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Bashir Ahmed Bilour laid to rest


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Funeral prayers being offered for ANP's Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour. -Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP)'s Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour was laid to rest at the Syed Hassan Pir graveyard on Sunday after his funeral prayers were offered at the Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Satdium (Army stadium) in Peshawar Cantt area.

Presidential spokesman Farhattullah Babar and a large number of political leaders belonging various parties, including the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid ( PML-Q) among others, were present in the funeral procession.

A large number of ANP party workers and city residents also joined the procession of the slain ANP leader.

Around 2,000 personnel of the Army, police and FC were deployed around the stadium as part of strict security arrangements.

Bilour was buried in the Syed Hassan Pir graveyard next to the grave of Shabbir Ahmed Bilour, who was believed to be his son and had been adopted by his brother Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.

A national day of mourning was announced by the prime minister due to the tragedy.

Earlier today, the funeral prayer of Noor Mohammad Khan, Bilour's personal secretary for almost 25 years, was held in the Kakshal area of Peshawar following which the funeral was taken to his ancestral village for burial.

The funeral prayers and burial of Abdul Sattar Khan, a police Station House Officer (SHO) escorting Bilour, were also held earlier in the day.

FIR for the suicide blast incident that killed Bilour and eight others was registered at a police station in Peshawar.

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Neer Nayan Dec 23, 2012 06:13pm
A deeply soulful prayer for the 'Eternal Peace' of Jenab Bashir Ahmed Bilour Sahib, a rare gem of Pakistan, as well as of the Universal Hope for Compassion Towards All the Creations of ALLAH TAALA! Martyrs never die.. They are eternal.. They leave behind much more than what we common breathing beings can ever dream of! A brave heart son of the soil deserves salutes from all ! Prayers again..
Engr. Faisal Pervaiz Dec 23, 2012 11:55am
He was a brave man, May Allah Bless him , Ameen.
khan Dec 23, 2012 05:47pm
sandip Dec 23, 2012 04:40pm
It is already wasted. The name will stay in FIR for couple of years and then moved to cold cases. End of it.
shahidmasud12 Dec 23, 2012 02:40pm
I could not even imagine that dawn can print any news without being verified, perhaps I was wrong. It is totally insane to suggest that Shabir Ahmad Bilour Shaheed was a son of Mr Bashir Ahmad Bilour Shaheed and was adopted by Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour .
Mark Dec 23, 2012 04:35pm
Best revenge is to strengthen the masses through education. Mark
Shy Dec 23, 2012 04:34pm
Bad news.
faisal Dec 23, 2012 04:28pm
Mr. Bilour...Respect.
Shahid Dec 23, 2012 04:23pm
A black day for Pakistan as well, we respected him in Punjab as well as in KPK.
Muhammad Dec 23, 2012 02:37pm
Bilour was a brave man, who raised his voice against terrorists. Therefore, the terrorists killed him. Is it the fear due to which the other so-called leaders are not doing anything about terrorism?
Dr Nadim Akhtar Dec 23, 2012 11:33am
Dear Bliour sahib you have scarificed your life for our children. One of few leaders in Pakistan who had a clear stance on extremism. This country nation is indeted to you. May Allah grant you a place in paradise
Syed Dec 23, 2012 02:37pm
Hats off to Bashir Bilour for his courage in fight against terrorism, may Allah rest his soul in peace. Before every sane leader/person in this country is killed, we need to wake up and get rid of this menace called Taliban, both good (if there is any such thing) and bad ones.
Saadia Dec 23, 2012 02:03pm
Another victim of terrorism, indeed a very sad day for Pakistan.
javedkhan Dec 23, 2012 12:58pm
One of the worst day of the history of keyber pakhtoon khwa which will be remembered as a black day for Pakhtoons where we lost one of the great lover and well wisher of the country and as well as of pakhtoons
ejaz ali Dec 23, 2012 12:47pm
Bilour sahib your sacrifice won't go waste ! In fact your sacrifice is supreme recognition of your conviction that you wanted to see this nation as liberal, democratic, progressive and this society as more tolerant and educated one. Your sacrifice is beacon for all other political and religious leaders that you never bowed against extremism despite being surrounded by this menace all your life. May God All mighty open the door of heavens for you and other innocent people like you, I pray that, God give us the courage and wisdom to promote the message through your Great Sacrifice.
