Chaudhry Aslam’s guard died thinking of a name for his five-day-old son

Published: January 11, 2014
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A taxi was also destroyed in the bomb blast that killed CID SP Chaudhry Aslam on Thursday. Debris was strewn across the site even a day after the attack. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS

A taxi was also destroyed in the bomb blast that killed CID SP Chaudhry Aslam on Thursday. Debris was strewn across the site even a day after the attack. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Kamran Khan will never know the name of his newborn son, smile at the baby’s first words or hold him tight when he takes his first steps.

On Thursday, when terrorists cut short the life of Crime Investigation Department (CID) SP Chaudhry Aslam, they also killed CID sub inspector Khan – Aslam’s personal security officer and driver. Another police officer also died in the same attack.

“Kamran was still thinking of a name for his younger son, who is only five days old,” cried his brother in-law Waheed. “Kamran would also be missing out on the first birthday of his elder son falling on January 18.”

The personal guard of the city’s protector, Khan, 36 remained a shadow to his superior, Chaudhry Aslam. A sturdy man, six feet tall, he copied Aslam’s commando style as he moved along with Aslam, quick to spring into action at the slightest command. An hour before Khan’s body was to be taken for funeral prayers and burial on Friday, his house in Qayyumabad echoed with screaming women and was surrounded by solemn men. Khan’s casket wrapped in a national flag and strings of fresh red roses hid his burnt corpse. Hysterical sisters and his numb wife sat around the body as other women moved forward to console them. “Kamran, we have lost you. Come back,” one sister sobbed.

The young man had joined the police force in 2002 as a constable in district South. In the past, he worked with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Irfanullah Marwat before becoming Aslam’s aide for the past seven years.

“Kamran would remain with his Sahib,” recalled a cousin, Iftikhar, adding that Kamran hardly took any days off and would come home for a few hours only as he was responsible for Aslam’s security.”Wherever Chaudhry sahib went, Khan went; wherever he stayed, he would stay as well.”

Khan’s younger brother, Rizwan, who is training to become a police officer, admitted his brother knew all about the threats. But would always say: “Allah maalik hai” [God will save us].

Khan’s family also belongs to Mansehra district, Chauhdry Aslam’s own hometown. The aggrieved members recounted that Kamran came home on Thursday at seven in the morning and then left again at 3pm to join Aslam. “He would always drive Chaudhry Aslam’s car but would never tell where they were going or which route they were taking.” Khan would always carry two 9mm pistols with him. “They found the magazines even with his body. Death of such officers is a big loss,” said another relative.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Jan 11, 2014 - 1:36AM

    Death, before even getting a life known. Silence.

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  • Hopeful
    Jan 11, 2014 - 3:55AM

    I salute you.

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  • Malik Hamza
    Jan 11, 2014 - 5:26AM

    So sad , these animals must be punished an hangedRecommend

  • Mohammad
    Jan 11, 2014 - 7:39AM

    Inna lillahi wa Inna illahi rai’joon

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 11, 2014 - 7:56AM

    إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

    May ALLAH (SWT) bless his soul, ameen sumah ameen.

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  • Bilal
    Jan 11, 2014 - 10:32AM

    RESPECT – These people protect regular citizens – May God give their families the strength to recoup from their loss.

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  • Zain
    Jan 11, 2014 - 2:14PM

    Your pakistani politicians are to be blamed. Stop gun culture completely its EVIL.

    Make some strict laws and throw the ones in jail who don’t accept the rules.Recommend

  • ali ahmed
    Jan 11, 2014 - 2:17PM

    what about common people dying daily due to target killing?there are no one to care after their family…govt should also do something for them..Recommend

  • AK
    Jan 11, 2014 - 3:23PM

    I am feeling so sadRecommend

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