Noted religious scholar shot dead in Mardan

Published: October 3, 2010
An educationist was killed when unidentified men opened fire at him.

An educationist was killed when unidentified men opened fire at him.


Gunmen shot dead prominent religious scholar and the first vice-chancellor of the proposed Swat Islamic University, Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan, in Mardan district on Saturday.

Two gunmen entered Dr Farooq’s clinic in the Baghdada neighbourhood of Mardan during lunch break and opened fire on him, a source told The Express Tribune.

When one of his clinic attendants tried to save Dr Farooq, the attackers also shot him dead. Witnesses say both gunmen were in their late twenties and were wielding pistols. Both fled the scene in a car after the shooting.

Dr Farooq was ferried to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to the autopsy report, he was shot five times in the chest.

Dr Farooq, 55, used to spend two days at his clinic during a week, which was located  adjacent to the clinic of his wife, Dr Rizwana Farooq, a gynaecologist.

Police threw a security cordon around the area and mounted a manhunt for the gunmen. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing. But District Police Officer Waqif Khan told journalists that it could be linked to the ongoing militancy in the region.  Dr Farooq Khan had no enmity with anyone and there were no reports of any kind of threats to his life.

Residents of Mardan expressed anger at the incident. Local traders pulled down their shutters to protest Dr Farooq Khan’s killing.

In Swat, too, the incident was strongly denounced by people from all walks of life.

“Whoever killed Dr Farooq Khan is an enemy of Pakhtuns who want to keep them illiterate,”

Niaz Ahmad Khan, a local journalist, told The Express Tribune, “Why are educationists and scholars being killed ruthlessly? It is an attempt to stop us from acquiring education,” added Waqar Khan, a college student.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • S. Ali Raza
    Oct 2, 2010 - 3:30PM

    Poor man had resigned from Jamaat-e-Islami just last week. Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Oct 2, 2010 - 7:23PM
  • Gul Afghan
    Oct 2, 2010 - 10:20PM

    Innah lillahi wa inna ilaihe raajeon,
    May his soul be in peace. He was one of the best columnist in pak history. He great person i’ve ever come through… We are deprived of another pearl..Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Oct 2, 2010 - 11:08PM

    Dr Farooq was a great scholar, and a rare voice of moderation, reason and tolerance. Though a Psychiatrist by training, he knew more about Islam than our Maulanas and Allamas and raised his voice against extremisim continously and cosistently. His demise is a great loss for Pakistanis in general and Pashtuns in particular. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Oct 2, 2010 - 11:48PM

    One of the best and most outspoken moderates of Pakistan.. He had left Jamaat-e-Islami quite a long time back (Mr. S. Ali Raza is mistaken) . Was a great person and had amazing clarity of thought .. A brave guy to have stood and lived in Swat while he opposed taliban. Definitely a Shaheed in the name of God. Recommend

  • basharat
    Oct 4, 2010 - 12:36AM

    He was tolerant and to some extent moderate also ? Reason and tolerance are not allowed.Recommend

  • Bilal Raza Qadri
    Oct 4, 2010 - 5:40PM

    Dr. Farooq raised his voisce against Taliban atrocities and questioned the Islaimic basis of their acts. The taliban only know the language of guns so committed this act. So our Goverment should also talk to them in their language only.Recommend

  • Mohammad Farid khan Khattakyar
    Oct 4, 2010 - 6:02PM

    Dr farooq khan was an eminent international writer and muslim scholar we the people of pakistan really missed such a renounce scholar . it is the duty of the govt to follow his killer and give them sever punishment.
    May God rest his soul in peace.Recommend

  • Sadia Hussain
    Oct 5, 2010 - 4:19PM

    The Taliban once again show how much respect they hold for humanity, by killing a scholar and educationalist. The killing Dr.Farooq is an attempt to silence those who have taken up the cause of refuting Taliban propaganda.Recommend

  • Oct 26, 2010 - 7:14PM

    Salam to all viewrs. i slute to late dr farooq ahmad khan due to his matchless behaviour.Recommend

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