Mohsin Ali Dec 23, 2012 12:45pm
Another thing i want to say is that Taliban are good people as they are the real agents of those forces who want to erase Pakistan from the map of the world. So it is the time now for Pakistan to decide that a forceful operation should be launched against them.
Aftab Naqvi Dec 23, 2012 12:40pm
ALLAH karim Bashir Ahmad Bilour shaheed ki mughfarat farmaen.. ANP ki leadership , workers , Usman Bilour aur sab family ko sabar aur himmat den .. Aameen
Mohsin Ali Dec 23, 2012 12:42pm
It is one of the worst act of terrorism in which a great person and lover of country lost his life. It is a real shock for all the people who love Bashir Ahmed Bilour.
Muhammad Farooq Dec 23, 2012 03:54pm
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bashir Ahmed Bilour. May his soul rest in peace. He paid a heavy price of his life for siding with the principles of truth. Ultimately his killers would be real losers here in this world and the hereafter. It is high time that all political parties be united on one point agenda - eliminate terrorism and cleanse Pakistan of all sorts of extremism as the very survival of the country depends upon achieving this one single objective. Faith, Unity and Discipline are still as valid today as they were at the time of gaining independence.
Reality Check Please? Dec 23, 2012 01:20pm
Mr. Bilour stood aginst these Terrorists! We respect you and pray for you!
True Pakistani Dec 23, 2012 01:11pm
Indead ANP is fighting for Riyasat and not Siyasat. Every Political Party should learn from ANP how to fight for a country.
muzlee Dec 23, 2012 01:11pm
this is indeed a big loss to pakistan. he was very brave and had a clear stance on terrorism , who lost his life for the children of pakistan. now the government must take some serious action against these culprits and eradicate them , otherwise these culprits dont led us to live a peaceful life. May Almighty Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant patience to the bereaved family to bear this loss. Ameen Muzlee ISB
Nasir Dec 23, 2012 01:10pm
very sad news that The greaterst leader of KPK martired in cowerdly terrorist attack
Gerry D'Cunha Dec 23, 2012 03:12pm
I am sorry for the sudden death of Bashir Ahmed Bilor at the hands of the taliban. Is the reward for dollar 1 million still on the table for taliban by Ghulam Ahmed Bilor?
dialogueforpeace Dec 23, 2012 01:30pm
With attacks like these, TTP are clearing the way for their apologists.
shahidmasud12 Dec 23, 2012 08:15pm
Yet another name to the names of Pakistan's martyrs. Bashir Ahmad Bilour was a brave man of valor and integrity assassinated by cowards who wouldn't dare to face him and rather have him killed by a suicide bomber. Today Pakistan has lost a brave soldier in the war against terrorism but make no mistake!! His end will bring an uprise to many Bashir Bilours and they will keep fighting this war against terrorism!!!! Bashir Bilour your loss has left us devastated but your memory and your legend shall live forever in our hearts! May Allah rest your soul in peace.
Cyrus Howell Dec 23, 2012 09:08pm
"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death." -- Adolf Hitler
Dr Nadim Akhtar Dec 23, 2012 11:08pm
Almost all the comments below are paying respect to Shaheed Bilour but if you look there are some thumbs down on almost all these comments. This really shows that the evil mindset is never too far away. Some people don't even have the decency to show respect to the deceased, but they consider themselves champions of Islam.
Khan Usafzai Dec 23, 2012 11:14pm
Allah de ubakhey ...Ameen. In Pakistan when most of the politician are acting as demagogues to come forward and condemn n fight against terrorism, he was a straight forward Person who fought for his believe and i will always respect you for that .... Only few people have the courage to fight in the battlefield , sitting and criticizing is easy job like many do and are attaching even now ifs and buts to your sacrifices ....
Rishtya Dec 24, 2012 03:27am
Media is trying to glorify a politician turned 'martyr' while ignoring the 8 others who lost their life. Those who knew Bilour are well aware his contributions to this nation are negligible. He was only active for self-serving purposes and for building his family empire made of illegal gotten wealth. His name has become synonymous with corruption of all kinds, but the media has turned him into a martyr. May God forgive him.