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Deputy Collector Customs Quetta, Dr. Abdul Quddus Sheikh, was severely beaten and succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning in Karachi.
Dr. Sheikh was beaten by suspected smugglers at Gahi Khan Chowk when he was returning home after seizing smuggled goods during an operation in Kolpur area of Quetta. According to reports, unidentified men stopped his car, beat him severely and fled. He suffered from ruptured lungs and a broken jaw.
Deputy Commissioner Islamabad shared the news of the attack on his Twitter account. He informed that Dr. Sheikh was in critical condition after being beaten by a gang of smugglers. The custom official went into a coma after enduring severe injuries and was shifted to Karachi on a chartered flight last night.
He showed the utmost dedication & commitment to public service. Govt must bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.
A statement issued by the Customs Department on the demise of the official stated: “This was not the first attack on customs officials engaged in anti-smuggling operations […] in the last three years, 10 officers/officials have lost their lives and dozens injured.
“Besides the fatalities, there have been notable instances of staff being kidnapped, especially in Balochistan and KP provinces, to browbeat the Customs Department into submission,” the statement added.
The social media expressed their concern and sorrow over the death of Dr. Abdul Quddus Sheikh, the commentators paid homage to the brave custom official on Twitter.
“Very sad to learn about the passing away of young civil servant Dr. Abdul Quddus Sheikh… He showed the utmost dedication & commitment to public service. Govt must bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. My sympathies are with the bereaved family!” wrote opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif.
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“Dr. Abdul Qudoos Shaikh #Shaheed is no more with us. No words to express the pain and grief we share for his loss. May Allah give patience to his family,” wrote Deputy Commissioner Islamabad on Twitter.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ 😥
Dr Abdul Qudoos Shaikh #Shaheed is no more with us. No words to express the pain and grief we share for his loss. May Allah give patience to his family. https://t.co/D4veqdRvXx
— Office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) July 9, 2019
Allah give him highest ranks in jannah. Any idea if criminals have been caught or not? I hope his family is safe. Is govt taking care of his family?
— Humaira 🇵🇰 (@HumairaWajahat) July 9, 2019
RIP, this is the status of rule of law and state writ in Pakistan. State institutions gradually losing its fear in the country due to the unprofessional govt functionaries. such fearless people are the real gems and deserve respect.
— Raza Ullah (@roheespk) July 9, 2019
Very sad to learn about the passing away of young civil servant Dr Abdul Quddus Sheikh… He showed utmost dedication & commitment to public service. Govt must bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. My sympathies are with the bereaved family! https://t.co/mcF7Mxo3BF
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 9, 2019
Dr Abdul Quddus Sheikh ( Deputy Collector Customs has passed away..May Allah Blesses him and Grant him Janat .Ameen pic.twitter.com/sRuhth0VB0
— Ali Ahmed Langau (@AliAhmedNp) July 9, 2019