Man commits suicide in Lahore after losing Pakistan-Bangladesh match bet

Published: March 4, 2016
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Muhammad Shafiq, 50, committed suicide after he lost Rs30,000 on the Pakistan vs Bangladesh match

Muhammad Shafiq, 50, committed suicide after he lost Rs30,000 on the Pakistan vs Bangladesh match

LAHORE: Pakistan’s defeat against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup Twenty20 on Wednesday, cost a fan his life.

Muhammad Shafiq, 50, committed suicide a day after the match as he lost his entire salary in a bet on the match, his brother Muhammad Ramzan confirmed.

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The 50-year-old, a clerk in the Punjab Irrigation Department,  hung himself in his office after losing Rs30,000 in the bet.

According to reports, Shafiq left his house on Wednesday night after his wife asked him for money which he was unable to provide. His wife went to his office the next morning as he did not return home all night and found his body hanging from the fan.

Police officials handed over the body to Shafiq’s family after conducting an autopsy and other legal formalities. Shafiq left behind four children and a wife.

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“Shafiq had been a gambler for several years. His suicide came as a result of Pakistan’s defeat, which costed him Rs30,000,” Ramzan said.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 4, 2016 - 2:45PM

    Rule 101: never bet on the current Pakistan team winning.Recommend

  • AN
    Mar 4, 2016 - 5:26PM

    Sad. Old Anarkali is the hub of gambling dens in Lahore with the patronage of the police. Time the authorities check this menace. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Mar 4, 2016 - 6:10PM

    Bangladesh became a winner in 1971 and have not looked back!Recommend

  • sterry
    Mar 4, 2016 - 9:59PM

    @Haji Atiya: What is wrong with people like you ? The issue is with gambling and betting which can lead to tragic consequences. It occurs all over the world over football, hockey, tennis matches. So when people in Brazil died over foolish bets when the team lost, your response is to say don’t bet on Brazil. I wish your parents had taught you better. Shame on you.Recommend

  • Desi
    Mar 24, 2016 - 3:18PM

    @sterry:
    Oh hello…Chill !!!!. It is tragic that this man hung himself and suicide is a sin in it’s self. But still everyone knows that betting on Pakistan Team is ultimately gonna make you loose. And also Betting has been prohibited in Islam, then why do something which is prohibited. I know authorities should take proper notices and apprehend all those gamblers. But a person can refrain him/herself individually from doing it.Recommend

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