Mian Iftikhar’s son laid to rest

Published: July 25, 2010
The anti-Taliban 
K-P information 
minister was on the militants’ hit list. PHOTO : APP

The anti-Taliban K-P information minister was on the militants’ hit list. PHOTO : APP

Funeral prayers of Mian Rashid Hussain, the sole son of Khyber Pukhtukhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain were offered in Pabbi.

Chief Minister of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Hoti, senior ANP leadership and people from all walks of life attended the funeral. Strict security arrangements were made for the funeral. Police officials have said that Rashid’s murder was a target killing, and an FIR has been registered against three unidentified men.

Speaking to the media outside Mian Iftikhar Hussain’s residence in Peshawar,  Hoti said maximum security is being provided to individuals who are on the hit list of terrorists.

Updated from print edition (below).

Mian Iftikhar’s son gunned down

Unidentified assailants shot dead the son of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain outside his residence on Saturday evening in what is suspected to be a targeted hit by Taliban-linked militants.

Provincial Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.

According to Hoti, the 26-year-old Mian Rashid Hussain was shot by two men on a motorcycle as he walked outside his house with his cousin Amjad, who was injured in the incident. Rashid, however, died on the spot. He was Mian Iftikhar’s only son.

The body of the information minister’s son was taken to Pabbi Satellite Hospital following the incident. According to the post-mortem report, Rashid was hit multiple times – shot in four times the head and six times in the chest. Amjad, his cousin, was safe, shot only in the leg, and was taken to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, where, according to media officer Jamil Shah, his condition is not critical.

Investigations into the murder are under way, but family members are convinced that the incident was a targeted hit. Militants had been hurling threats at Mian Iftikhar for  a while now, and it had been reported on several occasions that his name, along with most of Awami National Party (ANP)’s leaders, was on the hit list of militants. Mian Iftikhar is also the most vocal critics of the Taliban in the provincial government.

Bashir Ahmad Bilour, senior minister in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government, squarely blamed the Taliban for the attack. “Mian Iftikhar Hussain has always raised a voice against terrorists and this was the only reason that his son was attacked,” he said. However, he has vowed to never bow down to them.

The killing has been widely condemned, including by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and Interior Minister Rehman Malik. Following the murder, people, including politicians such as Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, gathered at Iftikhar Hussain’s home in Pabbi. Due to security reasons, people who were there to pay their respects and participate were moved from the house to the nearby mosque.

Rashid’s family member Haji Niaz said that Rashid had recently completed his post-graduate degree in Political Science from Peshawar University and was working as an assistant director in Peshawar Development Authority. He was due to be married soon, Niaz added.

The funeral will be held today (Sunday) at 11 am.

(with additional reporting from wires)

Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • b a khan london
    Jul 25, 2010 - 2:23AM

    im very sad about this such bad news this morning i pray to allah bliss his soil and give him janah.and allah give saber to mian iftikhar sahib and his famley ameen suma ameen.Recommend

    Jul 25, 2010 - 8:49AM

    This is called a real sacrifice for this country ,on principle.
    The whole nation stand with you in this hour of grief and sorrow..Mian Iftikhar Hussain SB ,we are proud of you and your family and salute you sir.Recommend

  • Abbas Hussain
    Jul 25, 2010 - 11:02AM

    it is called the brave Pakistani, who even sacrificed his son in the way of Allah Almighty and for his beloved Country Pakistan. Sir Mian Iftikhar, may Allah Almighyt bless you and may Allah Almighty give you and your family more strength to face the loss of your beloved son who was martyred in the way of making peace in the region and this is the lessons and teachings of Allah Almighty to sacrifice even your family in the way of peace and making Islam in the pinnacle of success. May Allah Give you Saber Jameel, with your family. Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 25, 2010 - 11:37AM

    Another innocent life taken away – another innocent soul bites the dust !

    The only son of the man who refuses to mollycoddle to the terrorists pays the price and gives the ultimate sacrifice.

    The pain he must be suffering is incalculable. The life sentence he gets for the crime his son never committed – Lord, give him patience and enough drive to chase each one of those murderous thugs down to their last refuge. For what does not kills you makes you stronger and more strength to those that want to fight this ruthless enemy embedded within us. This scourge must end. This fight for our survival must go on till we rid our nation of these barbarians called taliban.Recommend

  • muhammad iqbal
    Jul 25, 2010 - 11:54AM

    This is really brutal act. killing of a human is the killing of all humanity. it is really threatening that innocent people are being killed; but no one knows by whom. Recommend

  • F. U. Khan
    Jul 25, 2010 - 2:57PM

    When this brutality will end the “Khoon-e-Nahaq” (innocent blood) is seeping and absorbing in the land of my country. We should stop such brutality done by any corner and any end. Recommend

  • saadraja
    Jul 25, 2010 - 3:57PM

    this is written with true that i and Islamabadians never like anp party before.but time by time anp shows it strenght and courage against terrorium and justice..allah tallah peace in iftikhar,s heart and soul with its all family.his and there son die on the name of country and rules of brave hearts and justice for peoples and country.allah give him its all mercy.and insallah he is …
    ANP is on right path regarding terrorism.
    we r ur son and brother mian iftikhar ,dnt worry inshallah god give u more sons and strenght to fight agains sin and terrorism..
    allah give him mercy and forgive him,our prayer is with u.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Jul 25, 2010 - 4:54PM

    how much tears would you like to see
    in the eyes of father of the slain.

