The Awami National Party on Monday announced that slain minister Bashir Bilour’s son Haroon Bilour will be his father’s successor and contest elections from the KPK-III constituency.
The decision was announced during a Qul held for Bashir Bilour. Barrister Haroon Bilour, who has served as a nazim for Town-I of the provincial capital, said leaders like his late father are not born every day.
He said he would try to fulfil the responsibilities vested upon him, adding that he was indebted to the provincial government for announcing a day of mourning over the killing of his father.
Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, K-P Governor Masood Kausar, Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, and federal and provincial ministers attended the Soyem along with party workers to express solidarity with the Bilour family.
Former Senate chairman Wasim Sajjad, JUI-F central secretary general Abdul Ghafoor Haider, JI former chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad, senators Shahi Syed, Afrasiab Khattak and Haji Muhmmad Adeel and Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan were also present on the occasion.
Bashir Bilour was targeted in a suicide attack on December 22 in Dhaki Nalbandi, as he was coming out of a political convention.
He was said to the face of the K-P assembly, and actively voiced concerns in all matters of legislation. A vocal critic of the Taliban, Bilour eventually paid the ultimate price for his political ideals.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 25th, 2012.