Zafar Abbas Grieved

Peshawar: A top leader of the Pakistan People's Party NWFP and former provincial minister Syed Qamar Abbas was gunned down along with his relative in Hashtnagri late Sunday night. He was the brother of Syed Zafar Abbas, Urdu Times Los Angeles Bureau Chief.
Syed Qamar Abbas and his close relative Mohammad Ali and son of the top leader of Tehrik-e-Jafria Anwar Ali Akhunzada, were on their way home on a motorbike when unidentified miscreants sprayed bullets on the two near the Hashtnagri railway crossing at around 10.25 pm.
"The attackers used pistols to fire at the two riders of the motorbike," Capital City Police Officer Abdul Majeed Marwat told The News at the site of the incident.
Both, Abbas and Ali, received scores of bullets on their bodies. Abbas was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but expired on the way. Qamar Abbas had served the province as minister for prisons. He had also remained secretary general as well as senior vice president of the Pakistan People's Party NWFP Chapter. He was considered a close aide of Benazir Bhutto in NWFP. He was also a staunch leader of the Shia sect.
Qamar Abbas had sustained bullet injuries in the 1997 general elections in a clash with supporters of his rival candidate, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour.
The news of the death of Syed Qamar Abbas and his nephew shocked members of the Pakistani-American community in Los Angeles. In a message announcing the tragic death of Mr Zafar Abbas’ brother, the Urdu Writers Society, LA,said: “Hum Zafar Abaas kay gham maiN beraber kay shareek haiN. Khuda Merhoomeen ko Jannat-ul-firdoas maiN jaga ata fermaaey.” Pakistan Link shares the loss of the bereaved family. May Allah grant Mr Zafar Abbas and his family members the courage and fortitude to bear the loss. May the departed souls rest in peace. (Ameen)



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
2004 . All Rights Reserved.