'I will continue to fight for a greater cause'

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain re-iterated his strong stance against terrorism.


Express July 27, 2010

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain re-iterated his strong stance against terrorism, saying he would "fight for this greater cause" irrespective of his son's murder.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Mian Iftikhar said he waited to make his statements against the terrorists today, so that people could see that it was not a viewpoint presented in haste or in a moment of passion.
Had I made my comments on the same day, people would have taken it as a revenge of my son's death. But this is not the case. I am fighting for a much greater cause. There are scores of people who have laid their lives in the war against terror. My son is also one of them. We were here when a suicide bomber blew himself outside. Women have gathered to condole the death of my son.

Additionally, the KP information minister said that his son was martyred in the War on Terror, receiving 8 bullets in his body.
He was killed due to my role in the war against terror. My cousin tried to save him, but they shot four bullets in his head and four in his chest. They claimed that they had come to kill him. I don't know why they do such acts. Neither religion nor social norms permit us to attack women and innocent people. My son never exploited my position. He was killed because he was my son. The people who lost their lives in the suicide attack also belong to our family. Four policemen also lost their lives.

Mian Iftikhar also lauded the role played by women police officers who had prevented a suicide bomber from entering the women's' quarters of the family home.

COMMENTS (9)

Sadia Hussain | 11 years ago | Reply We should have zero tolerance for those who dubiously justify the horrible acts of Taliban; every Taliban Apologist must be shunned with full vigor. Anyone who dares questions the legitimacy of this war must also ponder upon the fact that we have lost over 21,600 civilians and around 8,700 military personnel in this war. How much more blood will make them realize that we are fighting a war of our own survival rather than an imposed battle. The bravery of Mian Ifthikar is exemplary despite of this tragic loss.
Rashid hassan | 11 years ago | Reply Salutes to you Mian Iftikhar! True to your name you have done proud to Pakhtuns and the nation by sacrificing your 'Lakht e Jigar', at the alter of chivalry and principles. If only half of our political leaders possessed even half the quality you have, terrorism would not have raised its ugly head. May God reward you, the nation cannot pay you back. May God grant you a long life and give you and your family the courage to bear the loss. May God terminate terrorism and it's perpetrators.
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