Nobel Peace Prize for Bashir Bilour, recommends Senate

Published: January 21, 2013
Bilour, a vocal critic of the Taliban, was 69 and had survived at least two assassination attempts and other acts of reprisal. PHOTO: FILE

Bilour, a vocal critic of the Taliban, was 69 and had survived at least two assassination attempts and other acts of reprisal. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday passed a unanimous resolution recommending the government nominate Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) senior minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour — who was killed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan — for the Nobel Peace Prize, reported Express News.

At least eight other people – including Bilour’s secretary and a local police official – were killed in a suicide attack that took place during a political meeting of the Awami National Party (ANP) in the Dhaki Nalbandi neighbourhood of Peshawar in December last year.

Bilour, a vocal critic of the Taliban, was 69 and had survived at least two assassination attempts and other acts of reprisal. He is survived by two sons and three daughters.

Bilour had served as the provincial president of the ANP two times in his career.

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  • Nav
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:08PM

    The sentiment is noble but the Prize is not awarded posthumously.


  • Imran
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:08PM

    While the gesture is good, but I think you have to be alive to receive the award.


  • Return The Head
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:12PM

    Validity of the demand aside, doesn’t the Senate know that the Nobel Peace Prize is never given posthumously? In fact Alfred Nobel explicitly stated this in his will.
    This is the reason why Mahatma Gandhi never got the Nobel Prize and why it is one of the greatest controversies of all time.


  • Pessimist
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:14PM

    What a silly & incompetent move by our Senate.
    Instead of awarding Mr. Bilour awards and naming roads after him, why not carry on his mission? The best way to honor his memory is to continue the fight against terrorism.


  • Umer
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:19PM

    The nobel prize nominee must be alive at the the time of nomination.

    Src: wikipedia


  • Azeem Bilour
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:32PM

    After all the sacrifices Bashir Bilour has given, he deserves a Nobel Prize, in favour of this!


  • Azeem Bilour
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:33PM

    After all the sacrifices Bashir Bilour has given, I think he deserves a Nobel Prize, in favour of this!


  • Saeed
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:45PM

    For what .? What peace ? This shows how uneducated and useless our legislators are. If anyone deserves a prize Nobel or any other it’s Abdus Sattar Edhi.


  • Jan 21, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Guess Rehman Malik banned wikipedia in National Assembly network.


  • Jamal Mustafa
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Bashir Bilour must be alive until coming October (2013) to be eligible for the Noble Peace Award … Someone convey this ‘news’ to the Senate. The award is for the living human beings!!! duh!!!


  • Jim
    Jan 21, 2013 - 8:08PM

    Yes, yes. Also another Nobel Prize for Malala, one for Edhi, one for BB, and one for Rehman Malik too. Anyone feeling left out. Oh right, Mushahid Mandela Hussain. While at it Senate should demand a Economics Nobel for Gilani, he of the let’s-pint-more-notes fame. Truly, what a sad, ignorant nation as Kamal Siddiqi has pointed out.


  • Adnan
    Jan 21, 2013 - 8:34PM

    I think Mr. Zardari should be nominated for prize, for bring peace and harmony among all the political parties in Pakistan. Bravo Mr. Zardari Tusi great hoo!!!


  • Paki
    Jan 21, 2013 - 8:35PM

    And I nominate myself for the Nobel Peace Award. Seriously what a joke. Although every Pakistani has utmost respect for late Mr. Bilour but what about the other 8 people who were killed in the same incident. They must have the same opinion as Mr. Bilour. What did they do wrong to be not considered for the prize?

    What about 40,000+ people who have lost their lives? Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 21, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Malala deserves one and I am hopeful she brings one to Pakistan. Edhi also deserves.


  • Jan 21, 2013 - 8:55PM

    Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.
    (A peace congress, in international relations is defined as a diplomatic meeting to decide on a peace treaty to carry out dispute resolution in international affairs, and prevent wars)
    It is expected that before recommending someone for Nobel prize for Peace the criteria to make one eligible should have been kept in mind.
    The senate’s decision . appears as a gesture of respect ( and nothing more).


  • Zalim singh
    Jan 21, 2013 - 9:11PM

    how about Parvez Musharaff. Oh and Qadri too.


    Jan 21, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Is the Noble peace prize being recommended for running Pakistan Railways into ground to expand the trucking business.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 21, 2013 - 9:22PM

    It is very strange for me to know that none of the members of the Senate knows that Nobel Peace Prize is NOT awarded by the Nobel Committee on the basis of recommendation of any body or the Government of Pakistan.

    It is the sole discretion of the Nobel Peace Committee to determine as to whom the Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded.

