of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) Sifwat Ghayyur and three other people were killed and 11 injured in a brazen suicide attack at a busy roundabout in the cantonment area of Peshawar on Wednesday.

“Sifwat Ghayyur drove out of his office situated on Sunehri Masjid Road. As soon as his vehicle stopped at a traffic signal, a teenage suicide bomber walked up to it and detonated the explosives strapped to his body,” Superintendent of Police Shafiullah Khan told journalists.

Khan said they have found the head and severed legs of the bomber.

Medics at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) told The Express Tribune that they received 13 casualties. Two of them were dead, while the remaining were wounded, four of them critically. The body of Ghayyur was taken to the nearby Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for autopsy.

“I was crossing the road when the suicide bomber walked over to the car of the FC chief which had just stopped at the traffic signal and detonated the charge,” Khan Muhammad, one of the injured told The Express Tribune from his bed at the LRH. “The car caught fire following the blast and I saw a head and severed legs at the site,” he added.

Senior Minister Bashir Bilour said the suicide attack targeted Sifwat Ghayyur. “We have lost a brave and great officer. He came out of his office and was targeted here,” he told journalists outside the FC headquarters.

Provincial Health Minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah confirmed four fatalities –Sifwat Ghayyur, his gunman and two passersby.

“Terrorists have changed their strategy. Now they are carrying out targeted killings of senior government officials,” Shah told journalists at the LRH.

However, he said the government would not bow down to terrorists and the fight against militancy would continue till the last terrorist was eliminated. Officials from the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) said that around eight kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack. Witnesses said that at least two vehicles could be seen in flames and a traffic police motorcycle thrown on its side after it had been sent flying across the road. Windowpanes of the nearby Deans Trade Centre were also smashed by the thud of the blast.

One witness said that he saw the explosion after a car approached the vehicle in which Ghayyur had been present.

Express News broadcast CCTV footage of a white car moving slowly on the road before the blast. A huge explosion erupted when the car neared two other cars seemingly parked on the side of the road.

DIG Sifwat Ghayyur was the second high-ranking police official to have been killed in a suicide attack in the provincial capital. City police chief Malik Muhammad Saad was also killed with several other policemen in a suicide attack in the Dilgaran area of the fabled Qissakhawni Bazaar on January 27, 2007. On February 11, this year Bannu city police chief Iqbal Marwat was injured in a suicide attack and later died of wounds.

On December 19, 2006, gunmen shot dead DIG Bannu Abid Ali and his driver in the Sra Khawra area on the outskirts of the city.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2010.

Reader Comments (24)

  • imran
    Aug 5, 2010 - 9:52AM

    What a brave and dedicated son of soil lost. MAY ALLAH THE ALMIGHTY BLESS HIS SOUL AND REWARD HIM WITH THE HIGHEST PLACE IN JANNAH-AMEENRecommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Aug 5, 2010 - 11:04AM

    The commandant of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) Sifwat Ghayyur laid his life with his boots on. Good Police Officers are a rare commodity in Pakistan. Some of very courageous officers of Police laid their lives in fight against the terrorists. I am joined by scores of my friends to salute this great son of Pakhtunkhwa.
    Today we should also remember Police officer Abid Ali and Malik Saad who laid their lives in similar circumstances. May God bless the departed soul and place them in the highest place in heavens.Recommend

  • Mohsin Khan
    Aug 5, 2010 - 11:47AM

    Today the nation mourns and pay tribute to the sacrifices of Safwat Ghayur, the brave son of the motherland who leads his troops from the front against terrorism. I have no words to express how i am feeling.Safwat Ghayur the man of character and charisma. i salute the martyrdom of Safwat Ghayur.Recommend

  • Farukh Sarwar
    Aug 5, 2010 - 3:21PM

    Indeed a very sad incident and a great loss; this guy is said to be true solider and always led his forces from the front.Recommend

  • Sadia Hussain
    Aug 5, 2010 - 4:01PM

    A sad reminder of the fact that our war against terror is far from over. The nation is indebted to these brave soldiers who have laid down their lives so that we live. The sacrifices of these men will not go in vain as we will not be deterred by these cowardly acts.Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2010 - 5:29PM

    He was a very good and honest Police Officer, Its a great loss of Police Department as well as of Pakistan. May God Bless him in the Paradise and give the power to his family to bear this loss.Recommend

  • Naveed Babar
    Aug 5, 2010 - 8:12PM

    We lost another brave son of Pukhtunkhwa, I think words are very small infront of Safwat Ghayur very Brave man, Courageous and legend officer of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa police, I just saw him on TV screen always with gun and leading his force, and I very rarely saw a high rank police officers in such role, I really wish that all Pakistani police force be gentlemen and brave like Safwat Ghayur. May ALLAH give the highest place in jannat-ul-firdous to Safwat ghayur and his friends and Bachmates Abid Ali and Malik Muhammad Saad.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 5, 2010 - 8:58PM

    In this hour of grief, I salute the slain FC Commandant who gave up his life in fighting against terrorism in Pakistan.

    There are many other brave soldiers who also gave up their lives in the line of duty.

