Father of slain youth from Waziristan, Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud, has passed away, on Monday, after a prolonged battle against cancer in the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Rawalpindi.
Mohammad Khan was suffering from cancer for the last six to seven months and had been admitted to the CMH. On Monday, he gave in to his illness and passed away, leaving his struggle to bring justice to the killers of his son unattained.
#MuhammadKhan father of an aspiring model #NaqeebMehsud has passed away.He was battling cancer for the last several months.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon
May Allah grant him peace and tranquility in the highest Jannah, and May He bestow sabr on his beautiful family@mazdaki pic.twitter.com/sekYa3vBQy
— Aima Khan (@aima_kh) December 2, 2019
His son, Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud was falsely killed during an encounter in Karachi, led by the notorious SSP Rao Anwar and his team.
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Lillahi Rajioun. Father of #NaqeebMehsud Mohd Khan sb passed away today battling cancer. His janaza will be offered in Tank tomorrow 10am and in his village Makeen 2pm. He was a remarkable man with great resolve, we must carry forward his struggle for justice pic.twitter.com/l8hCU2gSPe
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) December 2, 2019
Sources reveal that Mohammad Khan’s janaza will be held in Tank tomorrow at 10 am, and later in his village, Makeen, at 2 pm.
Naqeeb’s Father Passes Away
Opinion makers, analysts, and civil society members have come forward to offer their condolences to Mohammad Khan’s family, and hail his steadfastness and dedication in ensuring that his son’s murder is brought to justice.
Pakistan bloodbath update — Yesterday, mother of a forcibly disappeared Siraiki activist died while waiting for her son. Today father of an extra-judicially killed Pashtun man passed away while fighting for justice for his son. #NaqeebullahMehsud
— Rabia Mehmood – رابعہ (@Rabail26) December 2, 2019
Nida Kirmani, a noteworthy academician and activist, said, “Muhammad Khan, the courageous father of Naqeebullah Mehsud, has succumbed to cancer. He left this world without receiving justice for his son’s murder. Meanwhile, Naqeeb’s killer, Rao Anwar, and his enablers roam free.”
Muhammad Khan, the courageous father of #NaqeebullahMehsud, has succumbed to cancer. He left this world without receiving justice for his son’s murder. Meanwhile Naqeeb’s killer, Rao Anwar, and his enablers roam free. إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ pic.twitter.com/LfNGJHTESR
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) December 2, 2019
Many journalists and observers came forward to criticize the merits of justice in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s model of the State of Medina, lamenting that Naqeeb Ullah’s father could not witness justice in his son’s brutal murder case.
Naqibullah Mehsud's father dies without seeing justice for son's murder; Mustafa Kanju's mother passes away waiting for her missing son kidnapped by the agencies; Mashal's father booked for being at a rally, tearing up in son's memory. Riasat-e-Madina mein Insaf kaa bol bala he.
— Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) December 2, 2019
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Imad Zafar, a prominent broadcaster and columnist, highlighted that SSP Rao Anwar continues to enjoy “protection” despite killing more than 400 people in alleged encounters.
He said, “He killed around 450 people and protected by the deep state. Naqeeb was supposed to be protected by the state, his father who died expected the state to give him justice. We are living in a country where law and system only work to keep the hegemony of the deep state intact.”
He killed around 450 people and protected by the deep state. Naqeeb was supposed to be protected by the state, his father who died expected state to give him justice . We are living in a country where law and system only works to keep the hegemony of the deep state intact. pic.twitter.com/6BWj8dRj3z
— imad zafar (@rjimad) December 2, 2019
Father of #NaqeebullahMehsud died after losing a battle against #cancer. The tragic aspect of the whole episode is that he buried all his wishes along with him as the system badly failed to provide him #Justice in ruthless killing of his son by a serving police officer. #raoanwar https://t.co/IWI0L01ae8
— Rehmat Mehsud (@RehmatMehsuds) December 2, 2019
Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had visited Naqeebullah Mehsud’s house in April last year and assured his father that the Pakistan Army would extend support in his struggle to obtain justice for his son.
At Makeen COAS also met father of Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud, condoled and offered Fatiha. COAS said that Army shall support all efforts to let him get the justice. pic.twitter.com/jwn8g0LVSz
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) April 5, 2018
Earlier this year, Mohammad Khan had uploaded a video message to warn all malevolent anti-state forces against using his son’s name to malign state institutions, particularly the Pakistan Army. He had said that those responsible for his son’s murder were in uniform, and justice will also be ensured by those who wear the uniform.
Naqeeb’s father said that he has no doubts over the intentions of state institutions, and had expressed his faith in the promises made by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief and the Chief Justice of Pakistan to bring the culprits to justice.
Father of Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud Shaheed said:
◾ Peace has returned in FATA due to Army's efforts.
◾ Army has done rehabilitation work in FATA by building markets, hospitals, schools.
◾ Whoever is sloganeering against Army is against Pakistan.pic.twitter.com/YQ6llu7y5c
— Shah! (@Warwounded__) January 17, 2019
Now that Mohammad Khan has succumbed to his prolonged battle with cancer, many have come forward to criticize the failure of state institutions, and all those who promised to bring justice to Naqeeb’s murder.
Father of #NaqeebUllahMehsud died seeking justice while killer Rao Anwar roams free. #COAS had promised him justice but alas he could not remember his promise. #COAS, legal system, political figures, #Pakistan failed at every level to provide justice to him. Rest in peace https://t.co/KFUgetTJcB
— Irfan (@irfan_U194) December 2, 2019