    Had this been the case, last year Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi’s name was recommend by someone from Pakistan, by it did not happened at all.

    For God’s sake, increase your knowledge and visit the website of the Nobel Peace Committee so that such recommendation should not be made by any one from Pakistan in future, as the world laugh on us due to lack of knowledge of Pakistanis.

    There is no doubt that the Mr. Bashir Bilour has given his life for the sake of peace, but it is beyond the control of any one to recommend the name of any person on the basis that he is a Pakistani.


  • Khan of Cape Town
    Jan 21, 2013 - 9:22PM

    Both have similar executioners, and both suffered for the same cause. One died, the other somehow survived. Lets give it to MALALA. Mr. Bilour’s soul will be happy to see that.


  • C. Nandkishore
    Jan 21, 2013 - 9:52PM

    And one for me. After all I may be the biggest “rejected comments” person of ET.


  • The Hanging Sword
    Jan 21, 2013 - 10:05PM

    lol, How dare you ask for Nobel Prizes? Does this nation even deserve a nobel Laureate? We saw what you did with the first and only Nobel Nobel Laureate of this country. Great Job done by stating him an apostate, Great job done by desecrating his Gravestone, Great job done by not offering him a state funeral, Great Job done by threatening them man when he was alive. Now you want a Nobel Prize, WOW!!!


  • Yousafzai
    Jan 21, 2013 - 10:33PM

    I am not against Bashir Bilour, but in my opinion I see Edhi sb the most suitable candidate for Nobel Prize, he deserve much more then rest.


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jan 21, 2013 - 11:03PM

    The Nobel Peace Prize cannot be awarded posthumously. It is however, best that the President should continue campaigning for Nobel Prizes for Edhi Sahab as well as Malala Yousufzai.


  • Parvez
    Jan 21, 2013 - 11:14PM

    Just goes to show how utterly useless our law makers really are.


  • Raza Khan
    Jan 21, 2013 - 11:26PM

    AAZ should be nominated Noble Price!


  • janan
    Jan 22, 2013 - 12:07AM

    Its just sad to know that there wasnt a single senator who knew the noble prize cannot be awarded posthumously! I strongly urge the govt to pass a resolution recommending bilawal zardari for the peace prize! I mean he is afterall trying to learn urdu and breaking down barriers and stuff?!


  • SM
    Jan 22, 2013 - 12:13AM

    Utter nonsense.


  • SM
    Jan 22, 2013 - 12:14AM

    @Azeem Bilour:
    What sacrifice did he make? Other than stop lining his pocket and yours perhaps as well.


  • SM
    Jan 22, 2013 - 1:05AM

    @Azeem Bilour:
    Can you tell us how you can up with this logic?


  • Jan 22, 2013 - 2:04AM

    i agree bashir ahmad bilor should be nominated for noble peace awar.


  • Jan 22, 2013 - 2:13AM

    i agree bashir ahmad bilor should be nominated for noble peace award.


  • Singh
    Jan 22, 2013 - 2:19AM

    Recommend noble prize to Azizi of Hasbe Hall.


  • Lone Star
    Jan 22, 2013 - 3:33AM

    Utterly non-sense, what did we do to our “only” nobel laureate?? We are bunch of thankless group of people divided by the faiths and ethnicity.


  • Sudheer
    Jan 22, 2013 - 3:52AM

    Late Shri Bashir Ahmed Bilour, certainly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his exemplary bravery and principled stand/fight against terrorism representing disgusting ideology based purely on hatred. But, in my view, before asking others to recognize the greatness of her son of the soil, the upper house of Pakistani Parliament, should’ve recommended or conferred him with the highest award of the land he was born, fought and died for.
    However, no matter what the awarding rules or criteria of the Nobel Prize say, I personally think that by conferring Peace award to Mr.Bilour, the Nobel Prize Committee would only be honoring the award itself.
    It is much-much better to honor a person of impeccable integrity, than awarding a totally undeserving political entity like European Union.


  • omkar
    Jan 22, 2013 - 4:07AM

    Since when has the Nobel Committee started accepting recommendations for Nobel prize?


  • janaan
    Jan 22, 2013 - 4:51AM

    the best tribute to Bashir Bilour will be to Launch OPS BILOUR and OPS MALALA to eliminate TTP and all affiliate terrorists entities in Pakistan.


  • Polpot
    Jan 22, 2013 - 6:29AM

    @Zalim singh: Since Pakistan has so many well deserving Nobel Prize Candidates, I suggest that it should launch Nobel Prizes (P)
    That way all aspirants can be accommodated and interference from Stockholm can be eliminated..


  • Jan 22, 2013 - 11:12AM

    Noble prize is not awarded after death or posthumously.


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