KARACHI: As the news spread of SHO Fawad Khan’s death spread, his family and friends found it difficult to reconcile with the sudden loss of the brave 45-year-old.
“He loved being a police officer and his police uniform,” said Khan’s teary brother-inlaw, Jawed Pervez. “He was a true jiyala of the Sindh Police.”
The Civil Lines police station SHO was one of the two policemen who lost their lives in the Lyari operation on Saturday. Having served in the police for the last 18 years, Khan was known to go after wanted criminals and gangs.
Outside his apartment on Jail Road, relatives, friends and well wishers stood in disbelief on the day of his demise. Khan, who was promoted to SHO last year, solved the Pizza Hut’s doorman murder case and was close to solving the murder case of a German organisation’s employee.
Two years ago, he served in Sudan in the United Nations peacekeeping force and was supposed to go back soon.
“He was so straightforward,so bold,” said Khan’s cousin, Khalid. “He served at nearly every police station in the city, from Darakshan to Gulshan-e- Iqbal to Saddar.”
Following his father’s footsteps, who was a high court lawyer, Khan had studied law at SM Law College. But he chose the police force over the judiciary. Khan, the eldest of six siblings, leaves behind four children.
His younger brother Sajjad, who works for the Crime Investigation Department, his wife, his sister and other family members all mourned his death but were proud of the services he rendered. “He was so brave,” said Khan’s sister-in-law.
“We were told that he was shot in the chest. For us he is a martyr.”
Khan’s namaz-e-janaza was held at the police quarters on Saturday night and on Sunday his body was taken to Peshawar for burial in the Chamkani village.