‘Faheem’s family in Faisalabad’

Published: April 2, 2011
Faheem's elder brother says that family accepted the blood-money for the sake of Pakistan.

Faheem's elder brother says that family accepted the blood-money for the sake of Pakistan.


The family of Faheem, one of the men shot dead by CIA agent Raymond Davis, is now reportedly settled in Punjab’s Toba Tek Singh district.

The family had disappeared after the release of Raymond Davis and the payment of diyat or blood money. Sources said Faheem’s brothers Akram, Saleem and Waseem, their parents and a sister are living with Muhammad Riaz Sampal, the deputy district attorney of Toba Tek Singh.

While locals confirmed that the family was living with the lawyer, Sampal told reporters on Friday that he had no clue about the family’s whereabouts. Residents also believe that government agencies and the police are aware that Sampal is sheltering the family. A special police van and armed commandoes have been deputed outside Sampal’s house, sources said.

Faheem’s family hails from the area and some of their relatives still live in their native homes. Ten years ago, Waseem worked as a tea boy at a stall in Peer Mehal Katchery and then as an office boy in Sampal’s law chambers. Three years later, Waseem found a job in Lahore and the family moved.

Akram, Faheem’s other brother said he has been residing here since the release of Davis, but did not confirm the presence of any other family member. Akram said his family received payment of blood-money to save Pakistan because the government had decided to release the US national.

For security reasons, the family is still in hiding, Akram said.“We were told that we may be threatened from groups, who were vigorously opposing the release of Davis, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 03rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Dr. Ali Ahmed
    Apr 2, 2011 - 8:03PM

    it would be great if the courts get active on the killing of womenfolk in the name of honor outside the court premises,

    Its high time for us, to fix ourselves rather than poking on others’ lives. their family member was killed, the killer accepted the charges and gave the compensation… why can’t we leave them now,

    why don’t we protest on the gurls being electrocuted or burned alive or acids r thrown on their faces.

    If we are not protesting on these issues, then I welcome more Davis to come and kill more as they say “do more, do more”Recommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 2, 2011 - 8:37PM

    The one thing consistent about this case is that you don’t have to wait long for an article to be printed which reverses something you read in a previous article. Maybe reporters should spend more time investigating rather than writing/speculating?Recommend

  • Wasif
    Apr 2, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Why is it so important to disclose the exact location of the families? What happened to ethical/responsible journalism? Or maybe its a slow news day?Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 2, 2011 - 11:18PM

    Media has not done good by revealing their hideouts. If something unfortunate happens to them then who will be responsible ???????Recommend

  • sane
    Apr 2, 2011 - 11:47PM

    please stop hounding them. they have a right to privacy. the other day a reporter from a private tv channel found one of the brothers and grilled him for over half an hour for ‘selling out the nation’ despicable!Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Apr 2, 2011 - 11:50PM

    The family if located will be killed. That is why they are in hiding.Recommend

  • MS
    Apr 3, 2011 - 12:33AM

    The media should work closely with the police because it seems that media is better at locating people. Lets open unsolved cases and find the criminals on the run! Different channels should compete..finally something good will come out of so many channels :-)Recommend

  • Sajid I. Barcha
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:39AM

    Express Tribune probably wants them killed. Idiots this is the news you are not supposed to report on. You should learn to “hold back” some news to save some lives, just like NYT did it. Recommend

  • John
    Apr 3, 2011 - 3:10AM

    Didi I not predict this? It is unlikely that they would have received US residencies. They most likely will go to Dubai for sanctuary until dust settles. Recommend

  • ozzy
    Apr 3, 2011 - 4:06AM

    everday this website gives me one more reason never to return to the country i call home… disgusting how the media thinks they can play God in pakistan… just hope the family is safe and no body else ends up dead cause of this report……prolly will be disappointed.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 3, 2011 - 4:08AM

    Pakistani media and newspapers will do anything for money. It is very irresponsible to disclose the location of the families. Obviously they are trying to hide from the “ghairat brigade” who will most probably kill them.Recommend

  • KR
    Apr 3, 2011 - 7:05AM

    For the sake of GOD we all need to leave these folks along, they have been through alot and we should pespect their privacy and let them find ways to start the healing process. Thanks Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2011 - 10:26AM

    It’s good that they are still alive. I was expecting Jamatis and the Wahabis to hound them. Thank God they are living. I hope they will be allowed to get to their normal lives. Recommend

  • Someoneclose
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:31AM

    What the hell are they doing in Toba Tek Singh….I thought they had some sense and would have been in Dubai or London by now! Recommend

  • @ibmlove
    Apr 3, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Does it matter now, where they go, where they live. The game is over.

    Please ISI and journalist, let the people to do something else, this is there private mater, no more a national affair when they tool blood money.

    Now ISI again want to use them, to clean its face among the public. Shame

    Oh no, extension in service.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Apr 3, 2011 - 6:23PM

    The media is responsible for making or marring the character of a nation! What more can
    one expect of them?Recommend

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