    In fact you are disable to feel agony of others.

    you are not muslim and not human being,
    you are a stone,stone of hell.

    remember, all have to go,including you
    and appear before the court of justice
    there would be justice no injustice
    you violated and violating the fundamental principles
    of human being,religion Allah almighty given in holy book Quraan and Hadis of the last prophet.

    you are fuel of hell.Recommend

  • mohammad jehan zeb
    Jul 25, 2010 - 5:23PM

    This is the most cruel act of terrorism.Mian sahab is a true sapoot of pakistan.he was very close to Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan(BACHA KHAN)and Mian sahab has proved that he is one of the most brellient pakhtoon leader.I salute his courage and praying for his son to rest in jannat-ul-firdoos.It also proves that our country still have the leaders who can sacrifie his loveones for the country.I want to salute all the ANP leaders.A very big shame on TALIBAN for this cruel act…Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Jul 25, 2010 - 5:50PM

    You have safe havens
    and made the life of others hell
    that is well.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Jul 25, 2010 - 6:00PM

    Pakistan army,
    during the operation
    killed twenty one militants
    that is true news.

    you have made a unbridgeable distance
    by killing innocent people
    that is fruit of your illegal
    and in human activities
    carried on the ignorant clerics
    who have no real sense of Islam.Recommend

  • Amjad Khan
    Jul 26, 2010 - 5:49PM

    Its a sad news,I am pakistani Christian. I pray may God give peace to Mian Iftikhar’s family (Amen) Recommend

  • Shahmir Ali Khan
    Jul 26, 2010 - 7:33PM

    All of Pakistan stands with Mian Ifikhar Hussain during this huge personal loss. This is madeness. We will never surrender our country to these murderers. They will have to kill us all first!Recommend

  • Farhan
    Jul 26, 2010 - 9:02PM

    Lets salute to this ANP leader for his brave posture before the brutality of monsters, who were never critised by our coward leaders in musharraf regime when this cancer was mushrooming.Recommend

  • Khadim Hussain Subhpoto
    Jul 27, 2010 - 1:38AM

    These killers are barbarians. They are worse than beasts. It is beneath humanity to call them humans. They are devils. They are grossly misguided. By killing innocent people they have destroyed their world. Their abode in the Hereafter is nowhere but hell. All patriotic Pakistani condemn this brutal and vicious killing. I express my heartfelt condolences to Mian Iktikhar and pray to Almighty Allah to grant him fortitude to bear this colossal loss. May his son rest in peace! I am sure such sacrifices will not go in vain. These enemies of Islam and Pakistan are soon going to meet their logical end. I believe the day is not far when we will be able to purge our society from such devilish and evil-minded people from our society with strong collective resolve to root out terrorism and extremism from our dear homeland.Recommend

  • Jul 27, 2010 - 3:13PM

    I am very sad, may Allah Almighty give Iftikhar more strength to bear these moments with courage, the dark days are going to be over soon, Pak Army has crushed Zaliman, the remaining some will also be gone soon. Recommend

  • Mian Qaiser Bashir
    Jul 28, 2010 - 12:18AM

    Most respected Mian Iftikhar Saab,
    It is not only ur sorrow, it,s of all of us,we equally remain with u on this most sad occasion,Rashid has not only made u proud but,all of us,Rashid Sacrifice will not go in vain and now inshallah we all will be with u,in the place of Rashid Shaheed, same like ur son, ur brother, ur fellows,in ur this Anti- terrorism mission,May Allah give u more strength to bear this colossal loss,all the nation Salute ur Courage,and the sacrifice of Rashid Shaheed,Mian saab in ur todays press conference u have proved a brave Pukhtoon leader…… I whole heartedly Salute to ur courage,Vision,and to ur Mission……….Rashid Shaheed will remain in our hearts and minds for rest of our life…..Recommend

  • Aemal
    Jul 28, 2010 - 4:30PM

    Red Salute to Mian Iftikhar Hussain for his Bravery and Bold Stance against ZALIMAN and their partners.
    ANP is the only party in Pakistan which is fighting with these monsters and Raising voice against Talibanisation.Recommend

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