‘He was only trying to save children from paralyses’

Polio worker Hilal Khan, 22, died at the Lady Reading Hospital after fighting for his life for 24 hours.

Noorwali Shah December 21, 2012

PESHAWAR: Hilal Khan, 22, died at the Lady Reading Hospital on Thursday after fighting for his life for 24 hours. He had severe injuries on the left side of his head after he was shot on Wednesday, the last day of the three-day campaign in Sherojangai area. 

Khan earned Rs300 a day during the anti-polio drive. It was enough money for him to support his studies after passing the secondary school examination as a private candidate.

His family never thought that taking part in the noble cause would become the pretext of his death.

Visibly disturbed relatives waited outside the neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit, hoping to get good news from the doctors. But by Thursday morning, Khan was pronounced dead. Since the bullet pierced through his head, there was no chance of survival.

The death toll of polio volunteers has increased to nine after Khan’s death. Two people died in Peshawar and Charsadda, while five were killed in Karachi on Tuesday in a string of attacks.  Hilal was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Wahid Garhi area on the outskirts of the city.

“My brother use to wait eagerly for campaigns and say everybody should play their role in making the country polio-free,” said Hilal’s brother Muhammad Jalal.

My father Wisal Khan is a taxi driver, he said, adding that they jointly contributed to household expenditures. “My brother was associated with polio campaigns since the past eight months.”

Muhammad Iqbal, Hilal’s uncle, said that they were still not clear who was behind the brutal attack. “He was only trying to save innocent children from paralyses.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2012.



javaid bashir | 8 years ago | Reply The young fellow was involvedin anti po[io drive, a great cause to save childern's lives. He was shot by some assailant that he has never met and had any enemosity These senseless killings are not only condemnable but alsocowardlyacts lamentable for the loss He died as a hero in the line of duty May Allah rest his soul in peace and give his family the patience to gear the loss Sincerely,


Falcon | 8 years ago | Reply The guy is a hero, an inspiration indeed. May his soul rest in peace. Rest assured, wherever he is now, his soul would be happy for having lived a noble cause.
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