Ahmed Faraz’s stolen medals not yet found

Nishan-e-Imtiaz and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz were taken away during a house robbery


Qadeer Tanoli January 14, 2017
PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA

ISLAMABAD: On the 86th birth anniversary of renowned poet Ahmed Faraz, his son, a senator himself is still awaiting the recovery of his father’s medals stolen one and a half years ago.

During the proceedings of the Standing Committee of Interior and Narcotics, PTI’s Senator Shibli Faraz, the son of the late Ahmed Faraz, expressed concerns after police failed to recover two official medals stolen from his residence in G-6/3 sector of Islamabad.

Chairperson of the Senate panel Senator Rehman Malik of the PPP directed police officials to take quick action and recover the stolen items.

Death anniversary: Faraz remembered

Ahmed Faraz was born on January 12, 1931 in Kohat, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and he died on August 25, 2008.

Shibli Faraz told the The Express Tribune: “Nishan-e-Imtiaz and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz were bestowed upon my father but both were stolen during a robbery in my house. These items are still unrecovered,” he maintained.

Commenting on the burglary incident, he said his residence was situated along the Embassy Road in Islamabad and not in a remote area.

The panel had earlier taken notice of the robbery and directed the police to recover the stolen items as quickly as possible. However, culprits involved in the incident are still at large.

During the meeting, held at old PIPS Hall at the Parliament Lodges, Rehman Malik suggested awarding capital punishment to people involved in manufacturing toxic liquor under a new law

“In a lighter vein, I would suggest to test all politicians to determine whether or not they drink alcohol,” he said. Malik directed the secretary interior to submit a report on cases registered against manufacturers and suppliers of toxic liquor.

Most recently, at least 47 people were killed after consuming toxic liquor in Toba Tek Singh.

Senator Shahi Syed contended that alcohol was manufactured in the country for the Hindu community but it is mainly consumed by Muslims.

Malik condemned the torture of Tayaba, a 10-year-old domestic maid and said that he was deeply hurt. Applauding the Supreme Court for taking suo motu action on the incident, Malik directed the Chairman of NADRA to ensure the unblocking of genuine citizens’ CNICs as soon as possible.

When he was told about threats against NADRA officials in some areas of Balochistan, Malik ordered the secretary interior to provide security to NADRA personnel for quickly reopening offices that had been closed down.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2017.

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