    Such people will always be remembered in the history of Pakistan, as they are the ones who saved many precious human lives from the terrorists.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family members to bear the irreparable loss of the Commamdant who was dedicated in eradicating the menace of terrorism.Recommend

  • Musarrat Hilali
    Aug 5, 2010 - 11:11PM

    Sifwat, you will always be in our hearts and memories.Recommend

  • Faisal Shaji
    Aug 5, 2010 - 11:29PM

    Sifwat Ghayur is a true martyr. It was probably in his blood to serve Pakistan. Like grand father, Sardar Abdul Rab Nishtar, a companion of Quaid and Liaquat Ali, Sifwat was a true servant of the country. He has set a great example of being remain resulute in front of henious terror. More than anybody, Sifwat understood what is right and wrong for Pakistan. And he knew terrorists are after Pakistani nation and its unity. He laid down his life but his resolve would help his countrymen to understand things in a right perspective as to how defend the frontiers of the country as an ideologue. Salute to Sifwat Ghayur. Recommend

  • MUHAMMAD TARIQ KHAN
    Aug 6, 2010 - 12:04AM

    Another brave, upright & honest police officer lost in war against terror may Allah Almighty His blessing on him and rest his soul in peace. Recommend

  • Aug 6, 2010 - 8:40AM

    I was shocked to learn about the tragic death of a friend, an honest and hard working police officer. Another victim of terrorsm. May God bless the departed soul and grant courage to the family to bear this irreparable loss! Amen. Sifwat we will miss you always.Recommend

  • Shujaat Alam Khan
    Aug 6, 2010 - 10:03AM

    God is with you my shaheed friend. you will witness the talabans and their suicide squad accomodated in hell. ask the nearest angel about thier location and he will tell you that all of them are in hell.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Aug 6, 2010 - 3:07PM

    Shaheed live for ever. Salam to the brave men the soldiers of our lands, who give their lives to protect the people of Pakistan.
    Sifwat Gayyur shall live for ever and I pray more like him shall be born on this land every day. Its sad we lost over 100 lives of innocent people in Karachi over the killing of a single mpa but we as a nation dint even properly pay tribute to people like Sifwat…
    May Allah bless his soul in jannat forever Ameen, May Allah guide us and help the nation of Pakistan against all evils AmeenRecommend

  • dr.saiqa saleem
    Aug 6, 2010 - 3:33PM

    We salute the martyrdom of Mr.safwat ghayoor,May Allah bless him the choicest place in heavens above.The loss is irreperble to the family & to the motherland which at this time of difficulty do need brave soldiers like Malik Saad Shaheed,Abid Ali shaheed ,safwat ghayoor shaheed & many more …..May Allah save the rest of our soldiers,innocent people ,& our homeland from these heartless people! Ameen-ya rab ul aalamin!Recommend

  • ASP AFNAN AMIN
    Aug 6, 2010 - 3:56PM

    My salute to general sb….he was the finest officer had a crown of PSP service.It was an honour serving under his command at FC. I will always miss him and strive for what he had always taught us.May God Bless the departed soul and give courage to the bereaved family.AmenRecommend

  • Bangash
    Aug 6, 2010 - 6:27PM

    Good police officers are few in Pakistan and Sifwat Ghayur was one of them. May his sacrifices contribute towards the eventual defeat and eradication of barbaric Taliban and may God grant him Jannat and strength and success to his family in this world.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Aug 7, 2010 - 1:24PM

    Like many others was never too fond of the police before… till the war of terror forced on us, made me change my views completely and forver
    and it is the men like Sifwat Gayyur who are a shining example for not only the forces but the whole nation, I pray the police dept produces more fine men like him and we as a nation can learn to be thankful for such brave men…I never knew him in person but seeing every thing its like loosing some one so dear its the same feeling I feel when I read about soldiers like Rashid Minhas or Major Bhatti Shaheed, truly these are the true martyrs. I respect the forces more be it the police or the millitary, we sleep peacefully cause they are awake and alert, these people are paying the price with their families along with the nation not the politicians or the feudals. People who have
    served in the command of Sifwat Ghayyur, I pray they keep the example living they keep the light burning they keep him alive forever. May Allah give patience to the aggrieved but surely a very proud family of Sifwat.Recommend

  • Ijaz Ahmed
    Aug 7, 2010 - 4:14PM

    Our hearts are felt with grief on the loss of our hero whom we had always seen in the forefront of all operations in Peshawar. He was truly the lion of KP and will always remain in our hearts.

    One police official told me that FC people were not happy with him, he had dismissed many of them on disciplinary grounds. So there might be the possibility of somebody from the force informing about his whereabouts to Taliban…. Any comments???Recommend

  • abid
    Aug 7, 2010 - 9:46PM

    What a courageous and upright fellow, few in the police can match his calibre. And so handsome. May Allah grant him Jannah. Ameen.Recommend

  • Rehman
    Aug 8, 2010 - 1:39AM

    God bless Sifwat and you will be remembered by the people you fought for and the ideals you believed in. Only the courageous would have taken the tough assignments in NWFP let alone FC Commandant. How many more real sons of soils will we loose in policing the province. No wonder you were mentioned by Secretary Clinton. Salute your brave soul. May you rest in peace.Recommend

  • dr.saiqa saleem
    Aug 8, 2010 - 8:05AM

    Allah bless the martyrs with all comforts & pleasures tht You have promised & bless their closer & dearer people with patience,perseverance.You,almighty,better know Your deeds!Allah ,please bless our homeland with peace!Recommend

  • Mohammad Sohail
    Aug 16, 2010 - 1:44PM

    A brave and courageous son Khyber Pakthoon Khwa. He fought against the evils of our pak land like a true warrior, never let the fear come even near to him. A true hero of this war against evil. As he truly used to say ” I am going to clear up this scum from the face of earth”. We all love you. Your character will remain alive till the last breath of us. May Allah get you to Jannat Ul Firdous. AmeenRecommend

  • zeenat khan
    Sep 6, 2010 - 5:11AM

    He was an honest and brave officer. He made police dept proud.His shahadat brought tears in our eyes and still does.We miss him .MAY ALLAH BLESS HIM. Recommend

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